'It's Over,' Harrisonburg Senator Tells Press
Posted: December 18, 2013
HARRISONBURG — State Sen. Mark Obenshain, R-Harrisonburg, has ended his bid for attorney general, conceding the race to Democrat Mark Herring during a press conference in Richmond this afternoon.
“It was a vigorous and hard-fought campaign,” Obenshain said at the General Assembly Building, “but it’s over.”
After the Nov. 5 election, Herring, a Loudoun County state senator, held a 165-vote lead over Obenshain out of more than 2.2 million ballots cast. Obenshain then called for a recount, which was wrapping up in some localities Wednesday.
As results of the recount have been announced the past two days, Herring’s lead had grown to at least 800, the Democrat’s campaign said.
A three-judge panel was set to start meeting today to review challenged ballots and declare a winner by Friday. It still will meet to finish the process, but the outcome is already known.
“It’s become apparent our campaign is going to come up a few votes short,” Obenshain said.