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Mark Obenshain statement on AG’s stance on marriage ban

State Sen. Mark Obenshain (R-Harrisonburg) issued a statement about Attorney General Mark Herring’s announcement that his office will not defend Virginia’s Marriage Amendment, and will be filing a brief asking the court to strike down a provision of the state constitution.


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Mark Obenshain: Inauguration reflections

Well, here we are. It is inauguration weekend in Richmond, and we are going to witness the swearing in of three Democrats—for Governor, Lieutenant Governor, and Attorney General.


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Update: Mark Obenshain concedes AG race

Republican Mark Obenshain has formally conceded the Virginia attorney-general race. “It’s apparent that our campaign is going to come up a few votes short,” Obenshain said at an afternoon news conference in Richmond after calling Democrat Mark Herring to concede and offer his support.


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Mark Herring lead widens in state AG race

What was a 165-vote lead in the state attorney general race for Democrat Mark Herring has now grown to 866 votes. Are we getting past the point where Republican Mark Obenshain can still be thinking about a contest of the 2013 election?


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Recount, day one: Mark Herring increases lead in AG race

Democrat Mark Herring gained 91 votes on his margin on day one of the statewide recount of ballots in the 2013 Attorney General race. Fairfax County was given a one-day head start on the rest of the state because of the volume of votes that it will need to process for the recount. With one-third of the county’s 240 precincts counted, Herring’s overall state lead had grown to 256 votes over Republican Mark Obenshain.


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Mark Obenshain: Republican Advance

The 30th annual Republican Advance was this weekend and I have to tell you: the future of the Republican Party in Virginia is bright. At the dinner last night, I shared, first and foremost, my gratitude for the many hundreds of dedicated Virginians who began doing the hard work of the canvass scarcely twelve hours after the polls closed on Election Night.


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Mark Herring announces Inaugural Committee co-chairs

Attorney General-elect Mark Herring is proceeding with his transition in the face of a recount request by Republican opponent Mark Obenshain, announcing this week that he has formed his inaugural committee and released the names of co-chairs for the committee.


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Mark Obenshain to ask for recount in attorney general race

Republican Mark Obenshain will formally request a recount of the state attorney general race that he lost to Democrat Mark Herring by a scant 165 votes of the more than 2.2 million votes cast in the Nov. 5 statewide election.


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State Board of Elections certifies Mark Herring winner in attorney general race

The State Board of Elections voted unanimously Monday to certify Democrat Mark Herring as the winner in the hotly-contested state attorney general race. Herring defeated Republican Mark Obenshain by 165 votes out of the more than 2.2 million votes cast in the Nov. 5 election, easily the closest margin percentage-wise in state political history.


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Chris Graham: No dishonor if Mark Obenshain contests AG race

I’ll take friendly issue here with my friend and colleague Andy Schmookler for his recent column on the still too-close-to-call Virginia attorney general race (“Andy Schmookler: I’m betting on Mark Obenshain acting honorably,” Nov. 21 AFP). I don’t see any dishonor if Obenshain decides after a recount to contest the result in the Virginia General Assembly.


Andy Schmookler: I’m betting on Mark Obenshain acting honorably

Earlier this month, an alarm about Virginia’s razor-close Attorney General’s race sounded in some Democratic circles. Adam Swerver, in an article posted on the MSNBC website, declared that even if the defeat of Republican candidate Mark Obenshain is confirmed in a recount, he might still be able to have himself declared the winner.


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Mark Obenshain: ‘It could still go either way’

Democrat Mark Herring is declaring victory and calling himself “attorney general-elect,” but Republican Mark Obenshain isn’t close to throwing in the towel. “No matter what Mark Herring says, with this margin, nobody can predict which of us will be sworn in as Virginia’s next attorney general. It still could go either way. There’s a lot at stake, and I’m not about to give up now,” Obenshain said.


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Mark Herring claims narrow win in attorney general race

The week-long review of votes, locality by locality, is complete, and Democrat Mark Herring has a 106-vote lead in the Virginia attorney general race over Republican Mark Obenshain. The State Board of Elections will certify the vote on Monday, Nov. 25, at which point we can almost certainly expect to see the Obenshain campaign file for a recount.


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Mark Herring now in lead in attorney general race

Democrat Mark Herring picked up significantly in a review of votes cast in Richmond, and has taken the lead in the still-too-close-to-call Virginia attorney general race. Herring leads Republican Mark Obenshain by 117 votes. Localities are expected to have their numbers in to the State Board of Elections by the close of the day on Tuesday.


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Mark Herring campaign continues to push victory in attorney general race

The State Board of Elections website now has Republican Mark Obenshain with a narrow 17-vote lead over Democrat Mark Herring in the Virginia attorney general race. An unofficial count by Cook Political Report reporter Dave Wasserman has Herring with a 115-vote lead, meanwhile.


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What happens when the Mark Herring-Mark Obenshain race goes to recount?

It’s almost dangerous to say this, but as of this writing, Republican Mark Obenshain has a 681-vote lead over Democrat Mark Herring in the too-close-to-call Virginia attorney general race. And now the focus shifts to the inevitable recount that is to come, even as the candidates jockey for position in the ongoing PR battle.


