UPDATED: Republican candidate concedes Virginia Attorney General election

Mark Obenshain conceded the attorney general election Wednesday after the recount was expanding Herring's lead. Photo: Herring and Obenshain/ AP

UPDATED: The Republican candidate, Mark Obenshain has conceded the election on Wednesday, halfway through the recount process.

The concession came after it was reported that the Democrat, Mark Herring’s slim lead of 165 votes had widened to 810 votes.

With the office of attorney general going to the Democrat candidate, it completes a sweep of Virginia state offices for the Democrats this year. In November Terry McAuliffe and Ralph Northam won their respective elections for governor and lieutenant governor.


WASHINGTON, December 18, 2013 —Day two of the recount of Virginia’s attorney general has brought a widening lead for democrat Mark Herring over republican Mark Obenshain.

With 73 percent of the state having completed their recount, Mark Herring’s (D) slim lead has been widened from 165 votes to a 810 vote lead with fewer than 120 votes being contested.

Recount officials reported that as of Tuesday morning at 11 a.m., more than half of Fairfax County has been counted with Herring having gained an additional 391 votes and Obenshain 135 votes resulting in a net gain of 256 votes for the democrat.

Fairfax County is considered a critical voting region due to its large population. For the recount purposes, all of the votes in the county are being examined by hand.

The Virginia recount court will meet on Wednesday, Thursday and possibly Friday with the final results being announced on Friday.

After the final results are announced it does not mean that the matter will be settled. Additional challenges could still be made.

Republicans have already questioned the way some of the Fairfax County votes have been handled laying the foundation for an additional challenge.


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