Perriello certified the winner, Goode wants a recount
It's official. On Monday, November 24, the State Board of Elections certified Tom Perriello (D-Ivy) as the new Congressman-elect from Virginia's Fifth District by the narrow margin of 745 votes in an election that saw over 315,000 cast.
Within hours of the certification, Congressman Virgil Goode (R-Rocky Mount) called a press conference, not to concede, but to officially request a recount.
"The morning after the Election Night, with all precincts reporting, we were ahead by 446 votes," said Goode. "Since that time, over 3,200 votes have changed– the largest changes coming from cities and counties that voted for my opponent."
Goode acknowledged that the recount will be "an uphill battle."
When it comes to getting out the vote in Perriello's favor, though, Goode gives the credit to the young people of Central Virginia. "There was a huge student turnout in Charlottesville and Albemarle," says Goode. "My opponent had a 25,000 vote lead out of Charlottesville and Albemarle, and that was tough to overcome."
Asked what the future might hold should this result hold, Goode said simply, "It's too early to talk about that."
Goode says he expects the recount to be complete within "the first or second week of December."