Goode has until Dec. 4th to ask for a recount. Virginia law allows the losing candidate to request one recount if the margin is less than one percentage point.
Democrat Tom Perriello defeated Republican Rep. Virgil H. Goode Jr. by 745 votes in the Nov. 4 election, Virginia's elections board said Monday as it certified results in the closely contested 5th District.
With Perriello's victory, Democrats will have at least 256 House seats in the next Congress, compared with 175 for the Republicans.Make that at least 257, since Rep. William Jefferson will almost certainly win LA-2 like he always does.
Republicans currently lead in uncalled races in California's 4th District and Ohio's 15th District. There are also general elections Dec. 6 in Louisiana's 2nd and 4th Congressional Districts.
Over on the Senate side, Nate Silver at FiveThirtyEight.com makes the case that Al Franken will win the Minnesota recount. The Georgia runoff between Saxby Chambliss and Jim Martin takes place on December 2nd.