Virginia has an Attorney General

After a long election season, Virginia finally has an Attorney General; At least, for now. Photo: Mark Herring and Mark Obenshain/ AP

RICHMOND, Va, November 26, 2013 — After a long election season, followed by a far longer than expected election process, Virginia finally has an Attorney General; At least, for now.

Yesterday, the State Board of Elections declared that Mark R. Herring (D) will be Virginia’s next Attorney General. Herring defeated Republican Mark D. Obenshain by 165 votes according to the final count from Richmond on Monday. According to this tally, it is the closest statewide vote in Virginia’s history.

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The final vote breakdown puts Herring ahead of Obenshain 1,103,777 – 1,103,612. The margin separating them is less than one one-hundredth of one percent: 0.01%. With numbers like this, Obenshain’s team is expected to call for a recount.

“Margins this small are why Virginia law provides a process for a recount,” said Chris Leavitt, Obenshain’s campaign manager. “However, a decision to request a recount, even in this historically close election, is not one to be made lightly.”

Perhaps the decision cannot be made lightly, but it must be made quickly. State law only allows 10 days for a candidate to request a recount. And with recent changes made to the recount process, a recount request would extend the election well into December.


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Ryley J. Trahan is a writer and physics teacher in Virginia. He is a graduate of the University of Mary Washington, in Fredericksburg Virginia, with undergraduate degrees in English and Physics. He loves comic books and super heroes. He also writes a blog about Physics in New Media.

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