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The Virginia attorney general election will be held on November 5, 2013 following a Democratic primary election on June 11, 2013 and a Republican statewide convention on May 17-18, 2013.

Incumbent Ken Cuccinelli (R) opted to run for governor rather than seek a second term as attorney general in 2013.

Democratic Party Mark Herring
Democratic Party Justin Fairfax
Republican Party Rob Bell
Republican Party Mark Obenshain

Herring - Official Campaign Website
Fairfax - Official Campaign Website
Bell - Official Campaign Website
Obenshain - Official Campaign Website

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.[1]

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"[1] -- 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.[2] 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.[3][1]

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.[4][5] The NRA's assistance paled in comparison, however, to the $2.6 million infusion from the Republican State Leadership Committee into 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.[6]




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Key dates

Deadline Event
March 28 Last day to file candidacy for primary election
May 17-18 Republican primary convention
May 20 Voter registration deadline for primary election
June 11 Primary election, last day for non-party candidates to file candidacy
June 17 Last day for Independent candidates to file for general election
Oct. 15 Voter registration deadline for general election
Nov. 5 General election

Primary candidates

General election

Note: Recount likely


Endorsements

Democrats

  • Mark Herring:

Herring's 2013 attorney general campaign has been endorsed by former Virginia House Minority Leader Ward Armstrong, former Virginia Democratic Party Chairman Brian Moran, and the following public officials:[9][10]

  • 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.

  • Justin Fairfax:

Fairfax has been endorsed by Sen. Tim Kaine’s 2012 U.S. Senate Campaign Treasurer and Virginia Businessman Warren Thompson.[11]

Republicans

  • Rob Bell:

Bell's campaign has been endorsed by the following individuals:

5th Congressional District

Congressman Robert Hurt


Albemarle County

Sheriff Chip Harding

Honorable Ken Boyd, County Supervisor

Honorable Rodney Thomas, County Supervisor


Amelia County

Honorable Jim Bennett, County Supervisor


Bland County

Honorable Nick Asbury, County Supervisor & Republican Committee Chair


Botetourt County

Delegate Christopher Head


Buchanan County

Honorable Roger Rife, Chairman of the Board of Supervisors


Campbell County

Delegate Matt Fariss


Caroline County

Delegate Robert Orrock

Jeff Sili, Republican Committee Chair


Chesapeake

Honorable Rick West, City Councilor

Honorable Nancy Parr, Commonwealth’s Attorney

Dr. John de Triquet, Vice Mayor

Honorable Christie New Craig, Vice Chairman, Chesapeake School Board


Chesterfield County

Delegate Roxann Robinson

Sheriff Dennis Proffitt


City of Hopewell

Sheriff Greg Anderson


Colonial Heights

Delegate Kirk Cox

Honorable C. Scott Davis, Mayor


Danville

Delegate Daniel Marshall III


Emporia

Carla Harris, Republican Committee Chair

Woody Harris, Emporia City Council


Fairfax

Delegate David Albo

Delegate Thomas Rust

Honorable John C. Cook, County Supervisor

Honorable John Peterson, Director NOVA SWCD


Fauquier County

Honorable Lee Sherbeyn, County Supervisor


Fluvanna County

Honorable Jeff Haislip, Commonwealth’s Attorney

Debbie Rittenhouse, Republican Committee Chair


Franklin County

Delegate Charles Poindexter


Giles County

Mae Midkiff, Republican Committee Chair


Grayson County

State Senator Bill Carrico


Greene County

Sheriff Steven Smith

Gary Lowe, Republican Committee Chair


Halifax County

Delegate James Edmunds


Hanover County

Delegate Christopher Peace

Honorable Trip Chalkley, Commonwealth’s Attorney

Sheriff Dave Hines

Honorable Wayne Hazzard, County Supervisor

Former Delegate Frank Hargrove

Honorable Sean Davis, County Supervisor


Henrico County

Delegate John O’Bannon

Former Delegate Bill Janis

Sheriff Mike Wade


Isle of Wight County

Delegate Rick Morris

Bill Coburn, Republican Committee Chair


Loudoun County

Delegate Tag Greason

Delegate Joe May

Delegate David Ramadan


Louisa County

State Senator Tom Garrett

Bob Arment, Republican Committee Chair


Lunenburg County

Delegate Thomas Wright Jr.

Mike Hankins, Republican Committee Chair


Madison County

Delegate Edward Scott

Honorable George Webb, Commonwealth’s Attorney

William Harvill, Republican Committee Chair


Manassas City

Steven Thomas, Republican Committee Chair


Newport News

Hazel Call, Hampton Roads Republican Women Chair


Norfolk

Joyce Mathews, Republican Committee Secretary

Nottoway County

Ronald L. Chipper, Republican Committee Chair


Orange County

Doug Rogers, Republican Committee Chair

Sheriff Mark Amos

Honorable Diana Wheeler, Commonwealth’s Attorney


Petersburg

Debra Mallory, 1st Vice Chair Tri-City Republican Women


Pittsylvania County

Delegate Donald Merricks

Chris Carter, Former Republican Committee Chair


Poquoson

Delegate Gordon Helsel, Jr.

Paul Keddell, Republican Committee Chair


Portsmouth

Honorable Ted Lamb, School Board


Powhatan County

Delegate Lee Ware Jr.


Prince George County

Barbara Tabb, Former Republican Committee Chair


Prince William County

Delegate Richard Anderson

Delegate Jackson Miller

Honorable Peter Candland, County Supervisor


Richmond

Jerilynn Grigsby, Tuckahoe Republican Women Chair


Roanoke County

Former Delegate William Fralin


Scott County

Delegate Terry Kilgore


Spotsylvania County

Delegate Mark Cole


Stafford County

Delegate Mark Dudenhefer

Delegate William Howell, Speaker, House of Delegates


Tazewell County

Delegate James W. Morefield


Virginia Beach

Delegate Salvatore Iaquinto

Delegate Barry Knight

Delegate Harry Purkey

Delegate Christopher Stolle

Delegate Ronald Villanueva

Honorable Patrick Salyer, School Board Member


Washington County

Delegate Israel O’Quinn


Westmoreland County

Delegate Margaret Ransone

For a complete list of Bell's supporters, visit his Official campaign website.


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