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{{tnr}}'''Mark D. Obenshain''' (b. June 11, 1962) is a [[Republican Party|Republican]] member of the [[Virginia State Senate]], representing District 26. He was first elected to the chamber in 2003. Obenshain ran for the office of [[Attorney General of Virginia]] in [[Virginia attorney general election, 2013|2013]]. He won the [[Republican]] nomination at the party's statewide primary convention on May 18, 2013 and faced [[Democratic|Democrat]] [[Mark Herring]] in the general election November 5, 2013.<ref name=ag2013>[http://www.markobenshain.com/ ''Mark Obenshain for Attorney General,'' "Official Campaign Website 2013," accessed December 10, 2012]</ref><ref>[http://www.washingtonpost.com/local/va-politics/va-republicans-set-to-nominate-statewide-ticket-for-2013/2013/05/18/a616f92a-bf67-11e2-9b09-1638acc3942e_story.html ''The Washington Post,'' "Va. GOP settles on Cuccinelli, Obenshain and Jackson for November ballot," May 19, 2013]</ref>
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{{tnr}}'''Mark D. Obenshain''' (b. June 11, 1962) is a [[Republican Party|Republican]] member of the [[Virginia State Senate]], representing District 26. He was first elected to the chamber in 2003. Obenshain ran for the office of [[Attorney General of Virginia]] in [[Virginia attorney general election, 2013|2013]]. He won the [[Republican]] nomination at the party's statewide primary convention on May 18, 2013 and faced [[Democratic|Democrat]] [[Mark Herring]] in the general election November 5, 2013.<ref name=ag2013>[http://www.markobenshain.com/ ''Mark Obenshain for Attorney General,'' "Official Campaign Website 2013," accessed December 10, 2012]</ref><ref>[http://www.washingtonpost.com/local/va-politics/va-republicans-set-to-nominate-statewide-ticket-for-2013/2013/05/18/a616f92a-bf67-11e2-9b09-1638acc3942e_story.html ''The Washington Post'', "Va. GOP settles on Cuccinelli, Obenshain and Jackson for November ballot," May 19, 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 165 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><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> Since the margin was equal to or less than 0.5 percent of the total vote, Obenshain was entitled to request a public-financed recount.<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><ref>[http://www.politico.com/story/2013/11/virginia-attorney-general-race-mark-herring-mark-obenshain-100337.html ''Politico,'' "Mark Obenshain weighs recount in Virginia attorney general race," November 25, 2013]</ref><ref>[http://watchdog.org/118291/virginia-election-results-3/ ''Watchdog Virginia,'' "Undervotes loom large in AG recount bid," November 27,  2013]</ref><ref>[http://www.timesdispatch.com/news/obenshain-lawyer-raises-possible-contest-in-general-assembly/article_a9df09d8-6126-11e3-b4af-001a4bcf6878.html ''The Richmond Times-Dispatch,'' "Obenshain lawyer raises possibility of contesting AG race," December 10, 2013]</ref>  Obenshain conceded the race to Herring on December 18, before the recount court, led by [[Judgepedia:Beverly W. Snukals|Beverly W. Snukals]], could announce the official results.<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>  
 
