Congressman-Elect Tom Perriello by 749 Votes

Although the results in Virginia’s 5th Congressional District are not yet final, Tom Perriello increased his lead after a bipartisan canvass of every county and city in the district.

On Friday at news conference in Martinsville, Perriello declared victory, with unofficial State Board of Elections results showing a 749 vote margin for the Democrat. Former 5th District Democratic Congressman L.F. Payne has agreed to head up Perriello’s transition team.

The State Board of Elections is scheduled to certify the results on Nov. 24. At that point, the candidate who is certified to be on the losing end of the election can request a recount, according to the State Board of Elections. Given Perriello’s current lead, it’s highly unlikely that the results would be overturned, but count on Congressman Goode to spend the taxpayer’s money for a personal ego trip of a recount.

On a more positive note, take the time to watch the video from Perriello’s news conference Friday, which is found on his campaign website. While there, be sure to read the note of thanks from Congressman-Elect Tom Perriello. Tom is my kind of politician. I’m proud to have contributed to his race.


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