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VA Attorney General Race Still Close

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Wednesday, Republican Mark Obenshain is cautiously celebrating a very tight victory in the race for attorney general.

With 100 percent precincts reporting unofficial returns, Obenshain finished with 49.92 percent and Democrat Mark Herring finished with 49.87 percent of the final vote. A recount is now likely.

Herring is counting on a recount because the margin that separates him from victory is 1,158 votes, according to the State Board of Elections site.

Obenshain issued a statement that acknowledged the race is extremely close, but says he's “confident that [he] will prevail.”

The Associated Press contributed to this article. 

Mark Obenshain for Attorney General released the following statement Wednesday: 

"Two years ago, when I began traveling Virginia talking about my vision for this Commonwealth, and my plans to help keep our communities safe and our economy strong, this day seemed an eternity away. Right now, the race is extremely close, but I'm confident that that we will prevail. Elections like this are a reminder of the importance of participating in the Democratic process. We’re going to wait until the State Board of Elections finishes its tabulations, and make any further decisions at that time. But I do want to take this opportunity to thank those who have stood with us as we’ve campaigned across Virginia these past two years, and to thank all of you for your dedication and commitment. We ran a campaign based on a positive plan to solve problems in Virginia, and I’m proud of that.

In my ten years in the Senate, I have worked for lower taxes, safer communities and a more limited government. As your next Attorney General, I will continue to fight to make sure that Virginia is a beacon of freedom and opportunity. We have long hours ahead of us, but I shall always be immensely grateful for your support. You have all been absolutely incredible. Thank you, God bless you, and God bless our Commonwealth and our nation.

In my ten years in the Senate, I have worked for lower taxes, safer communities and a more limited government. As your next Attorney General, I will continue to fight to make sure that Virginia is a beacon of freedom and opportunity. We have long hours ahead of us, but I shall always be immensely grateful for your support. You have all been absolutely incredible. Thank you, God bless you, and God bless our Commonwealth and our nation."

Herring for Attorney General campaign manager Kevin O'Holleran released the following statement Wednesday:

"Since polls closed, we've seen several lead changes and based on our projections, we are going to win. When all of the votes cast are counted, including absentee votes and thousands of provisional ballots, we're confident Mark Herring will be the next Attorney General of Virginia. We have a responsibility to make sure that that every voter is protected and every vote counts," O'Holleran said.

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