Leesburg’s own Sen. Mark Herring claimed victory Tuesday night in the tightly contested Attorney General race. After a week-log canvass, all local Boards of Election finalized their results, and Sen. Herring won the AG race by 163 votes out of more than 2.2 million cast. The state Board needs to certify the results by Nov. 25, at which point Republican Mark Obenshain will likely request a recount, a process that will drag well into December.
The Herring campaign issued the following statement Tuesday night:
Mark Herring has won the race for Virginia Attorney General. After a thorough and complete canvass, Herring defeated his opponent Senator Mark Obenshain.
“Voters in Virginia have spoken, their voices have been heard and I am honored to have won their votes and their trust to become Virginia’s next Attorney General,” Attorney General-elect Herring said. “Over the course of the past week, a thorough and extensive process has ensured that every vote has been tallied and accounted for. The margin was close, but it is clear that Virginians have chosen me to serve as the next Attorney General.
“Today we begin the process of governing. I look forward to working with Virginians from all regions and all background, Democrats, Independents and Republicans to move our Commonwealth forward,” Attorney General-elect Herring added.
Following the vote canvass – a process overseen by bipartisan Boards of Elections in every locality, as well as volunteers and official observers from both parties to audit the voting process and ensure votes are tabulated correctly – Herring came out ahead of Obenshain.