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Shades of 2005: Mark Herring, Mark Obenshain headed toward recount

Depending on what time you went to bed on Election Night, either Republican Mark Obenshain or Democrat Mark Herring was the winner in the 2013 Virginia attorney general race. For most, it was Obenshain, who had the lead in the counting all night long. If you stayed up into the wee hours, it was Herring, who led by 616 votes in the counting as of 3 a.m.


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Too close to call: Obenshain, Herring will have to wait out recount

The Virginia attorney general race appears headed for a recount with Democrat Mark Herring holding a narrow 616-vote lead over Republican Mark Obenshain at the end of Election Night.


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Local tally: GOP wins big in Augusta, Rockingham, holds serve in Staunton, Waynesboro, Harrisonburg

Augusta and Rockingham are always among the most Republican parts of the state in statewide elections. That held true again in the 2013 state races. Republicans Ken Cuccinelli, E.W. Jackson and Mark Obenshain ran strong in the counties Tuesday.


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Live Blog: 2013 Virginia election results

Augusta Free Press will be live tonight with the latest results from the 2013 Virginia state elections. AFP editor Chris Graham will update the numbers and offer commentary and analysis as the numbers come in for the governor, lieutenant governor and attorney general races.


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Chris Graham: How to follow tonight’s Virginia election scoreboard

Elections are like sports; there are scoreboards in both. And so it is that Election Night is the Super Bowl for the politicognescenti. How will tonight’s Super Bowl go in Virginia? We know how it ends. Terry McAuliffe, Ralph Northam and Mark Obenshain will be the big winners. As in a football game, that won’t be immediately obvious.


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Chris Graham: Handicapping the Virginia governor race, other state races

It’s hard, really hard, to imagine Democrat Terry McAuliffe not winning the 2013 Virginia governor’s race, and by a relatively safe margin. McAuliffe, the former Democratic National Committee chair, has a lead of at least six points in every legitimate poll taken of the race in the past week, with two polls putting his lead in the low- to mid-double digits.


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Final PPP poll: McAuliffe, Northam, Herring with leads in state races

Terry McAuliffe is seen as the lesser of two evils, mediocre choices, whatever, and thus seems poised to win the 2013 Virginia governor race.


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New poll: Terry McAuliffe, Ralph Northam, Mark Obenshain maintain leads

A new Christopher Newport University poll has Democrats Terry McAuliffe and Ralph Northam and Republican Mark Obenshain with varying leads in their statewide races. McAuliffe leads Republican Ken Cuccinelli 45 percent to 38 percent in the governor’s race, with Libertarian Robert Sarvis polling 10 percent.


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Roanoke College poll: Democrats open up big leads in state races

The Democratic Party ticket appears poised for a sweep of the state races next Tuesday, according to a new poll from Roanoke College released Wednesday.


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Washington Post poll: Ralph Northam, Mark Herring open up leads downticket

Democrat Ralph Northam has opened up a large lead in the Virginia lieutenant governor race, and ticketmate Mark Herring has pushed ahead in the attorney general race.


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Democrats hit Mark Obenshain on transvaginal ultrasounds

Remember the transvaginal ultrasound debates that riveted the Virginia General Assembly in 2012? Virginia Democrats want you to, and want you to remember where Republican attorney general nominee Mark Obenshain was, basically in the middle of it all.


Herring TV ad highlights news articles on Obenshain

The Mark Herring attorney general campaign is trying to break through the clutter of a tight race with Mark Obenshain with a new TV ad, “Footsteps,” showcasing several newspaper op-eds and their assessment on the Obenshain record.


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GOP demands Dem AG candidate return campaign funds

The Republican Party of Virginia has filed a complaint against the Democratic Attorney Generals Association related to $680,000 in contributions made by the DAGA to Democratic Party attorney general nominee Mark Herring since August.


Karen Kwiatkowski: A look at the Virginia GOP ticket

When I ran in the Republican primary of 2012, seeking to unseat long-term Sixth District Congressman Bob Goodlatte, I met a lot of people who liked my message of small government and liberty.


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Democrats bring attention to Obenshain attack ad

Republican attorney general nominee Mark Obenshain’s latest TV ad claims there are erroneous attacks against him, but Democrats say the real truth is Mark Obenshain hasn’t been honest about his record.


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Former UVa. professor Michael Mann critical of Mark Obenshain on climate change

Republican attorney general candidate Mark Obenshain is trying to change his story on gubernatorial nominee Ken Cuccinelli’s crusade against former UVa. professor Michael Mann’s climate-change research.


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Herring: Obenshain too ‘extreme’

Democratic candidate for attorney general Mark Herring outlined his campaign platform at the Metro Richmond Women’s Bar Association Forum on Wednesday.


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Herring ad hits Obenshain, Cuccinelli on women’s issues

The Mark Herring for Attorney General campaign responded to Republican opponent Mark Obenshain’s negative attack ads by releasing their latest television ad titled “Wrong Turn.”


