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12/18/2013 12:52 pm ET Updated Dec 18, 2013

Mark Obenshain Concedes Virginia Attorney General's Race

State Sen. Mark Obenshain (R-Harrisonburg) conceded the Virginia attorney general's race Wednesday to State Sen. Mark Herring (D-Loudon), after the recount Obenshain called for caused the narrow margin he was trailing by to increase.

"Today is not the time to contest the process," Obenshain said at a press conference in Richmond. "As we near the conclusion, Mark Herring will be ahead."

Obenshain asked for a government-funded recount under state law after the state Board Of Elections certified Herring had a 165-vote lead. The recount widened Herring's lead to over 800 votes.

With a Herring victory, Democrats will hold the top three statewide offices in Virginia, which has not happened since 1989.

This story was updated after Obenshain's press conference Wednesday.

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