Virginia Attorney General election, 2013

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Virginia Attorney General election, 2013
Virginia
2009 ←
November 5, 2013 (2013-11-05)
→ 2017

 Mark Herring at McAuliffe rally.jpg
NomineeMark HerringMark Obenshain
PartyDemocraticRepublican
Popular vote1,105,0451,104,138
Percentage49.91%49.87%

Attorney General before election

Ken Cuccinelli
Republican

Elected Attorney General

Mark Herring
Democratic

 
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Virginia Attorney General election, 2013
Virginia
2009 ←
November 5, 2013 (2013-11-05)
→ 2017

 Mark Herring at McAuliffe rally.jpg
NomineeMark HerringMark Obenshain
PartyDemocraticRepublican
Popular vote1,105,0451,104,138
Percentage49.91%49.87%

Attorney General before election

Ken Cuccinelli
Republican

Elected Attorney General

Mark Herring
Democratic

The Virginia Attorney General election of 2013 took place on November 5, 2013, to elect the Attorney General of Virginia. The incumbent Attorney General, Republican Ken Cuccinelli, did not run for re-election. He was instead his party's nominee in the 2013 gubernatorial election.

On May 18, 2013, a Republican state convention in Richmond nominated State Senator Mark Obenshain over State Delegate Rob Bell.[1] The Democratic primary on June 11, 2013 was won by State Senator Mark Herring, who defeated former Assistant United States Attorney Justin Fairfax.[2]

While the statewide elections for governor and lieutenant governor garnered more national attention, the race for attorney general was the most competitive.[3] Obenshain had an election night lead of 1,200 votes. In the following days, as provisional ballots were counted, Herring narrowed the lead and ultimately overtook him.[4] On November 25, the Virginia State Board of Elections certified the results and Herring was declared the winner by 1,103,777 votes to 1,103,612 - a difference of 165 votes out of more than 2.2 million cast, or 0.007%.[5][6][7]

After the certification, Obenshain requested a recount,[8] which began on December 16.[9] Obenshain conceded the election on December 18, and later that day, the recount ended with Herring winning by 907 votes, or 0.04%.[10] With Herring’s victory, Democrats held all five statewide offices — including both U.S. Senate seats — for the first time since 1970.

Republican nomination[edit]

Candidates[edit]

Nominated at convention[edit]

Defeated at convention[edit]

Withdrew[edit]

Democratic primary[edit]

Candidates[edit]

Declared[edit]

Withdrew[edit]

Declined[edit]

Polling[edit]

Poll sourceDate(s)
administered
Sample
size
Margin of
error
Justin
Fairfax
Mark
Herring
OtherUndecided
Public Policy PollingMay 24–26, 2013322± 5.5%19%22%59%

Results[edit]

Virginia Attorney General Democratic primary, 2013[17]
PartyCandidateVotes%±%
DemocraticMark Herring72,86151.66%
DemocraticJustin Fairfax68,17748.34%
Majority4,6843.32%
Turnout141,038

General election[edit]

Endorsements[edit]

Polling[edit]

Poll sourceDate(s)
administered
Sample
size
Margin of
error
Mark
Obenshain (R)
Mark
Herring (D)
OtherUndecided
Public Policy PollingNovember 2–3, 2013870± 3.3%45%47%8%
Christopher Newport UniversityOctober 25–30, 20131,038± 3%45%43%12%
Public Policy PollingOctober 26–27, 2013709 EV± 3.6%42%54%3%
Hampton UniversityOctober 24, 26–27, 2013800± 2.9%45%39%16%
Washington Post/Abt SRBIOctober 24–27, 2013762± 4.5%46%49%4%
Roanoke CollegeOctober 21–27, 2013838± 3.4%35%46%20%
Christopher Newport UniversityOctober 8–13, 2013753± 3.6%46%45%9%
Watson CenterOctober 1–6, 2013886± 3.1%42%45%14%
Roanoke CollegeSeptember 30–October 5, 20131,046± 3%38%35%26%
Hampton UniversitySeptember 25–29, 2013800± 2.9%41%37%23%
University of Mary WashingtonSeptember 25–29, 2013559± 4.7%42%36%6%16%
Washington Post/Abt SRBISeptember 19–22, 2013562± 5%42%45%14%
Conquest CommunicationsSeptember 19, 2013400±5%35.8%24.5%39.8%
NBC/MaristSeptember 17–19, 2013546± 3%34%39%26%
Roanoke CollegeSeptember 9–15, 2013874± 3.3%31%33%34%
Public Policy PollingJuly 11–14, 2013601± 4%36%38%25%
Roanoke CollegeJuly 8–14, 2013525± 4.3%33%29%38%
Public Policy PollingMay 24–26, 2013672± 3.8%32%33%34%

Initial results[edit]

Virginia Attorney General election, 2013[5]
PartyCandidateVotes%±%
DemocraticMark Herring1,103,77749.89%+7.60%
RepublicanMark Obenshain1,103,61249.88%-7.63%
Write-ins4,8920.22%+0.13%
Majority1650.01%
Turnout2,212,281
Democratic gain from RepublicanSwing