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://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/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> Since the margin was equal to or less than 0.5 percent of the total vote, Obenshain was entitled to request a public-financed recount.<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><ref>[http://www.politico.com/story/2013/11/virginia-attorney-general-race-mark-herring-mark-obenshain-100337.html ''Politico,'' "Mark Obenshain weighs recount in Virginia attorney general race," November 25, 2013]</ref><ref>[http://watchdog.org/118291/virginia-election-results-3/ ''Watchdog Virginia,'' "Undervotes loom large in AG recount bid," November 27,  2013]</ref><ref>[http://www.timesdispatch.com/news/obenshain-lawyer-raises-possible-contest-in-general-assembly/article_a9df09d8-6126-11e3-b4af-001a4bcf6878.html ''The Richmond Times-Dispatch,'' "Obenshain lawyer raises possibility of contesting AG race," December 10, 2013]</ref>  Obenshain conceded the race to Herring on December 18, before the recount court, led by [[Judgepedia:Beverly W. Snukals|Beverly W. Snukals]], could announce the official results.<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>  
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Obenshain's campaign platform for the 2013 attorney general election focused on opposing "federal overreach", including, but not limited to, the implementation of the Affordable Care Act<ref>[http://www.washingtonpost.com/local/va-politics/virginia-gop-picks-staunch-conservatives-as-statewide-candidates/2013/05/18/138040b4-bef7-11e2-89c9-3be8095fe767_story_1.html ''The Washington Post,'' "Virginia GOP picks staunch conservatives as statewide candidates," May 18, 2013]</ref>, and coordinating with the state legislature on stricter statewide law enforcement policies targeting drug and sex-related crimes.<ref>[http://www.markobenshain.com/on-the-issues/ ''Mark Obenshain for Attorney General,'' "Mark's Priorities," accessed May 20, 2013]</ref>
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Obenshain's campaign platform for the 2013 attorney general election focused on opposing "federal overreach", including, but not limited to, the implementation of the Affordable Care Act<ref>[http://www.washingtonpost.com/local/va-politics/virginia-gop-picks-staunch-conservatives-as-statewide-candidates/2013/05/18/138040b4-bef7-11e2-89c9-3be8095fe767_story_1.html ''The Washington Post'', "Virginia GOP picks staunch conservatives as statewide candidates," May 18, 2013]</ref>, and coordinating with the state legislature on stricter statewide law enforcement policies targeting drug and sex-related crimes.<ref>[http://www.markobenshain.com/on-the-issues/ ''Mark Obenshain for Attorney General,'' "Mark's Priorities," accessed May 20, 2013]</ref>
  
 
===Endorsements===
 
===Endorsements===

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Mark Obenshain
Mark Obenshain.jpg
Virginia Senate District 26
Incumbent
In office
2004 - Present
Term ends
January 11, 2016
Years in position 10
PartyRepublican
Compensation
Base salary$18,000/year
Per diem$178/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 8, 2011
First elected2003
Next generalNovember 3, 2015
Term limitsN/A
Personal
Birthday06/11/1962
Place of birthRichmond, VA
ProfessionAttorney
ReligionPresbyterian
Websites
Office website
Campaign website
CandidateVerification
Mark D. Obenshain (b. June 11, 1962) is a Republican member of the Virginia State Senate, representing District 26. He was first elected to the chamber in 2003. Obenshain ran for the office of Attorney General of Virginia in 2013. He won the Republican nomination at the party's statewide primary convention on May 18, 2013 and faced Democrat Mark Herring in the general election November 5, 2013.[1][2]

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.[3][4] Since the margin was equal to or less than 0.5 percent of the total vote, Obenshain was entitled to request a public-financed recount.[5][6][7][8][9] Obenshain conceded the race to Herring on December 18, before the recount court, led by Beverly W. Snukals, could announce the official results.[10]

Biography

Obenshain received a B.A. at Virginia Tech in 1984 and a J.D. at Lee University School of Law in 1987. Obenshain is an attorney.

Committee assignments

2012-2013

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

2010-2011

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

Elections

2013

See also: Virginia attorney general election, 2013

Obenshain won the Republican nomination for Attorney General of Virginia in 2013.[1] The Republican Party of Virginia held a statewide primary convention to select its candidates for governor, lieutenant governor and attorney general on May 17-18. He then faced Democrat Mark Herring in the general election on November 5, 2013. The State Board of Elections certified Herring as the winner on November 25 and Obenshain subsequently requested a recount.[11][12][13][14] Obenshain conceded December 18, 2013 in a news conference in Richmond. “It’s apparent that our campaign is going to come up a few votes short,” Obenshain told reporters.[15][16]

  • 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.[17][18][19] 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.[20][21][22]

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.[23] 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.[24]

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.[23]

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.[25] 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.[26]

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.[27] 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.[28] 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.[29]

