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   }}{{tnr}}'''Mark R. Herring''' (b. September 25, 1961) is a [[Democratic Party|Democratic]] member of the [[Virginia State Senate]], representing District 33. He was first elected to the chamber in 2005. He is a current [[Democratic]] candidate for [[Attorney General of Virginia|state attorney general]] in [[Virginia attorney general election, 2013|2013]].<ref name=ag13>[http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/virginia-politics/post/sen-mark-herring-to-run-for-attorney-general-in-2013/2012/07/24/gJQAbHet6W_blog.html ''The Washington Post,'' "Sen. Mark Herring to run for attorney general in 2013," July 24, 2012]</ref> Herring defeated [[Justin Fairfax]] in the Democratic primary election on June 11, 2013 and faced Republican nominee [[Mark Obenshain]] in the general election.<ref>[http://bluevirginia.us/diary/9504/virginia-primary-election-results-live-blog ''Blue Virginia,'' "Virginia Primary Election Results Live Blog," June 11, 2013]</ref>
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   }}{{tnr}}'''Mark R. Herring''' (b. September 25, 1961, in Johnson City, [[Tennessee]]) is the current [[Democratic]] [[Attorney General of Virginia]]. He was elected on [[Virginia attorney general election, 2013|November 5, 2013]] and took office January 11, 2014.<ref name=ag13>[http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/virginia-politics/post/sen-mark-herring-to-run-for-attorney-general-in-2013/2012/07/24/gJQAbHet6W_blog.html ''The Washington Post'', "Sen. Mark Herring to run for attorney general in 2013," July 24, 2012]</ref> Herring defeated [[Justin Fairfax]] in the Democratic primary election on June 11, 2013 and faced Republican nominee [[Mark Obenshain]] in the general election.<ref> [http://electionresults.virginia.gov/resultsSW.aspx?type=SWR&map=CTY ''Virginia State Board of Elections,'' " Election Results – General Election – November 5, 2013," accessed November 25, 2013] </ref><ref>[http://www.washingtonpost.com/local/virginia-politics/herring-wins-virginia-attorney-general-race-elections-board-announces/2013/11/25/7b661082-55e7-11e3-835d-e7173847c7cc_story.html ''Washington Post'', "Herring wins Virginia attorney general race, elections board announces," November 25, 2013]</ref>
  
When the Virginia State Board of Elections certified the results of the attorney general race on November 25, 2013, Herring was named the winner by a razor-thin margin of 164 votes out of 2.2 million cast.<ref> [http://electionresults.virginia.gov/resultsSW.aspx?type=SWR&map=CTY ''Virginia State Board of Elections,'' " Election Results – General Election – November 5, 2013," accessed November 13, 2013 at 7:40 a.m. CT] </ref> The race appears headed for a recount, which can be initiated by the losing party if the margin of victory once the totals are certified is less than 1 percent.<ref> [http://www.washingtonpost.com/local/virginia-politics/obenshain-herring-in-dead-heat-in-virginia-attorney-generals-race-recount-expected/2013/11/06/f3d49976-46b0-11e3-b6f8-3782ff6cb769_story.html ''Washington Post,'' "Obenshain, Herring virtually tied in Virginia attorney general’s race; recount expected," November 6, 2013] </ref> <ref> [http://www.politico.com/story/2013/11/election-results-2013-ralph-northam-ew-jackson-99431.html ''Politico,'' "Recount for Virginia attorney general election possible," November 6, 2013] </ref>
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Herring's 165 vote margin of victory in the 2013 attorney general contest was narrow enough to activate Obenshain's right, as the losing candidate, to request a publicly financed recount, which he did on November 27.<ref>[http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/2013/11/27/virginia-attorney-general-recount-obenshain-herring/3766131/ ''USA Today,'' "Virginia attorney general race heads to recount," November 27, 2013]</ref><ref>[http://www.politico.com/story/2013/11/mark-obenshain-mark-herring-virginia-attorney-general-race-recount-100407.html ''Politico'', "Mark Obenshain to request recount in Virginia attorney general race," November 26, 2013]</ref> The recount began on December 26, and Obenshain conceded two days later, in a news conference in Richmond. “It’s apparent that our campaign is going to come up a few votes short,” Obenshain told reporters.<ref>[http://www.washingtonpost.com/local/virginia-politics/obenshain-to-concede-virginia-attorney-generals-race-on-wednesday-in-richmond/2013/12/18/fe85a31c-67e7-11e3-8b5b-a77187b716a3_story.html ''Washington Post'', Obenshain concedes Virginia attorney general’s race to Herring, December 18, 2013]</ref> Herring's win gave Democrats control of the office for the first time in almost two decades.<ref>[http://www.politico.com/story/2013/11/mark-obenshain-mark-herring-virginia-attorney-general-race-recount-100407.html ''Politico'', "Mark Obenshain to request recount in Virginia attorney general race," November 26, 2013]</ref>
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Prior to his election as Attorney General, Herring was a [[Democratic Party|Democratic]] member of the [[Virginia State Senate]], representing District 33 from 2006 until his inauguration in 2014.
  
