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Candidate seeks recount in Virginia attorney general race

Del. Jason Miyares, R-Virginia Beach, seated center, receives applause from House members...
Del. Jason Miyares, R-Virginia Beach, seated center, receives applause from House members during the House session at the Capitol in Richmond, Va., Tuesday, Feb. 13, 2018. Miyares gave a stirring speech on the Victims of Communism memorial resolution. His mother left Cuba when she was 19 after living under communist rule. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)(Steve Helber | AP)
Updated: May. 10, 2021 at 6:49 PM EDT
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FALLS CHURCH, Va. (AP) - A Republican who narrowly lost the nomination for attorney general at a party convention in Virginia is requesting a recount.

Hard-right candidate Chuck Smith lost to Del. Jason Miyares by a 52-48 margin after ballots of more than 30,000 delegates were counted Sunday.

The contest was closer than expected and involved multiple rounds of voting under a ranked-choice voting system implemented by party officials.

In a statement Monday, Smith said he requested the recount after reports that ballots from him were added to Miyares’ stack and vice versa.

Smith’s campaign provided no further details about what allegedly occurred.

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