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Herring win gives Va. Dems rare sweep for top jobs

Thursday - 12/19/2013, 3:06am  ET

Virginia State Sen. Mark Obenshain gestures as his wife Suzanne looks on during a news conference at the Capitol in Richmond, Va., Wednesday, Dec. 18, 2013. Obenshain conceded the race for Attorney General to Democrat Mark Herring after a recount showed his losing ground in votes. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)

Herring celebrates recount win

Max Smith, WTOP

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Obenshain concedes, Va. AG race ends

Mark Herring, attorney general-elect

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STEVE SZKOTAK
Associated Press

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) -- A statewide recount has finally ended the nail-biting race for Virginia attorney general, giving Democrats their first top-of-the-ticket sweep since 1989 in a state that once was reliably red.

Democratic state Sen. Mark Herring emerged the victor on Wednesday with the recount adding hundreds of votes to his column. He had led Republican state Sen. Mark Obenshain by a mere 165 votes among more than 2.2 million ballots cast on Nov. 5.

It was the closest statewide race in modern Virginia political history.

Herring represents a district in Loudoun County. He joked that friends have begun calling him "landslide Herring."

Obenshain conceded as the recount made it clear Herring's lead was insurmountable.


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