 
==Biography==
 
==Biography==
 
Herring received a B.A. in Foreign Affairs and Economics and M.A. in Foreign Affairs at the University of Virginia. He also received a J.D. at the University of Richmond. Herring is an attorney at law.
 
Herring received a B.A. in Foreign Affairs and Economics and M.A. in Foreign Affairs at the University of Virginia. He also received a J.D. at the University of Richmond. Herring is an attorney at law.
  
==Committee assignments==
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==Political career==
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===Attorney General (2014-present)===
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When the Virginia State Board of Elections certified the results of the attorney general race on November 25, 2013, Herring was named the winner by a razor-thin margin of 165 votes out of 2.2 million cast.<ref> [http://bluevirginia.us/showComment.do?commentId=37048 ''Blue Virginia,'' "Attorney General-Elect Herring: "I look forward to serving the people of Virginia as Attorney General," November 25, 2013]</ref> After the board's announcement, Herring issued a statement pledging to use the attorney general's office to improve "public safety, veterans services, civil rights, consumer and small business protections, and ethics in our public sphere," in Virginia. "Our guiding principle will be to put the law and Virginians first, instead of adherence to extreme ideology." His statement heralded the end of the reign of conservative then-officeholder [[Ken Cuccinelli]] (R), whom Herring formally succeeded on January 11, 2014, following his survival of a statewide recount that ultimately expanded Herring's margin of victory over Republican opponent [[Mark Obenshain]] in the November 2013 general election to a more decisive 907 votes, up from 165.<ref>[http://bluevirginia.us/diary/9504/virginia-primary-election-results-live-blog ''Blue Virginia,'' "Virginia Primary Election Results Live Blog," June 11, 2013]</ref> He later survived a recount and was succeeded former GOP attorney general [[Ken Cuccineli
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In the 2012-2013 legislative session, Herring served on the following committees:
 
In the 2012-2013 legislative session, Herring served on the following committees:
 
*[[Commerce and Labor Committee, Virginia Senate|Commerce and Labor Committee]]
 
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*[[Rehabilitation and Social Services Committee, Virginia Senate|Rehabilitation and Social Services]]
 
*[[Rehabilitation and Social Services Committee, Virginia Senate|Rehabilitation and Social Services]]
  
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In the 2010-2011 legislative session, Herring served on the following committees:
 
In the 2010-2011 legislative session, Herring served on the following committees:
 
*[[Commerce and Labor Committee, Virginia Senate|Commerce and Labor]]
 
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===Banning "Spice"===
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Herring introduced a bill for the 2011 General Assembly session to ban the synthetic marijuana, nicknamed K2 or Spice.
 
Herring introduced a bill for the 2011 General Assembly session to ban the synthetic marijuana, nicknamed K2 or Spice.
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On July 24, 2012, Herring filed paperwork with the secretary of state in statement of his plans to run for [[Attorney General of Virginia|attorney general]] in [[Virginia state executive official elections, 2013|2013]]. Incumbent attorney general [[Ken Cuccinelli]] opted to run for governor in 2013 instead of seek re-election as the state's chief law enforcement official.<ref name=ag13/>
 
On July 24, 2012, Herring filed paperwork with the secretary of state in statement of his plans to run for [[Attorney General of Virginia|attorney general]] in [[Virginia state executive official elections, 2013|2013]]. Incumbent attorney general [[Ken Cuccinelli]] opted to run for governor in 2013 instead of seek re-election as the state's chief law enforcement official.<ref name=ag13/>
  
