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Attorney General Mark Herring Running for Governor

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Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring (FILE IMAGE) Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring (FILE IMAGE)

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring says he's going to run for governor.

Herring, a Democrat, told the Washington Post he's planning to run in 2021.

Virginia does not allow governors to seek consecutive terms, meaning current Gov. Ralph Northam cannot run for re-election.

Herring is a former state senator who became attorney general in 2014. He easily won re-election last year as voters unhappy with President Donald Trump gave Democrats a huge boost at the polls.

Herring has been a frequent critic of the president and a vocal supporter of same-sex marriage, immigrant-friendly policies, and stricter gun control.

Other Democrats who may run for governor include Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax and Richmond Mayor Levar Stoney.

Information from: The Washington Post, http://www.washingtonpost.com

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