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Decision 2013 Meet the Candidate: Mark Herring

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Recent polling shows very few voters have an opinion about the men running to become the state's next attorney general. Tonight, we introduce you to the Democrat vying for your vote, and explain why he wants to become Virginia's top cop.

"Voters are going to have a definite and clear choice," said Democratic candidate for attorney general Mark Herring.

Herring says he is the right choice.

"There's been way too much politics in the attorney general's office, and I want to take the politics out and put problem solving and Virginians first," said Herring.

Herring has served in the Virginia Senate since 2006, representing Loudoun and Western Fairfax counties. Now he's running to become the state's top cop, working to paint his opponent - state Senator Mark Obenshain - as a right-wing extremist.

"In this campaign we have seen how he has tried to run away from that record," said Herring.

Herring points to Obenshain's record in the General Assembly, including his support of a law requiring photo ID at the polls, and a law requiring pre-abortion ultrasounds.

"Those are the types of things that he's trying to run away from now, and it's important that voters know the difference," said Herring.

"Herring wants to try to define Obenshain in such a way that he can very much attach him to Cuccinelli," said Geoff Skelley, political analyst at University of Virginia's Center for Politics.

The attorney general's race is the only one still listed as a tossup by the UVA Center for Politics. One of the main reasons - more than three quarters of registered voters still don't know who these candidates are.

"We're talking about two state senators who are not known all over the state," said Skelley.

If Herring wants to win, Skelley says he'll have to keep the heat on Obenshain, hope for a McAuliffe victory, and hope history doesn't repeat itself.

"For Herring the concern has to be that no Democrat has won the AG's office since 1989," said Skelley. "It's really just kind of hard to say at this point."

The attorney general candidates will meet next Wednesday for a live debate, hosted by the Loudon County Chamber of Commerce.

Friday night on NBC29, we'll hear from the Republican candidate, Senator Mark Obenshain. 

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