RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC)- Well into the evening on Wednesday, localities across Virginia were still updating unofficial results online–numbers that made the difference in several close races that were uncertain when Election Day came to a close.
The Virginia Department of Elections said record-shattering early voting caused expected delays. The state set an 11pm cut off time on Tuesday for processing early in-person and mail-in ballots. Localities were ordered to report their tallies afterwards but there was no universal time set for posting those updates.
On Wednesday morning, Republican Daniel Gade conceded to Democratic Sen. Mark Warner. Warner was deemed the projected winner moments after polls closed but Gade refused to admit defeat on Election Day, citing close and incomplete results online.
Overnight, Democrat Cameron Webb conceded to Republican Bob Good in Virginia’s District 5 after incremental results made it clear he had no path to victory. Later Wednesday morning, District 2 was called in Democratic Rep. Elaine Luria’s favor in a close contest against former Republican Congressman Scott Taylor.
It wasn’t until Wednesday evening that Virginians learned Democratic Rep. Abigail Spanberger was projected to win District 7. Unofficial t
Although key races have now been called in Virginia, ballots that have yet to arrive will still be accepted through Friday, November 6th at noon as long as they are postmarked by Election Day.
In a press briefing on Tuesday, state Election Commissioner Chris Piper warned it might take a while after that deadline to release a final tally.
“There could be some processing that occurs on Friday and maybe even on Saturday or Sunday,” Piper said. “The numbers may not be updated right at noon on Friday but in the hours and even days afterward.”
To ensure accuracy, Piper said that localities have to review and certifiy their results by November 10th. The Virginia Board of Elections will convene on November 16th to certify the tallies statewide.