Recount[edit]

It was widely reported that a recount was expected after the results were certified on November 25, 2013. According to the Virginia Board of Elections rules, as updated for the November 2013 election: "there are no automatic recounts. Only an apparent losing candidate can ask for a recount, and only if the difference between the apparent winning candidate and that apparent losing candidates is not more than one percent (1%) of the total votes cast for those two candidates."[27] This race is the second of the past three Virginia attorney general elections to go to a recount. In the 2005 race, Bob McDonnell won by 360 votes, with the result certified in December.[28]

Results[edit]

Virginia Attorney General election, 2013[5][10]
PartyCandidateVotes%±%
DemocraticMark Herring1,105,04549.91%+7.62%
RepublicanMark Obenshain1,104,13849.87%-7.64%
Write-ins4,8920.22%+0.13%
Majority9070.04%
Turnout2,214,075
Democratic gain from RepublicanSwing

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Schmidt, Markus and Jim Nolan (May 18, 2013). "Virginia GOP convention: Obenshain nominee for AG". Richmond Times-Dispatch. Retrieved May 18, 2013. 
  2. ^ a b Schmidt, Markus (June 12, 2013). "Northam, Herring complete Democratic ticket". Richmond Times-Dispatch. Retrieved June 12, 2013. 
  3. ^ "Virginia Attorney General race: Candidates appoint transition teams in too close to call election". wjla.com. November 14, 2013. Retrieved November 14, 2013. 
  4. ^ Brett logiurato (November 13, 2013). "The Most Exciting Election In America Is Coming Down To The Wire". Business Insider. Retrieved November 13, 2013. 
  5. ^ a b c "Virginia Board of Elections - Election Night Results". November 7, 2013. Retrieved November 7, 2013. 
  6. ^ Vozzella, Laura (November 25, 2013). "Herring wins Virginia attorney general race, elections board announces". The Washington Post. Retrieved November 25, 2013. 
  7. ^ Rogers, Alex (November 13, 2013). "With 164 Vote Attorney General Victory, Virginia Democrats Sweep State". Time Magazine. Swampland. Retrieved November 12, 2013. 
  8. ^ "Obenshain to request recount in attorney general race". Richmond Times-Dispatch. November 26, 2013. Retrieved November 27, 2013. 
  9. ^ "Virginia AG race recount slated for week of Dec. 16 as campaigns spar in court over rules". The Washington Post. December 4, 2013. Retrieved December 5, 2013. 
  10. ^ a b Ress, Dave (December 19, 2013). "It's official: Recount results show 907 vote margin for Herring". Daily Press. Retrieved January 2, 2014. 
  11. ^ Nolan, Jim (December 3, 2011). "Obenshain announces interest in attorney general seat". Richmond Times-Dispatch. Retrieved October 21, 2012. 
  12. ^ a b Kumar, Anita (July 24, 2012). "Sen. Mark Herring to run for attorney general in 2013". The Washington Post. Retrieved July 24, 2012. 
  13. ^ "Republican John Frey withdrawing from Virginia’s attorney general race". The Washington Post. November 27, 2012. Retrieved November 28, 2012. [dead link]
  14. ^ Wilson, Todd Allen (September 14, 2012). "3rd Dem enters 2013 A.G. race". The Daily Press. Retrieved October 21, 2012. 
  15. ^ Walker, Julian (November 15, 2012). "Signer (D) declines AG bid, endorses Herring". The Virginian-Pilot. Retrieved November 28, 2012. 
  16. ^ Sluss, Michael (December 3, 2012). "Former Del. Ward Armstrong won't run statewide in 2013". The Roanoke Times. Retrieved December 23, 2012. 
  17. ^ "Race details at". Ourcampaigns.com. Retrieved 2013-11-16. 
  18. ^ Herring for attorney general The Virginian Pilot September 10, 2013
  19. ^ Virginia endorsements: Ralph Northam and Mark Herring The Washington Post October 15, 2013
  20. ^ "The Virginia Police Benevolent Association announces endorsement of Mark Herring for Attorney General". Sspba.org. 2013-08-30. Retrieved 2013-11-16. 
  21. ^ Chase endorses Obenshain Star-Exponent October 5, 2013
  22. ^ Mark Obenshain snags endorsement of former Newport News senator Marty Williams Daily Press September 10, 2013
  23. ^ Obenshain endorsed by former AG candidate PilotOnline.com February 15, 2013
  24. ^ Editorial: Obenshain for AG Richmond Times-Dispatch October 20, 2013
  25. ^ For attorney general: Obenshain The Richmond Times October 30, 2013
  26. ^ Obenshain: The experience to solve problems Richmond Times-Dispatch October 24, 2013
  27. ^ "Commonwealth of Virginia State Board of Elections. Virginia Election Recounts and Contests -- The Basics". November 7, 2013. Retrieved November 15, 2013. 
  28. ^ "Herring, Obenshain may face recount in Va. AG’s race; December outcome likely". The Washington Post. November 6, 2013. Retrieved November 8, 2013.