The election and recount behind him, Attorney General-elect Mark Herring is for the first time officially able to set the stage for how he will run that office. During a media briefing late Wednesday, Herring thanked Senator Mark Obenshain for his gracious concession, discussed how he plans to work with Obenshain and other lawmakers, and gave reassurances that he will keep his campaign promises.
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.
A three-judge panel has set the rules for next week’s statewide recount of the Attorney General’s election between Democrat Mark Herring and Republican Mark Obenshain. With a historically narrow 165-vote margin separating the two men, the details were strategically important to the candidates’ lawyers-who spent hours on Monday arguing their positions at a Richmond hearing. The recount will include examination of thousands of undervoted ballots-to determine if no votes were cast for that office or if the machines did not read them the first time.
Some members of the State Board of Elections have again raised the issue of potential vote-counting irregularities in Fairfax County, but this time a major focus was on which provisional ballots should have been counted.
While the entire Fairfax Electoral Board was unable to attend today’s state meeting to explain, one member traveled to Richmond to begin a discussion about what happened.
The Supreme Court is now weighing a case that could put an end to limits on individual campaign contributions.
Backers of the idea argue that as long as the donation is disclosed, the risk of corruption is minimal, but another view has emerged from the University of Virginia Law School.
By law, individuals can give no more than $48,600 per election cycle to federal candidates, but businessman Shawn McKutcheon objects. He says it’s his First Amendment right to give as much as he wants to as many candidates as he likes.