Herring defeated one opponent, [[Justin Fairfax]], to win the [[Democratic]] primary election on June 11, 2013. He then faced Republican nominee [[Mark Obenshain]] in the general election on November 5, 2013. Herring was named the winner after the State Board of Elections certified the results of the race on November 25, 2013.<ref>[http://www.charlotteobserver.com/2013/11/12/4461029/seesaw-ag-race-in-va-goes-to-provisional.html#.UoOMvI3PbSc ''The Charlotte Observer,'' "Democrat Herring widens lead in Va.'s AG race," November 12, 2013]</ref><ref> [http://electionresults.virginia.gov/resultsSW.aspx?type=SWR&map=CTY ''Virginia State Board of Elections,'' " Election Results – General Election – November 5, 2013," accessed November 13, 2013 at 7:40 a.m. CT] </ref><ref>[http://www.washingtonpost.com/local/virginia-politics/herring-wins-virginia-attorney-general-race-elections-board-announces/2013/11/25/7b661082-55e7-11e3-835d-e7173847c7cc_story.html ''Washington Post,'' "Herring wins Virginia attorney general race, elections board announces," November 25, 2013]</ref>
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Herring defeated one opponent, [[Justin Fairfax]], to win the [[Democratic]] primary election on June 11, 2013. He then faced Republican nominee [[Mark Obenshain]] in the general election on November 5, 2013. Herring was named the winner after the State Board of Elections certified the results of the race on November 25, 2013.<ref>[http://www.charlotteobserver.com/2013/11/12/4461029/seesaw-ag-race-in-va-goes-to-provisional.html#.UoOMvI3PbSc ''The Charlotte Observer,'' "Democrat Herring widens lead in Va.'s AG race," November 12, 2013]</ref><ref> [http://electionresults.virginia.gov/resultsSW.aspx?type=SWR&map=CTY ''Virginia State Board of Elections,'' " Election Results – General Election – November 5, 2013," accessed November 13, 2013 at 7:40 a.m. CT] </ref><ref>[http://www.washingtonpost.com/local/virginia-politics/herring-wins-virginia-attorney-general-race-elections-board-announces/2013/11/25/7b661082-55e7-11e3-835d-e7173847c7cc_story.html ''Washington Post'', "Herring wins Virginia attorney general race, elections board announces," November 25, 2013]</ref> Obenshain subsequently requested a taxpayer-funded recount, which took place the week of December 16. Obenshain ultimately conceded the election to Herring on December 18.<ref name=recountdate/>  
  
 
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===Endorsements===
 
===Endorsements===
Herring's 2013 attorney general campaign has been endorsed by ''The Washington Post'', former Virginia House Minority Leader [[Ward Armstrong]], former Virginia Democratic Party Chairman Brian Moran, in addition to the following list of public officials<ref>[http://blogs.roanoke.com/politics/2012/12/03/former-del-ward-armstrong-wont-run-statewide-in-2013/ ''The Roanoke Times,'' "Former Del. Ward Armstrong won't run statewide in 2013," December 12, 2013]</ref><ref>[http://www.herringforag.com/endorsements ''Mark Herring for AG 2013,'' "Endorsements," accessed March 29, 2013]</ref><ref>[http://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/virginia-endorsements-ralph-northam-and-mark-herring/2013/10/15/5b78bf72-35c1-11e3-80c6-7e6dd8d22d8f_story.html ''The Washington Post,'' "Virginia endorsements: Ralph Northam and Mark Herring," October 16, 2013]</ref>:
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Herring's 2013 attorney general campaign was endorsed by ''The Washington Post'', former Virginia House Minority Leader [[Ward Armstrong]], former Virginia Democratic Party Chairman Brian Moran, in addition to the following list of public officials<ref>[http://blogs.roanoke.com/politics/2012/12/03/former-del-ward-armstrong-wont-run-statewide-in-2013/ ''The Roanoke Times,'' "Former Del. Ward Armstrong won't run statewide in 2013," December 12, 2013]</ref><ref>[http://www.herringforag.com/endorsements ''Mark Herring for AG 2013,'' "Endorsements," accessed March 29, 2013]</ref><ref>[http://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/virginia-endorsements-ralph-northam-and-mark-herring/2013/10/15/5b78bf72-35c1-11e3-80c6-7e6dd8d22d8f_story.html ''The Washington Post'', "Virginia endorsements: Ralph Northam and Mark Herring," October 16, 2013]</ref>:
 
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Mark Herring
Mark Herring.jpg
Attorney General of Virginia
Incumbent
In office
January 11,2014 - Present
Term ends
2018
Years in position 0
PartyDemocratic
PredecessorKen Cuccinelli (R)
Compensation
Base salary$150,000/year
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 5, 2013
First elected2013
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
Virginia State Senator, Virginia Senate District 33
2006-2014
Education
Bachelor'sUniversity of Virginia
Master'sUniversity of Virginia
J.D.University of Richmond
Personal
Birthday09/25/1961
Place of birthJohnson City, TN
ProfessionAttorney
ReligionPresbyterian
Websites
Office website
Campaign website
Mark R. Herring (b. September 25, 1961, in Johnson City, Tennessee) is the current Democratic Attorney General of Virginia. He was elected on November 5, 2013 and took office January 11, 2014.[1] Herring defeated Justin Fairfax in the Democratic primary election on June 11, 2013 and faced Republican nominee Mark Obenshain in the general election.[2][3]

