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By Mark Davis
The nation founders, the Lone Star State thrives
Topic - Mark D. Obenshain
Sometimes today's loser is tomorrow's winner. Virginia state Sen. Mark D. Obenshain conceded last week that a conveniently discovered ballot box had given his Democratic opponent a slim edge in the recount for attorney general. As a conservative Republican who performed better than the rest of his party on Election Day, Mr. Obenshain might give serious thought to filing against Sen. Mark R. Warner, a Democrat, who must defend his U.S. Senate seat next November.
Republican Mark D. Obenshain has scheduled a 3 p.m. press conference in Richmond in which he will concede the Virginia attorney general's race as preliminary recount results suggest he is falling farther behind.
Republican Mark D. Obenshain on Wednesday conceded the Virginia attorney general's race to Democrat Mark R. Herring, putting an end to one of the closet elections in the state's history.
Stealing elections is an old game politicians play. Lyndon B. Johnson, the 36th president, got to the U.S. Senate in 1948 by "winning" the closest race in Texas history by a margin of 87 votes out of more than a million cast. An election judge in tiny Alice, Texas, said he counted more than 200 names on the voting roll for Box 13 that were written in alphabetic succession in the same hand, same color of ink. When a federal court subpoenaed Box 13, it was discovered to be "lost." LBJ took his seat in the Senate. Voting machines were supposed to put an end to such election-night chicanery, but Earl Long, the colorful governor of Louisiana, where fraud is the national sport, boasted that "I can make a voting machine play 'Home on the Range' all night long."
Virginia's largest voting jurisdiction is set to begin a recount Monday for the tightest race in state history, even as one candidate raises concerns about the conduct of the election.
Republican Mark D. Obenshain on Wednesday filed a petition asking for a recount of the results in this month's attorney general's race — a contest separated by just 165 votes.
Republican Mark D. Obenshain said Tuesday that he plans to formally ask for a recount of this month's Virginia attorney general's race that was decided by 165 votes.
The Virginia State Board of Elections on Monday declared Democrat Mark R. Herring the official winner of the state's attorney general race by 165 votes — the smallest margin for any statewide race in Virginia history.
A razor-thin margin in the Virginia attorney general's race could ultimately put the decision about a winner before the General Assembly — but the rarely used strategy of contesting an election comes with its own political consequences, analysts say.
Elections officials in Arlington acknowledged Wednesday that the county's electoral board accepted more than a dozen provisional ballots in which a voter's name had been checked off mistakenly as already having voted, a discrepancy apparently chalked up to errors by poll workers.
Democrat Mark R. Herring declared victory in the Virginia attorney general's race Tuesday, after opening a triple-digit lead in the final hours before localities certified their results and submitted them to the State Board of Elections.
Democrat Mark R. Herring extended his lead over Republican Mark D. Obenshain in the Virginia attorney general's race Tuesday, after Fairfax County elections officials tallied their outstanding provisional ballots.
The race for attorney general in Virginia remains undecided nearly a week after Election Day, and as local elections officials neared the conclusion of an investigation into absentee ballots, the razor-thin lead of Republican Mark D. Obenshain narrowed.
FAIRFAX, Va. (AP) — The cliffhanging race for Virginia attorney general tightened Saturday after a canvass of absentee ballots in a Fairfax County district added 2,070 votes for Democrat Mark R. Herring, more than doubling those added to Republican Mark D. Obenshain's total.
The long road to a possible victory in the race for Virginia's attorney general began when Mark D. Obenshain was a teenager.
"I called [Mr. Herring] earlier today to offer my congratulations on his victory," he said.
As preliminary recount results showed Mr. Herring's lead growing, Mr. Obenshain told reporters in Richmond that even without an official sign-off from the state, "it's become apparent our campaign is going to come up a few votes short.