RICHMOND, Va. (AP) – Republican Mark Obenshain has conceded the race for Virginia attorney general as Democrat Mark Herring built an insurmountable lead in a recount.
The concession Wednesday gives Democrats a sweep of statewide races for the first time since 1989.
Herring is a state senator. He will succeed Republican Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli, who unsuccessfully ran for governor.
Obenshain petitioned for the recount after he trailed by 165 votes out of more than 2.2 million ballots cast Nov. 5. It had been the closest statewide race in modern Virginia political history.
Obenshain is also a state senator. He conceded on the third day of a statewide recount.
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