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  • Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring speaks during a news conference concerning a hearing on Virginia's ban on gay marriage in Norfolk, Va., Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2014. A federal judge heard arguments on whether Virginia's ban on gay marriage is unconstitutional. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)

    Federal judge strikes down Virginia's constitutional ban on same-sex marriage

    A federal judge issued a landmark ruling Thursday night striking down Virginia's constitutional amendment banning gay marriage and moving the Old Dominion a step closer to being the first state in the traditional South where such unions are legal.

  • LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Herring derelict on duty to defend state law

    Virginia Attorney General Mark R. Herring has abandoned his client ("VA's top law official won't enforce voter-approved gay-marriage ban," Web, Jan. 23). The people of Virginia hired Mr. Herring to be their lawyer, to provide them with good counsel and to represent them to the best of his ability. However, Mr. Herring has decided that his views and wishes take precedence over those of his clients.

  • ** FILE ** Virginia Attorney General-elect Mark Herring smiles during a news conference at the Capitol in Richmond, Va., in this Dec. 18, 2013, file photo. Herring has concluded that the state's ban on gay marriage is unconstitutional and he will no longer defend it in federal lawsuits challenging it, his office said Thursday, Jan. 23, 2014. (AP Photo/Steve Helber, File)

    Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring says gay marriage ban unconstitutional

    Saying it's "time for the commonwealth to be on the right side of history and the right side of the law," Virginia Attorney General Mark R. Herring announced Thursday he will no longer defend the state's ban on same-sex marriage in federal court.

  • "This was an extraordinarily close election," Virginia Attorney General-elect Mark R. Herring (above) said as his Republican rival, Mark D. Obenshain (below), seen with his wife, Suzanne, conceded the race to the Democrat in Richmond on Wednesday. Mr. Obenshain had called for a statewide recount in November after an initial count found a 165-vote margin. (associated press photographs)

    EDITORIAL: Lawlessness in Virginia

    Republicans in the Virginia General Assembly are considering whether to take a page from the Boy Scout Handbook: Be prepared. Virginia's new governor and attorney general, highly skilled partisan Democrats, signal they aren't likely to play nice.

  • Members of the Virginia Capitol Police retire the colors during opening ceremonies of the General Assembly in Richmond. The election of a state senator from Norfolk was too close to call Wednesday. (associated press)

    Outcome of Norfolk race to decide state Senate control

    Tuesday's too-close-to-call special election in Norfolk appears to put Democrats on the precipice of taking effective control of the state Senate, but a possible recount could delay things for weeks — leaving incoming Gov. Terry McAuliffe facing a General Assembly dominated by the GOP for the beginning of his term.

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Virginia State Sen. Mark Obenshain gestures as his wife Suzanne looks on during a news conference at the Capitol in Richmond, Va., Wednesday, Dec. 18, 2013. Obenshain conceded the race for Attorney General to Democrat Mark Herring after a recount showed his losing ground in votes. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)

    Obenshain concedes Virginia AG race to Herring, ending recount

    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.

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    Obenshain raises ballot security issue in Va.

    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.

  • FILE - In this Nov. 13, 2013 file photo, State Sen. Mark Obenshain, R-Harrisonburg, Republican candidate for Attorney General,  gestures during a new conference at the Capitol Wednesday, Nov. 13, 2013, in Richmond, Va.  The closest statewide race in modern Virginia political history is unlikely to end Monday, Nov. 25,  when the State Board of Elections certifies the votes for attorney general and other contests in the Nov. 5 election. The State Board of Elections puts Democrat Mark Herring with a 165-vote edge over Obenshain out 2.2 million ballots cast for attorney general. While he hasn’t said so, Obenshain has signaled he will seek a recount, and he could press the issue to the General Assembly if he wants to take it to the limits of the law.  (AP Photo/Steve Helber)

    Obenshain to call for recount in Virginia attorney general's race

    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.

  • Members of the State Board of Elections, Chairman Charles E. Judd, left, and secretary Don Palmer, right, begin the process to certify the Nov. 5 ballot for the race for Virginia attorney general at the Capitol in Richmond, Va., Monday, Nov. 25, 2013.  Democrat Mark Herring leads Republican Mark Obenshain by 165 votes.   (AP Photo/Steve Helber)

    State certifies Herring as winner in Virginia attorney general's race

    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.

  • Republican attorney general candidate Mark R. Obenshain announces his transition team Wednesday, hours after Democratic candidate Mark R. Herring announces his own as both teams await official certification Nov. 25. (associated press)

    Arlington bar codes examined for vote problems in Virginia

    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.

  • Democratic Va. Attorney General candidate Mark Herring speaks with reporters about the vote count in his election during an election night party in Tysons Corner, Va., Wednesday, Nov. 6, 2013. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen) (associated press photographs)

    Democrat Herring declares victory in Virginia attorney general race

    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.

  • FILE  - This Wednesday June 12, 2013 file photo shows Democratic candidate for Attorney General, State  Sen. Mark Herring, center, gesturing as Democratic gubernatorial candidate, Terry McAuliffe, left, and  Lt. Governor candidate, State Sen. Ralph Notrham, right, look on during a breakfast appearance in Richmond, Va. Herring faces State Sen. Mark Obenshain in the election on Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2013.   (AP Photo/Steve Helber, File)

    Herring extends lead in Virginia AG race

    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.

  • Democratic Va. Attorney General candidate Mark Herring speaks with reporters about the vote count in his election during an election night party in Tysons Corner, Va., Wednesday, Nov. 6, 2013. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen) (associated press photographs)

    Herring takes lead in Virginia attorney general's race

    Mark R. Herring took the lead in the Virginia attorney general's race, with the focus shifting back to uncounted provisional ballots in Fairfax County as the deadline loomed Tuesday for localities to certify their election results.

  • Virginia state Sen. Mark R. Herring, the Democratic candidate for attorney general of the commonwealth, speaks with reporters about the vote count during a election-night party in Tysons Corner, Va., early on Wednesday, Nov. 6, 2013. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen)

    Democrat Mark Herring gains in cliffhanging Va. attorney general race

    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.

  • Attorney General candidate Mark Obenshain speaks to the crowd at the Lynchburg Regional Airport on Sunday, Nov. 3, 2013. (AP Photo/The News & Advance, Sam O'Keefe)

    Obenshain's attorney general lead cut to 55

    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.

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