Washington, DC, United States (4E) – Republican Mark D. Obenshain has conceded the Virginia attorney general’s race to Democrat Mark R. Herring as a vote recount gave the latter a wide lead.
Obenshain told reporters in Richmond Wednesday the preliminary results of the recount showed that his campaign is a few votes short to win the AG post.
Nearly a quarter of votes were recounted Tuesday with Herring picking up 1,133 votes while Obenshain had 432, giving the former an overall lead of 866.
Obenshain congratulated Herring, whose win capped a Democratic sweep of the top three statewide elected offices in the November election for the first time since 1989. Democrats Terry McAuliffe and Ralph S. Northam also won the governor and deputy governor posts in the election.
In late November, Obenshain called for a statewide recount as the initial vote count separated him from Herring with only 165 votes. Under the state’s election rules, the slim margin of less than 1 percent of the total 2.2 million votes cast on Election Day justifies a recount.
Obenshain thanked all his supporters, friends, Republican party leaders and family for helping his campaign. Herring, in a separate press conference Wednesday, repeated his campaign promise to fight for justice, equality and opportunity for all Virginians.