Herring, Miyares gear up for Attorney General’s race

Updated: Jun. 10, 2021 at 7:34 PM EDT
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ROANOKE, Va. (WDBJ) - After a bruising fight with Del. Jay Jones for the Democratic nomination, Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring is gearing up for the next challenge, from Republican Delegate Jason Miyares, to keep his seat.

Virginia Tech Professor and WDBJ7 Political Analyst Bob Denton says it’s a matchup between two compelling candidates.

“Certainly one that is established, has name recognition, has a record,” Denton said. “The other candidate has an incredible story.”

“My mother fled Cuba literally with the clothes on her back,” Miyares told WDBJ7 this week.

The Virginia Beach Delegate said he has the chance to be the first Attorney General in 225 years who is the child of an immigrant.

And he argued Virginians are ready for a change of leadership in Richmond.

“You’re running to be Virginia’s top cop. That’s your role. That’s your job,” Miyares said. “And we’ve seen a far-left liberal agenda in Richmond that’s been opposed, that’s been a criminal-first victim-last mindset. Ultimately, it’s made Virginians less safe.”

But Herring told WDBJ7 he has a record he can run on, and stark differences he will highlight during the campaign ahead.

“We’re going to be facing a Trumpian nominee who wants to reverse a lot of the progress we’ve made,” Herring said after Tuesday’s primary, “whether it’s health care, reproductive rights, worker protections, immigrant protections, so many things that Virginians overwhelmingly agree with and want to continue.”

Traditionally, Denton says the margin in the Governor’s race can play a major role in the results for Lieutenant Governor and Attorney General.

But he says to expect some major clashes in both of the down-ballot races as well.

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