Herring's 165 vote margin of victory in the 2013 attorney general contest was narrow enough to activate Obenshain's right, as the losing candidate, to request a publicly financed recount, which he did on November 27.[4][5] The recount began on December 26, and Obenshain conceded two days later, in a news conference in Richmond. “It’s apparent that our campaign is going to come up a few votes short,” Obenshain told reporters.[6] Herring's win gave Democrats control of the office for the first time in almost two decades.[7]

Prior to his election as Attorney General, Herring was a Democratic member of the Virginia State Senate, representing District 33 from 2006 until his inauguration in 2014.

Biography

Herring received a B.A. in Foreign Affairs and Economics and M.A. in Foreign Affairs at the University of Virginia. He also received a J.D. at the University of Richmond. Herring is an attorney at law.

Political career

Attorney General (2014-present)

When the Virginia State Board of Elections certified the results of the attorney general race on November 25, 2013, Herring was named the winner by a razor-thin margin of 165 votes out of 2.2 million cast.[8] After the board's announcement, Herring issued a statement pledging to use the attorney general's office to improve "public safety, veterans services, civil rights, consumer and small business protections, and ethics in our public sphere," in Virginia. "Our guiding principle will be to put the law and Virginians first, instead of adherence to extreme ideology." His statement heralded the end of the reign of conservative then-officeholder Ken Cuccinelli (R), whom Herring formally succeeded on January 11, 2014, following his survival of a statewide recount that ultimately expanded Herring's margin of victory over Republican opponent Mark Obenshain in the November 2013 general election to a more decisive 907 votes, up from 165.[9] He later survived a recount and was succeeded former GOP attorney general [[Ken Cuccineli

Virginia Senate (2006-2014)

Committee assignments

2012-2013

In the 2012-2013 legislative session, Herring served on the following committees:

2010-2011

In the 2010-2011 legislative session, Herring served on the following committees:

Issues

Banning "Spice"

Herring introduced a bill for the 2011 General Assembly session to ban the synthetic marijuana, nicknamed K2 or Spice.

"There’s a reason stores are putting it on their shelves — because teens and young adults are buying it and smoking it," said Herring.

Synthetic marijuana was created in the 1990’s in a lab at Clemson University and has been available for several years, but a nationwide move to ban the substances is only now gaining ground. If the bill passes, Virginia will become the 11th state regulating the product.

Del. T. Scott Garrett, R-Lynchburg, said he became concerned with "K2" after hearing reports from law enforcement about people coming into the emergency room after smoking it. One young man was "taken to the emergency room and couldn’t move his arms and legs," Garrett said.[10]

Elections

2013

See also: Virginia attorney general election, 2013

On July 24, 2012, Herring filed paperwork with the secretary of state in statement of his plans to run for attorney general in 2013. Incumbent attorney general Ken Cuccinelli opted to run for governor in 2013 instead of seek re-election as the state's chief law enforcement official.[1]

Herring defeated one opponent, Justin Fairfax, to win the Democratic primary election on June 11, 2013. He then faced Republican nominee Mark Obenshain in the general election on November 5, 2013. Herring was named the winner after the State Board of Elections certified the results of the race on November 25, 2013.[11][12][13] Obenshain subsequently requested a taxpayer-funded recount, which took place the week of December 16. Obenshain ultimately conceded the election to Herring on December 18.[14]

  • General Election - 2013 Attorney General Race
Recount: Virginia Attorney General General Election, 2013
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngMark Herring (MOV post-recount +907) 50% 1,105,045
     Republican Mark Obenshain 50% 1,104,138
Total Votes 2,209,183
Election Results Virginia State Board of Elections.
Virginia Attorney General General Election, 2013
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngMark Herring (MOV pre-recount +165) 49.9% 1,103,777
     Republican Mark Obenshain 49.9% 1,103,612
     N/A Write-In 0.2% 4,892
Total Votes 2,212,281
Election Results via Virginia State Board of Elections.

