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Vote-Lagging Va. AG Candidate Outlines Transition Plan

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RICHMOND (WRIC) - All the votes have been counted in the Attorney General Race and Mark Herring leads Mark Obenshain by 164 votes, but Obenshain is not conceding this race just yet.

Despite that 164 vote deficit that Senator Mark Obenshain finds himself in currently he called a press conference Wednesday to announce four members of his transition team, clearly moving forward hoping he will be Virginia's next Attorney General.

"You don't see Mark Herring resigning his Senate seat, nor do you see me resigning my Senate seat," Obenshain says.

But with the race still too close to call, both Obenshain and Herring are proceeding as if they will be the next Attorney General.

"It is imperative for a transition process to be in place so that we are at a point where we can move into that office if this process unfolds in a way that I sure would like to see it unfold," Obenshain says.

Obenshain called this the closest election in Virginia's history, and currently he is waiting for the State Board of Elections to finish their automatic review of the votes.

He pointed out that in 2005 this automatic process resulted in a 123 vote net change.

He also says it is premature to talk about a potential for a recount until this review by the State Board of Elections has been completed on November 25.

"I'm going to make sure to the extent possible that we defend the integrity of the process."

The Democratic Party of Virginia says they are confident in the lead Mark Herring has right now. Herring himself has also announced his transition team.

And Democratic staffers have begun referring to Mark Herring as Attorney General Elect.

They say history is on their side.

"If [Obenshain] wants to go ahead and get his transitions team ready that's great for him but we're going to win this thing," says staffer Lauren Harmon. "Certainly it is a close race, but we believe that looking back at the historical data we are going to win this."


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