Democrat Wins Virginia's AG Race—by 165 Votes But recount expected in state's tightest-ever election By Matt Cantor, Newser User Posted Nov 25, 2013 10:37 AM CST 53 comments Comments In this Nov. 6, 2013 file photo, Mark Herring speaks with reporters about the vote count. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen) (Newser) – Virginia has declared a winner in the state's tightest election ever: Democrat Mark Herring has been certified as the next state attorney general. But the fight may not be over: The Washington Post expects a recount. More than 2 million voted in the election, but Herring beat fellow state senator Mark Obenshain by just 165 votes. Despite a unanimous vote by the state Board of Elections to certify Herring the winner, the board's chair said he was "concerned about the integrity of the data." Success for Herring, the Post notes, would give Democrats all three statewide office wins.