Recount

On November 25, 2013, the Virginia State Board of Elections certified the results of the attorney general race and declared Mark Herring (D) the winner. According to the certified vote totals, Herring defeated Mark Obenshain (R) by 165 votes out of 2.2 million cast.[15][16][17] A publicly-financed recount was ordered for the week of December 16, and Obenshain conceded on December 18. Judge Beverly W. Snukals, oversaw the recount court as it evaluated the ballot submissions from localities. Ultimately, the court upheld Herring's victory. According to the official recount results posted by the Virginia SBE, Herring beat Obenshain by 907 votes- a wide margin, in comparison to 165 vote difference calculated prior to the recount.[18][19][20]

Under state election law, the trailing candidate can request a recount if the margin of victory is less than 1 percent. If the margin is over half a percent, the candidate must pay for the recount.[21] Local election boards had until November 19, 2013 to certify their results and pass them onto the Virginia State Board of Elections, who faced a November 25 certification deadline.[22]

A recount in race for state attorney general had not been without recent precedent - in 2005 now-Gov. Bob McDonnell ran for the office against Creigh Deeds. The first result showed McDonnell with a victory of 323 votes, out of over 1.9 million votes cast. Deeds went on to file for a recount, which began on December 20, 2005. After preliminary figures revealed 37 additional votes for McDonnell, Deeds conceded, giving McDonnell a 360 vote margin of victory.[21]

In the event of a recount, elections officials double-check and re-add totals from voting machine records. During the 2005 recount, the returns from nine precincts were also examined by hand.[23] The recount cannot take place until after the vote is certified by the Board of Elections. Once that occurs, the apparent losing candidate has ten calendar days to file a recount petition with the Circuit Court of the City of Richmond.

The recount court, which determines the procedures of the recount, consists of the Chief Judge of the Circuit Court where the recount petition was filed and two other judges appointed by the Chief Justice of Supreme Court of Virginia. The court then appoints recount officials to represent the respective parties to the recount. Once all the votes cast are recounted, the court certifies the candidate with the most votes as the winner.[24]

Tracking the count

See also: 2013 Recount review: Herring's win seals Democratic sweep in Virginia
 :: Race for Virginia Attorney General remains too close to call

Late Tuesday night of election day - November 5, 2013 - Virginia Republican Party Chairman Pat Mullins sent out an e-mail congratulating Mark Obenshain (R), although neither he nor Herring had claimed victory or conceded. "We want to make sure all precincts are accounted for and results are accurate, all absentee ballots are counted and every Virginian who cast a provisional ballot has their voice heard," Herring said.[25] By Friday after election day, results were still inconclusive; it was reported that there were 8,363 absentee ballot requests in Fairfax County, but only 4,168 of those votes were counted. 50.3% is a very low percentage for return when neighboring districts 10 and 11 had a return rate of 88% and 86% respectively. With it being a heavily Democratic area, it was expected that the approximately 3,000 ballots that had not been counted were likely to result in Herring taking the lead. Another discrepancy was found in the total number of absentee ballots cast. A pre-election news story by WUSA-9 showed Fairfax County reporting over 24,300 absentee ballots case, while the state Board of Elections’ site had reported just 22,484 absentee ballots cast as of November 7.[26] By the end of the weekend it was reported that instead of absentee votes, the main problem in Fairfax began with a malfunctioning optical scan machine in the Mason Governmental Center on Columbia Pike. The machine began Tuesday in good shape but stopped working after 710 ballots had been cast. Those ballots were then fed into a working machine and voting continued on that machine. By the end of the day, that machine produced a total of 2,688 votes. When election results were counted, the county reported the 710 votes instead of the 2,688 votes meaning 1978 votes were left unreported. Bedford county also found sizable errors and added another 732 votes to the count after election night. The Republican leaning county added 581 of those votes to Obenshain.[27]

A major battle took place over provisional votes - ballots cast by people who did not have legally permissible ID at the polls. Voters who cast these ballots had until Noon on November 8 to show proper ID to their local election board and explain why they cast a provisional vote. Board of Elections staff also reviewed every provisional vote and it was up to the Board to accept or reject each ballot.[28] As of the evening of November 11, the Fairfax County Election Board had rejected 138 provisional ballots and accepted 172, with 183 left to evaluate.[29] Just weeks before the election the State Board of Elections initiated a purge of over 38,000 names from the voter rolls. Some local administrators reported finding hundreds of names that should not have been removed, which may have potentially increased the number of provisional ballots cast.[30] Both campaigns urged voters to certify their ballots to ensure their vote was counted.[31] Taking into account a rule change, the Fairfax County Electoral Board certified its results around midnight of November 12.[32] In the end, the board upheld 271 of the freshly scrutinized provisional ballots: 160 went to Herring and 103 to Obenshain.[33], boosting Herring to declare himself the race's victor, despite Obenshain's refusal to concede "the closest statewide election in Virginia history."[34][35]

Herring's original margin of victory was slim enough to activate Obenshain's right, as the losing candidate, to request a state-funded recount, which he did on November 27.[36][37] The recount began on December 16, and Obenshain conceded two days later in a news conference in Richmond. While the three-member recount court had not yet finished tallying votes, unofficial totals from December 18 showed Herring had gained almost 800 votes.[38] “It’s apparent that our campaign is going to come up a few votes short,” Obenshain told reporters.[39] His loss gave Democrats control of the office for the first time in nearly two decades.[40]


  • Primary election - 2013 Attorney General Race
Attorney General of Virginia Democratic Primary Election, 2013
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngMark Herring 51.7% 72,861
Justin Fairfax 48.3% 68,177
Total Votes 141,038
Election Results Via:Virginia State Board of Elections.


