Post submitted by Maureen McCarty, former HRC Deputy Director of Marketing

On Monday, the Virginia State Board of Elections declared Democrat Mark Herring the victor in the state race for attorney general.

The HRC-endorsed candidate defeated Republic Mark Obensharin by just 165 votes, according to The Washington Post. Obensharin has until next Friday to file for a recount.

Herring was part of HRC’s first-ever endorsement of a full-statewide candidate ticket. HRC-endorsed Lieutenant Governor-Elect Ralph Northam won more decisively against E.W. Jackson, whose fiery anti-LGBT rhetoric was not popular even among mainstream Republicans, and HRC-endorsed Governor-Elect Terry McAuliffe defeated Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli by 55,000 votes out of more than 2.2 million votes cast.

HRC was proud to endorse the entire statewide ticket.  All three candidates supported fairness and equality for all and promise a bright future for all fair-minded Virginians.

Governor-elect McAuliffe signaled earlier this month that his first executive order would be to ban discrimination against LGBT state employees.

HRC had eight organizers working on its first-ever endorsement of a full statewide candidate ticket.  Our hardworking team of staff and voluteers helped make 61,047 phone calls to voters, knocked on 47,932 doors and sent 250,000 messages to Virginia HRC members and supporters. Click here for more information on HRC’s election work in Virginia.

Congratulations to Herring and to the entire pro-equality ticket!

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