McDonnell, a state delegate from Virginia Beach, Va., had 970,886 votes while state Sen. R. Creigh Deeds, D-Bath, had 970,563 votes. Deeds has said he will ask Virginia courts for a recount, The Washington Post reported on its Web site.
The 323-vote margin out of 1.94 million ballots in the Nov. 8 election is considered the closest statewide election in state history.
Virginia election officials also made the election of Timothy Kaine, a Democrat, as governor official while Republican Bill Bolling was certified as having won the race for lieutenant governor.
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