Race background

In March 2013, Governing magazine rated Virginia's open attorney general seat as "vulnerable" heading into the 2013-2014 elections because incumbent Republican Ken Cuccinelli was not running for re-election.[41]

The race to replace Cuccinelli began at the primary nomination stage; both Republican convention and Democratic election candidates drew primary contests. On May 18, two "strong fiscal and social conservatives"[41] -- state Sen. Mark Obenshain and state Rep. Rob Bell -- competed for delegate votes at the Republican Party of Virginia's closed nominating convention, which Obenshain won.[42] The nominee's late father, GOP politician Richard Obenshain, died in a plane crash during his 1978 campaign for U.S. Senate. Obenshain faced state Sen. Mark Herring in the general election. Herring defeated former assistant U.S. Attorney for Virginia Justin Fairfax in the Democratic primary election, which took place on June 11, 2013.[43][41]

Although Obenshain was considered the early front-runner, polls showed Herring leading by a very slim margin in late October 2013, a likely effect, or occupational hazard, for Obenshain, of sharing what had become a contaminated GOP ticket. One week before election day, at least two influential backers - Planned Parenthood and Independence USA PAC - hoped to widen the gap with roughly one million dollars worth of media spots lampooning Obenshain for his past support of a "personhood" amendment, which would have banned birth control and abortions regardless of the circumstances," in addition to his stance against increased background checks on prospective gun owners. Independence USA PAC was heavily driven by New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg. The PAC had already invested millions into ads hammering "far-right" Republican gubernatorial candidate Ken Cuccinelli for his affiliation with the National Rifle Assocation (NRA), and the buys against Obenshain sought to lump the lesser-known AG contender together with Cuccinelli, who was the most recognizable, and possiblly most troubled, candidate appearing on the party's statewide ticket in 2013. Meanwhile, the NRA went on the counterattack; the organization unleashed a $500,000 anti-Herring ad into targeted Virginia markets.[44][45] The NRA's assistance paled in comparison, however, to the $2.6 million infusion from the Republican State Leadership Committee into the the effort to elect Obenshain, whom the committee viewed as the only hope for preventing Democrats from scoring a clean sweep of the state-row races in 2013.[46]


Attorney General of Virginia
Poll Mark Herring (D) Mark Obenshain (R)Not sureMargin of ErrorSample Size
Public Policy Poll
(May 24-28, 2013)
33%32%34%+/-3.8672
Roanoke University Poll
(July 8-14, 2013)
29%33%38%+/-4.3525
Public Policy Poll
(July 11-14, 2013)
38%36%25%+/-4.0601
Roanoke University Poll
(September 30 - October 5, 2013)
35%38%26%+/-3.01,046
Christopher Newport Poll
(October 1-6, 2013)
45%42%14%+/-3.1886
Public Policy Poll (Early voters)
(October 19-20, 26-27, 2013)
54%42%4%+/--1,433
Washington Post/Abt-SRBI Poll
(October 24-27, 2013)
49%46%3%+/-4.5762
Garin Hart Young Poll
(October 22-23, 2013)
48%45%7%+/-3.5802
Christopher Newport University Poll of Likely Voters
(October 25-30, 2013)
43%45%12%+/-3.01,038
AVERAGES 41.56% 39.89% 18.11% +/-2.24 862.78
Note: The polls above may not reflect all polls that have been conducted in this race. Those displayed are a random sampling chosen by Ballotpedia staff. If you would like to nominate another poll for inclusion in the table, send an email to editor@ballotpedia.org.


