It's only taken six weeks to figure out, but Virginia has a new Attorney General.
Republican Mark Obenshain has conceded the race for Virginia Attorney General to Democrat Mark Herring, who has built an insurmountable lead in a recount.
At day three into the statewide recount Wednesday afternoon, Obenshain decided to concede.
This is the nail biting race where on election night the two candidates only had a 165 vote difference.
But as of Wednesday, the lead had grown to 866 votes, tipping toward Herring.
Obenshain called Herring, we understand to congratulate him.
At a news conference in Richmond Wednesday afternoon he also thanked his campaign staff and Virignia's Republican Party for tirelessly working to try and pull off his victory.
At times he looked like he was fighting back tears, especially when talking about his daughter.
"Tucker drove for the better part of the last year and we flipped 100,000 miles to day coming to Richmond. I joked with people during this campaign saying that's a lot of father daughter time,” Obenshain said.
Obenshain, who is a state Senator says he will still fight for his mainstream and conservative principals and work with the incoming Democratic governor to find common ground.
Herring's win completes a Democratic sweep of the top of the statewide ballot.
Republican Mark Obenshain has conceded the race for Virginia attorney general to Democrat Mark Herring, who has built an insurmountable lead in a recount.
Obenshain acknowledged at a news conference Wednesday that Herring had widened his lead beyond the mathematical possibility of closing the gap or surpassing him. Herring's campaign claims an 866-vote lead.
Obenshain petitioned for a recount after he trailed Herring by 165 votes out of more than 2.2 million ballots cast on Nov. 5. At that point, it had been the closest statewide race in modern Virginia political history.
Herring's win completes a Democratic sweep of the top of the statewide ballot -- the first since 1989 when L. Douglas Wilder was elected governor. Democratic Gov.-elect Terry McAuliffe led the sweep this year.
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) -- With Democrat Mark Herring building a seemingly insurmountable lead in the recount for attorney general, Republican Mark Obenshain has scheduled a news conference.
The Obenshain campaign didn't state a reason for the Wednesday afternoon news conference. It wouldn't elaborate on a short advisory it sent to reporters.
The news conference comes amid a recount in what had been the closest race in modern Virginia political history. Herring topped Obenshain by 165 votes out of 2.2 million cast Nov. 5. Obenshain than petitioned for a recount.
Based on Herring's numbers, the Democratic state senator from Loudoun County had widened his lead to 866 votes over Obenshain in the recount.
A three-judge recount court is deciding challenged ballots in Richmond. But they are short of what Obenshain would need to overtake Herring.