We just got some great news out of Virginia — Republican Attorney General candidate Mark Obenshain has conceded the race, meaning Democratic, pro-choice candidate Mark Herring is the Commonwealth’s next Attorney General.
It’s been a hard-fought battle for Herring. The Nov. 5 election results were too close to call, so a recount began Monday. But as the votes were tallied again, it became clear that Democrats had indeed swept the top five statewide offices — the first time since 1969.
This is a huge victory for women’s reproductive health and rights. Sen. Obenshain introduced legislation that would have required women to report their miscarriages to the police within 24 hours of them happening. He supported Virginia’s Personhood Act and the mandatory ultrasound legislation.
Simply put, it would have been devastating for Virginia’s women if he had been elected. But instead, voters have elected Herring, a candidate who opposes Virginia’s TRAP regulations and efforts to restrict women’s access to birth control.