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.[30] 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.[31] 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.[32] Both campaigns urged voters to certify their ballots to ensure their vote was counted.[33] Taking into account a rule change, the Fairfax County Electoral Board certified its results around midnight of November 12.[34] In the end, the board upheld 271 of the freshly scrutinized provisional ballots: 160 went to Herring and 103 to Obenshain.[35], boosting Herring to declare himself the race's victor, despite Obenshain's refusal to concede "the closest statewide election in Virginia history."[36][37]

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.[38][39] 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.[40] “It’s apparent that our campaign is going to come up a few votes short,” Obenshain told reporters.[41] His loss gave Democrats control of the office for the first time in nearly two decades.[42]


Campaign themes

2013

Obenshain's campaign platform for the 2013 attorney general election focused on opposing "federal overreach", including, but not limited to, the implementation of the Affordable Care Act[43], and coordinating with the state legislature on stricter statewide law enforcement policies targeting drug and sex-related crimes.[44]

Endorsements

  • The Richmond Times-Dispatch[45]
  • The Republican State Leadership Committee[46]
  • Vietnam veteran Hispanic activists Luis R. Quinonez and Daniel P. Cortez[47]
  • Sheriff Octavia Johnson (R-Roanoke City)[48]
  • Sheriff Jack Stutts (D-City of Franklin and Southampton County)[48]
  • Hampton Roads Business Leaders: Mayor Will Sessoms, Bruce Thompson, Suzzy Kelly, Tom Frantz, and John O. 'Dubby' Wynne[49]

Campaign ads


"Mark and Tucker" features Obenshain's daughter touting his record advocating for "mandatory life sentences for child predators and protecting families from abusive spouses." Released September 24, 2013

"Trust" recaps message from the previous ad, further highlighting Obenshain's toughness on handling domestic violence and sex crimes. Released October 1, 2013

In "Truth," supporters praise Obenshain as a prosecutor and protector of woman and families, disputes related attacks from opponent Mark Herring's campaign. Released October 16, 2013
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.


Campaign finance

Mark Obenshain[50] Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
Post-Primary ReportJuly 15, 2013$68,132.75$479,915.89$(745,285.67)$487,044.36
8 Day Pre-General ReportOctober 28, 2013$320,221.30$2,547,469.22$(2,616,065.77)$251,624.75
Running totals
$3,027,385.11$(3,361,351.44)

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.[51]

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"[51] -- 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.[52] 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.[53][51]

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.[54][55] 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.[56]


2011

On November 8, 2011, Obenshain won re-election to District 26 of the Virginia State Senate. He was unchallenged in the August 23 primary election and ran unopposed in the November 8 general election.[57]

Issues

2011

Obenshain's campaign website listed the following issues:

  • Holding the Line on Taxes
Excerpt: "Our families already pay too much in taxes – on average, more than they spend on food, clothing, and shelter combined. In these economically trying times, higher taxes and fees would be particularly devastating."
  • Better Schools for Virginia’s Children
Excerpt: "Education is one of the most basic responsibilities of government, and I will continue to make it one of my top priorities. I recognize that state government has an important role to play, but also know that the best decisions are made “on the ground” in our local school divisions and not by education bureaucrats in Richmond."
  • Improving Transportation
Excerpt: "I have been a leading proponent of reforming the Virginia Department of Transportation. I took the lead in calling for an external performance audit of the Department, and I championed the reopening of the rest stops with my colleagues from the Shenandoah Valley."
  • Government Reform
Excerpt: "Simply put, government needs to be run more like a business. Of course, there are distinctions, but , but the degree of inefficiency, duplication, and overhead would astound the most seasoned businessman, and many long-entrenched governmental functions would wither under public scrutiny."
  • Strengthening Public Safety
Excerpt: "As a member of the Senate of Virginia, I have worked hard to provide law enforcement and judges with the tools they need to put criminals behind bars and to enhance penalties for gangs and drug felons."
  • Protecting Private Property Rights
Excerpt: "As co-patron of successful legislation defending the property rights of all Virginians against the Kelo-era expansion of government’s eminent domain power to encompass such nebulous categories as economic development, I have been at the forefront of the property rights battle here in Virginia and will continue to work to enshrine eminent domain reform in the Constitution of Virginia."
  • Defending Second Amendment Rights
Excerpt: "I believe strongly in the preservation of our gun rights in Virginia and have worked alongside the NRA to uphold these rights."
  • Promoting Energy Independence
Excerpt: "I stand in strong support of Virginia’s efforts to tap the significant oil deposits along Virginia’s outer continental shelf in an environmentally sensitive manner, and I will work to ensure that Virginia continues to welcome these many and varied approaches to energy independence.
  • Protecting Valley Values of Faith and Family
Excerpt: "I believe in the sanctity of innocent human life and will stand strong to protect the rights of Virginians from those who would drive all references to God and faith from the public square."

