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Attorney General-elect Mark Herring (D)
The Virginia State Board of Elections has certified Democrat Mark Herring as the winner in the state's ultra-tight contest for attorney general, giving him a 165-vote victory over Republican Mark Obenshain. That's just a one-vote change from two weeks ago, when local jurisdictions were required to report their results to the state board, which has to be painful for Obenshain. It's even more painful for Republicans in general, as Herring's win gives Democrats their first sweep of all five of Virginia's statewide offices since the late 1960s.

Because the margin is under half a percent, Obenshain can request a recount at state expense, though he didn't immediately do so. (The law allows him to wait 10 days.) In a similarly close race for AG in 2005 that had Democrats narrowly behind, a recount failed to change the outcome. Herring, meanwhile, once again declared victory. Assuming this contest turns out similarly to the one in 2005, he'll be the first Democrat to hold the Virginia attorney general's post in 20 years. Congratulations on a major success!

Originally posted to Daily Kos Elections on Mon Nov 25, 2013 at 08:44 AM PST.

Also republished by Virginia Kos and Daily Kos.

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