Herring is Va. Democratic attorney general nominee

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - State Sen. Mark Herring has won the Democratic nomination for Virginia attorney general over political newcomer Justin Fairfax.

The 51-year-old Herring captured nearly 52 percent of the vote in Tuesday's statewide primary. He now takes on a fellow state senator, Republican Mark Obenshain of Harrisonburg, in the Nov. 5 election.

Herring took his state Senate seat from Loudoun County in 2006 and was re-elected two years ago by nine percentage points over Republican Patricia Phillips. He was a member of the county's board of supervisors before being elected to the Senate. He is the principal attorney in his own law firm in Leesburg.

Fairfax released the following statement, in part, Tuesday evening:

"... I am humbled and honored by the great support I have received all across the state. I look forward to supporting Terry McAuliffe and the rest of our very strong Democratic ticket in November.”