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Schapiro: Obenshain could use nuclear option in AG race

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The election for Virginia's next attorney general between Mark R. Herring (left) and Mark D. Obenshain is marked by razor-thin, back-and-forth results and is headed for an official recount.

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Republican Mark Obenshain is trailing Democrat Mark Herring for attorney general by 164 votes. Obenshain could win with as few as 71 — with not a single one cast by an ordinary Virginian. It is a nuclear option that takes the election out of the hands of the electorate.

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The election for Virginia's next attorney general between Mark R. Herring (left) and Mark D. Obenshain is marked by razor-thin, back-and-forth results and is headed for an official recount.