The Corner

RECOUNTS

Unless something unforeseen happens, we’re looking at a recount in Virginia, where the law calls for a state-paid recount if the difference between candidates is one-half of one percent or less. According to numbers on the Virginia State Board of Elections website, Webb and Allen are separated by 8,359 votes, out of a total 2,361,441 cast — a difference of about one-third of one percent.  The situation is different in Montana, where Burns and Tester are separated by 3,113 votes out of 341,891 cast.  There, the recount standard is one-quarter of one percent, so if those totals hold up, a state-paid recount is unlikely.