Obenshain concedes to Herrin in AG race

State Sen. Mark Obenshain (AP)
State Sen. Mark Obenshain (AP)
State Sen. Mark Obenshain (AP)

State Sen. Mark Obenshain, the Republican candidate for Attorney General, gave up on his effort to reverse his loss through a recount and conceded defeat to Democrat Mark Herring Wednesday afternoon.

“It is apparent that our campaign is going to come up a few votes short,” Obenshain said to reporters in a late afternoon press conference in Richmond.  “Our vigorous and hard-fought fight is over.”

Obenshain sought the recount after the official election results declared him the winner by just 165 votes in November.  But his hopes to a turnaround disappeared quickly as the margin between he and Herring widened to more than 800 votes with three-quarters of the ballots counted.

“It’s over,” a dispirited Obenshain aide admitted to Blue Ridge Muse Wednesday afternoon.  “We lost.”

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