Endorsements

Herring's 2013 attorney general campaign was endorsed by The Washington Post, former Virginia House Minority Leader Ward Armstrong, former Virginia Democratic Party Chairman Brian Moran, in addition to the following list of public officials[47][48][49]:

  • Members of the State Senate:

Sen. George Barker (Fairfax)
Sen. Chuck Colgan (Prince William)
Sen. Adam Ebbin (Alexandria)
Sen. John Edwards (Roanoke)
Sen. Barbara Favola (Arlington)
Fmr. Sen. Edd Houck (Spotsylvania)
Sen. Janet Howell (Fairfax)
Sen. Mamie Locke (Hampton)
Sen. Louise Lucas (Portsmouth)
Sen. Dave Marsden (Fairfax)
Sen. Henry Marsh (Richmond)
Sen. Donald McEachin (Henrico)
Sen. John Miller (Newport News)
Sen. Phil Puckett (Russell)
Fmr. Sen. Patsy Ticer (Alexandria)
Fmr. Sen. Mary Margaret Whipple (Arlington)

  • Members of the House of Delegates:

Fmr. Del. Ward Armstrong (Henry)
Del. Mayme BaCote (Newport News)
Del. Bob Brink (Arlington)
Del. David Bulova (Fairfax)
Del. Eileen Filler-Corn (Fairfax)
Del. Charniele Herring (Alexandria)
Del. Patrick Hope (Arlington)
Del. Algie Howell (Norfolk)
Del. Matthew James (Portsmouth)
Del. Joe Johnson (Abingdon)
Del. Rob Krupicka (Alexandria)
Del. Alfonso Lopez (Alexandria)
Del. Delores McQuinn (Richmond)
Del. Joe Morrissey (Henrico)
Del. Ken Plum (Fairfax)
Del. Mark Sickles (Fairfax)
Del. Lionell Spruill (Chesapeake)
Del. David Toscano (Charlottesville)
Del. Luke Torian (Prince William)
Fmr. Del. Katherine Waddell (Richmond)
Del. Vivian Watts (Fairfax)

  • Mayors:

Hon. David Bowers (Roanoke)
Hon. Trent Crewe (Wytheville)
Hon. Paul Fraim (Norfolk)
Hon. Michael Gillette (Lynchburg)
Hon. Earnie Porta (Occoquan)
Hon. Kristen Umstattd (Leesburg)
Hon. Molly Ward (Hampton)

  • County Supervisors:

Fmr. Sup. Hon. Susan Buckley (Loudoun)
Hon. John Foust (Fairfax)
Hon. Penelope Gross (Fairfax)
Hon. Gerald Hyland (Fairfax)
Hon. John Jenkins (Prince William)
Hon. Fred Luntsford (Wise)
Hon. Jeff McKay (Fairfax)
Hon. Tyrone Nelson (Henrico)
Fmr. Sup. Hon. John Peace (Wise)
Hon. Frank Principi (Prince William)
Hon. Ronnie Short (Wise)
Hon. Frank Thornton (Henrico)

For a complete list of Herring's endorsements, visit his official campaign website.

Campaign Ads


"Family" discusses state Sen. Herring's prior support for transportation-funding bill in order to "to get folks out of their cars and home to their families." - released September 27, 2013

Campaign finance

Mark Herring[50] Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
Post-Primary ReportJuly 15, 2013$229,180.18$206,361.40$(666,172.95)$127,680.99
8 Day Pre-General ReportOctober 28, 2013$1,398,910.90$664,243.82$(1,591,252.96)$471,901.76
Running totals
$870,605.22$(2,257,425.91)

2011

See also: Virginia State Senate elections, 2011

On November 8, 2011, Herring won re-election to District 33 of the Virginia State Senate. He was unchallenged in the August 23 primary and defeated Patricia Phillips in the November 8 general election.[51]

Virginia State Senate, District 33 General Election, 2011
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngMark Herring Incumbent 54.1% 14,061
     Republican Patricia Phillips 45.9% 11,915
Total Votes 25,976

Campaign themes

2011

Herring's website highlighted the following campaign themes:

  • Economic Development & Job Creation
Excerpt: "Innovation is a huge driver of economic growth. Science and technology industry jobs pay high wages and have high growth potential. Senator Herring believes we must take every action possible to make sure that those jobs are created in Virginia."
  • Transportation
Excerpt: "As our State Senator, Mark Herring has secured needed state transportation funding for infrastructure projects that have helped to alleviate congestion on some of our area's major roadways."
  • Education
Excerpt: "Senator Herring knows that education is the key to helping children achieve their full potential, ensure that our economy remains strong, and helps to build a workforce that is prepared to compete successfully in a global economy."
  • Open Government
Excerpt: "Senator Herring has been a strong proponent of common sense measures that promote transparency and accountability in government."
  • Military/Veterans Affairs
Excerpt: "Senator Herring strongly believes it is important to honor their service by ensuring that they have the full support of the state and communities throughout our Commonwealth."
  • Energy and Conservation
Excerpt: "Senator Herring believes that Virginia should be a national leader in the production and use of renewable energy."

