The campaign manager for attorney general candidate Mark Herring says the Democrat will win the race.

Herring and Republican candidate Mark Obenshain are in a dead heat in the attorney general’s race.

Herring’s campaign manager Kevin O’Holleran claims that the canvass generally shifts toward Democrats after polls close.

O’Holleran released the following statement at 11:40 a.m. Wednesday:

Herring for Attorney General campaign manager Kevin O'Holleran released the following statement today:

"Since polls closed, we've seen several lead changes and based on our projections, we are going to win. When all of the votes cast are counted, including absentee votes and thousands of provisional ballots, we're confident Mark Herring will be the next Attorney General of Virginia. We have a responsibility to make sure that that every voter is protected and every vote counts," O'Holleran said.

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The Obenshain campaign has released a statement on the uncalled Attorney General's race.

Here is the statement, as of 10:20 a.m.:

Obenshain statement: "Two years ago, when I began traveling Virginia talking about my vision for this Commonwealth, and my plans to help keep our communities safe and our economy strong, this day seemed an eternity away. Right now, the race is extremely close, but I'm confident that that we will prevail. Elections like this are a reminder of the importance of participating in the Democratic process. We’re going to wait until the State Board of Elections finishes its tabulations, and make any further decisions at that time. But I do want to take this opportunity to thank those who have stood with us as we’ve campaigned across Virginia these past two years, and to thank all of you for your dedication and commitment. We ran a campaign based on a positive plan to solve problems in Virginia, and I’m proud of that.

In my ten years in the Senate, I have worked for lower taxes, safer communities and a more limited government. As your next Attorney General, I will continue to fight to make sure that Virginia is a beacon of freedom and opportunity. We have long hours ahead of us, but I shall always be immensely grateful for your support. You have all been absolutely incredible. Thank you, God bless you, and God bless our Commonwealth and our nation."

Herring releases statements on uncalled Attorney General's Race:

Updated statement at 3:30am:

Herring statement: “Election Day is over and I am honored to have a majority of Virginians cast their ballots for me for Attorney General. Just before 2 a.m., we took a several hundred vote lead to become the next Attorney General of the Commonwealth of Virginia.

"I am grateful to have earned the support of so many Virginans all across the Commonwealth and look forward to continuing to work on their behalf."


Original statement at 1:10am:

Herring statement: "The Attorney General's race is razor thin, too close to call. Since the polls closed we have continued to gain votes to the point where, according to counts, only a few votes separate myself and my opponent.

"We want to make sure all precincts are accounted for and results are accurate, all absentee ballots are counted and every Virginian who cast a provisional ballot has their voice heard."



RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Republican Mark Obenshain and Democrat Mark Herring were locked in a tight battle for attorney general of Virginia hours after the polls closed.

With almost all precincts reporting unofficial returns, the race between the two state senators was too close to call late Tuesday night. If the trailing candidate finishes within 1 percentage point, he will be allowed to seek a recount under state law.

Obenshain and Herring are seeking to succeed Republican Ken Cuccinelli, who chose to run for governor rather than seek re-election. Cuccinelli lost to Democrat Terry McAuliffe.

The attorney general is essentially the CEO of the state government law office, supervising more than 400 lawyers and support staff. The position also is historically a stepping stone to a run for governor.

Herring's campaign released the following statement early Wednesday morning:

"The Attorney General's race is razor thin, too close to call. Since the polls closed we have continued to gain votes to the point where, according to counts, only a few votes separate myself and my opponent.

"We want to make sure all precincts are accounted for and results are accurate, all absentee ballots are counted and every Virginian who cast a provisional ballot has their voice heard."

LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Democratic state Sen. Ralph Northam defeated Republican E.W. Jackson for Virginia's lieutenant governor, in a race sharply defined by social issues.

Northam easily beat Jackson on Tuesday following a campaign that centered on Northam's defense of abortion rights and Jackson's Christian-based anti-abortion platform. Jackson also opposes gay marriage, while Northam supports it.

The winner succeeds Republican Bill Bolling. A Democrat hasn't occupied the office since U.S. Sen. Tim Kaine was lieutenant governor in 2006.

The lieutenant governor presides over the state Senate and casts a ballot on tie votes.

Jackson sounded anything but a loser as he rallied a downcast crowd at GOP election headquarters after losing the race for Virginia's lieutenant governor.

Saying he was "unbroken, unbowed," the lawyer-turned-preached gave a stirring address Tuesday night in Richmond to supporters after his loss to Democrat Ralph Northam.

The 61-year-old political novice energized a crowd that was downcast by the defeat of its Republican nominee for governor, Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli.

Asked as he left the stage if this was a concession, Jackson said it was "motivational, inspirational" speech.

ROANOKE COUNTY BOARD OF SUPERVISORS

Voters in the Hollins District of Roanoke County have chosen Republican Al Bedrosian to represent them on the Board Of Supervisors.

The man who occupied that seat, Republican Richard Flora, announced he's stepping down from the Board.

Even folks at Republican headquarters were surprised that Bedrosian won by the margin that he did.

Bedrosian had 47 percent of the vote while Democrat Brian Lang and Independent Gary Jerrell split the other half.

6TH DISTRICT HOUSE OF DELEGATES