Government & Politics
5:28 pm
Wed December 18, 2013

Obenshain Conceeds in AG Race

It's over. Senator Mark Obenshain says that seeing the votes for his opponent Mark Herring WIDENING significantly in the statewide recount of the Attorney General's race, he has decided to congratulate Herring and concede.  

The election is the first sweep of statewide offices for Democrats since 1989.

 

Tommie McNeil reports from Richmond.

The re-tabulation of votes had widened Herring’s lead by more than 800 votes by the latest count.  Although there were challenged ballots that the three-judge panel in Richmond would decide, there were not enough to overcome the new margin.  At his news conference, Obenshain simply stood with his wife and daughter and discussed how grueling this process has been. He says although he lost, he will continue as a state senator, pressing the issues he believes need to be addressed.

Obenshain says he and Herring agree that addressing human trafficking should be a top priority, and he will assist the A-G elect to that end. Obenshain's attorney says the recount process will continue with the State Board of Elections so that Virginians will have an accurate and final tally.