Virginia Attorney General:
Note: Recount currently underway
|Virginia Attorney General General Election, 2013 |
|Party ||Candidate ||Vote % ||Votes |
| ||Democratic ||Mark Herring ||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. |
By The State Executive Official Team
RICHMOND, Virginia: On November 25, 2013, the Virginia State Board of Elections certified the final results of the hotly contested attorney general race, declaring Democratic state Sen. Mark Herring the winner by a margin of 165 votes out of 2.2 million cast. This fell within the margin required by state election law for executing a publicly-financed recount, if requested by the loser: In this case, Republican state Sen. Mark Obenshain, who indeed called for a recount at a press conference on November 27. The chief judge of the Richmond Circuit Court will oversee the recount court as it examines the new vote totals submitted by localities. The three-member panel is expected to announce the final winner in mid-December.
After the board certified his win on November 25, 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," he stated, heralding the end of the reign of conservative officeholder Ken Cuccinelli (R), whom Herring is set to formally succeed in January 2014, barring a change in the outcome of the race.
If Herring survives the recount, he will be the first Democrat to control the office in almost two decades. If the outcome changes, however, and Obenshain is determined to be the rightful successor to Cuccinelli, the recount will have succeeded in preventing a complete partisan overhaul of Virginia's top-tier executive branch in favor of the Democratic Party.
- ↑ Politico, "Mark Obenshain weighs recount in Virginia attorney general race," November 25, 2013
- ↑ Politico, "Virginia attorney general: 'Anyone's race'," November 8, 2013
- ↑ Watchdog Virginia, "Undervotes loom large in AG recount bid," November 27, 2013
- ↑ Blue Virginia, "Virginia Primary Election Results Live Blog," June 11, 2013
- ↑ Politico, "Mark Obenshain to request recount in Virginia attorney general race," November 26, 2013