RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Sen. Mark Herring has made his debut as Virginia's attorney general-elect, promising to deliver "mainstream leadership" to the state.
The northern Virginia Democrat met with reporters Wednesday hours after his Republican rival and fellow state Sen. Mark Obenshain conceded after a recount of the Nov. 5 election put victory beyond his reach.
Herring said Obenshain was gracious in defeat.
Herring will succeed Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli, who lost a Republican bid for governor. Cuccinelli has been an activist conservative, unsuccessfully challenging the nation's health care law and taking on climate scientists.
In contrast, Herring supports abortion rights and gay marriage.
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