2007

On Nov. 6, 2007, Obenshain won re-election to the 26th District Seat in the Virginia State Senate, defeating opponent Maxine Roles (D).[58]

Obenshain raised $234,105 for his campaign while Roles raised $13,989.[59]

Virginia State Senate, District 26 (2007)
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Mark Obenshain (R) 25,955 70.40%
Maxine Roles (D) 10,862 29.46%

Campaign donors

2011

In 2011, Obenshain received $296,741 in campaign donations. The top contributors are listed below.[60]

Virginia State Senate 2011 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Mark Obenshain's campaign in 2011
Virginia Trial Lawyers Association$13,000
Allen Allen Allen & Allen$12,000
Virginia Senate Republican Caucus$6,689
Massie For Delegate$5,000
Silver Honaker Equity LLC$5,000
Total Raised in 2011 $296,741

2007

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

Contributor 2007 total
David K. Rensin $25,000
Virginia Trial Lawyers Association $8,000
Allen, Allen, Allen & Allen (Lawyers) $5,000
2007 Conservative Victory Committee $5,000
Virginia Association of Realtors $4,964

Personal

Obenshain was born in Richmond, Virginia on June 11, 1962. He is married to Suzanne Speas Obenshain. He is a member of the First Presbyterian Church.

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  1. 1.0 1.1 Mark Obenshain for Attorney General, "Official Campaign Website 2013," accessed December 10, 2012
  2. The Washington Post, "Va. GOP settles on Cuccinelli, Obenshain and Jackson for November ballot," May 19, 2013
  3. Virginia State Board of Elections, " Election Results – General Election – November 5, 2013," accessed November 13, 2013 at 7:40 a.m. CT
  4. Washington Post, "Obenshain, Herring virtually tied in Virginia attorney general’s race; recount expected," November 6, 2013
  5. USA Today, "Virginia attorney general race heads to recount," November 27, 2013
  6. Politico, "Mark Obenshain to request recount in Virginia attorney general race," November 26, 2013
  7. Politico, "Mark Obenshain weighs recount in Virginia attorney general race," November 25, 2013
  8. Watchdog Virginia, "Undervotes loom large in AG recount bid," November 27, 2013
  9. The Richmond Times-Dispatch, "Obenshain lawyer raises possibility of contesting AG race," December 10, 2013
  10. Washington Post, Obenshain concedes Virginia attorney general’s race to Herring, December 18, 2013
  11. The Charlotte Observer, "Democrat Herring widens lead in Va.'s AG race," November 12, 2013
  12. Virginia State Board of Elections, " Election Results – General Election – November 5, 2013," accessed November 13, 2013 at 7:40 a.m. CT
  13. Washington Post, "Herring wins Virginia attorney general race, elections board announces," November 25, 2013
  14. The Charlotte Observer, "Democrat Herring widens lead in Va.'s AG race," November 12, 2013
  15. Washington Post, Obenshain concedes Virginia attorney general’s race to Herring, December 18, 2013
  16. Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; no text was provided for refs named recountdate
  17. Virginia State Board of Elections, " Election Results – General Election – November 5, 2013," accessed November 25, 2013
  18. Washington Post, "Herring wins Virginia attorney general race, elections board announces," November 25, 2013
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Virginia Senate District 26
2004-present
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