2007

See also: Virginia State Senate elections, 2007

On Nov. 6, 2007, Herring won re-election to the 33rd District Seat in the Virginia State Senate, defeating opponent Patricia Phillips (R).[52]

Herring raised $1,059,654 for his campaign while Phillips raised $194,645.[53]

Virginia State Senate, District 33 (2007)
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Mark Herring (D) 27,784 56.89%
Patricia Phillips (R) 20,994 42.99%

Campaign donors

2011

In 2011, Herring received $723,937 in campaign donations. The top contributors are listed below.[54]

Virginia State Senate 2011 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Mark Herring's campaign in 2011
Virginia Democratic Party$210,637
Bloomberg, Michael R$25,000
Health Diagnostic Laboratory Inc$20,000
America Online$17,500
Clarke-Hook Real Estate$12,907
Total Raised in 2011 $723,937
Total Votes received in 2011 14,061
Cost of each vote received $51.49

2007

Below are Herring's top five campaign contributors in the 2007 election:

Contributor 2007 total
Democratic Party of Virginia $233,805
One Virginia $45,000
Virginia Senate Democratic Caucus $35,374
Leadership for Virginia $35,000
Moving Virginia Forward $22,671

Endorsements

2013

Herring's 2013 attorney general campaign was endorsed by former Virginia House Minority Leader Ward Armstrong, former Virginia Democratic Party Chairman Brian Moran, and the following public officials:[55][56]

  • Members of the State Senate:

Sen. George Barker (Fairfax)
Sen. Chuck Colgan (Prince William)
Sen. Adam Ebbin (Alexandria)
Sen. John Edwards (Roanoke)
Sen. Barbara Favola (Arlington)
Fmr. Sen. Edd Houck (Spotsylvania)
Sen. Janet Howell (Fairfax)
Sen. Mamie Locke (Hampton)
Sen. Louise Lucas (Portsmouth)
Sen. Dave Marsden (Fairfax)
Sen. Henry Marsh (Richmond)
Sen. Donald McEachin (Henrico)
Sen. John Miller (Newport News)
Sen. Phil Puckett (Russell)
Fmr. Sen. Patsy Ticer (Alexandria)
Fmr. Sen. Mary Margaret Whipple (Arlington)

  • Members of the House of Delegates:

Fmr. Del. Ward Armstrong (Henry)
Del. Mayme BaCote (Newport News)
Del. Bob Brink (Arlington)
Del. David Bulova (Fairfax)
Del. Eileen Filler-Corn (Fairfax)
Del. Charniele Herring (Alexandria)
Del. Patrick Hope (Arlington)
Del. Algie Howell (Norfolk)
Del. Matthew James (Portsmouth)
Del. Joe Johnson (Abingdon)
Del. Rob Krupicka (Alexandria)
Del. Alfonso Lopez (Alexandria)
Del. Delores McQuinn (Richmond)
Del. Joe Morrissey (Henrico)
Del. Ken Plum (Fairfax)
Del. Mark Sickles (Fairfax)
Del. Lionell Spruill (Chesapeake)
Del. David Toscano (Charlottesville)
Del. Luke Torian (Prince William)
Fmr. Del. Katherine Waddell (Richmond)
Del. Vivian Watts (Fairfax)

  • Mayors:

Hon. David Bowers (Roanoke)
Hon. Trent Crewe (Wytheville)
Hon. Paul Fraim (Norfolk)
Hon. Michael Gillette (Lynchburg)
Hon. Earnie Porta (Occoquan)
Hon. Kristen Umstattd (Leesburg)
Hon. Molly Ward (Hampton)

  • County Supervisors:

Fmr. Sup. Hon. Susan Buckley (Loudoun)
Hon. John Foust (Fairfax)
Hon. Penelope Gross (Fairfax)
Hon. Gerald Hyland (Fairfax)
Hon. John Jenkins (Prince William)
Hon. Fred Luntsford (Wise)
Hon. Jeff McKay (Fairfax)
Hon. Tyrone Nelson (Henrico)
Fmr. Sup. Hon. John Peace (Wise)
Hon. Frank Principi (Prince William)
Hon. Ronnie Short (Wise)
Hon. Frank Thornton (Henrico)

For a complete list of Herring's endorsements, visit his official campaign website.

Personal

Herring was born in Johnson City, Tennessee on September 25, 1961. Herring is married to Laura Herring. He is a member of the Leesburg Presbyterian Church.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Ken Cuccinelli (R)
Attorney General of Virginia
2014-present
Succeeded by
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Preceded by
W. Mims
Virginia Senate District 33
2006-2014
Succeeded by
Jennifer Wexton (D)