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Two new polls have McAuliffe up in governor’s race

Two new polls out Friday have Democrat Terry McAuliffe leading Republican Ken Cuccinelli and Libertarian Robert Sarvis in the Virginia governor’s race.


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Mark Herring launches ‘Virginia Voices’ web video campaign

Democratic candidate for attorney general Mark Herring launched last week a web video campaign titled “Virginia Voices,” a series of videos of Virginians talking about issues that are important to them and explaining why this attorney general’s race is important for the future of the Commonwealth.


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JMU students, faculty raise issue with Obenshain on choice issues

Today, two former James Madison University faculty members as well as current and former students called attention to Republican attorney general candidate Mark Obenshain’s time as a member of the James Madison University Board of Visitors and his crusade to stop the university’s health center from dispensing emergency contraception.


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Herring: Virginians can’t trust Mark Obenshain on ethics reform

On Friday, on the Kojo Nnamdi Show, Democratic candidate for attorney general Mark Herring called out his opponent, State Sen. Mark Obenshain, for voting against a bill to ban gifts, and for remaining silent as the gifts scandal engulfs two of Virginia’s highest elected officials.


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Quinnipiac: McAuliffe builds lead in governor’s race

Democrat Terry McAuliffe has a 48-42 percent lead over Republican Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli in the race to become Virginia’s next governor, according to today’s Quinnipiac University poll, the first survey in this race among voters likely to vote in the November election.


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Virginia Farm Bureau Federation AgPAC endorses Cuccinelli, Northam, Obenshain

Virginia Farm Bureau Federation AgPAC has announced its endorsement of Ken Cuccinelli, the Republican candidate for governor; Ralph S. Northam, the Democratic candidate for lieutenant governor; and Mark D. Obenshain, the Republican candidate for attorney general.


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Attorney general race heats up over gun raffle

In Blacksburg this weekend, the Virginia Citizens Defense League (VCDL) will be raffling off the same gun model used in the Virginia Tech massacre that claimed the lives of 33 students and faculty just down the street in April 2007. Speaking to a group of Virginia’s Commonwealth Attorneys Friday morning, Democratic nominee for attorney general Mark Herring criticized Republican nominee Mark Obenshain for supporting this group and their actions.


Ralph Northam, Mark Herring win Democratic nominations

State Sens. Ralph Northam and Mark Herring will complete the Democratic Party ticket for the 2013 state elections. Northam, D-Norfolk, defeated Aneesh Chopra for the lieutenant governor nomination, with 54.3 percent of the more than 140,000 votes cast. Herring, D-Leesburg, won a tighter battle with former federal prosecutor Justin Fairfax for the attorney general nomination, with 51.6 percent of the votes going to Herring.


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New web video highlights differences between Mark Herring, Mark Obenshain

Today State Sen. Mark Herring released a web video comparing his record against State Sen. Mark Obenshain’s.


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Mark Obenshain, E.W. Jackson join Ken Cuccinelli on Republican state ticket

Virginia Republicans formally nominated Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli to run for governor in 2013, and added as his ticketmates Mark Obenshain, a Harrisonburg state senator, as the attorney-general nominee, and E.W. Jackson, a Chesapeake-based Baptist minister, as the nominee for lieutenant governor.


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Tea Party, PAC tap Corey Stewart, Mark Obenshain in vetting for statewide nominations

A vetting of statewide candidates for the lieutenant governor and attorney general nominations fro the Republican Party in the 2013 elections conducted by the Virginia Tea Party Patriots Federation and Middle Resolution PAC led to the groups endorsing Corey Stewart for lieutenant governor and Mark Obenshain for attorney general.


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Goodlatte endorses Mark Obenshain for attorney general nomination

Sixth District Congressman Bob Goodlatte announced on Monday that he is endorsing Harrisonburg State Sen. Mark Obenshain for the Republican attorney general nomination.


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Mark Obenshain: 2013 legislative preview

For me, the arrival of a new year means just one thing: the legislative session is just around the corner! To some degree, trying to predict what will happen in session is a fool’s errand: there’s always an issue that throws everyone for a loop or a seemingly minor bill that looms large by session’s end. But while I can’t profess to tell you exactly what session has in store, it’s at least possible to offer a brief sketch of what to watch for and what to expect.


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Mark Obenshain: What do these oysters have to do with your constitutional rights?

Oysters have been harvested in the Chesapeake Bay from time immemorial. In fact, the Bay’s very name is an Algonquian phrase that can be translated “great shellfish bay,” and as early as 1612, English settlers were praising the Chesapeake’s oyster beds.


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Mark Herring announces candidacy for attorney general

Leesburg Democrat Mark Herring announced today that he will run for the 2013 Democratic Party nomination for attorney general


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Mark Obenshain: Standing up for coal

A week ago, I met 2,000 people who would like nothing more than to give President Obama a lump of coal on Election Day. But what they really want to do is keep giving the entire nation coal-the coal we need for our coal-fired power plants, for our domestic steel production, and to reduce our reliance on foreign energy sources