RICHMOND (AP) -- Sen. Mark Obenshain announced a transition team Wednesday although unofficial state election results show Democratic Sen. Mark Herring with a narrow lead in the race for attorney general.
"I don't know who's going to move into the AGs office in November. Despite what Mark Herring says, he doesn't know either," Obenshain said in a press conference Wednesday afternoon.
Obenshain's transition team includes two former attorney generals.
Herring, in the meantime, is claiming victory and has also announced his transition committee.
Herring said his five co-chairs will help provide advice and expertise.
The co-chairs include:
- Gabriel Morgan, Sheriff, Newport News
- Anne Holton, former First Lady of Virginia and former Juvenile and Domestic Relations district court judge, Richmond
- Michael Doucette, Commonwealth’s Attorney, Lynchburg
- Jeffrey Novak, National Director of State Public Policy and Assistant General Counsel at AOL, and member of the Northern Virginia Technology Council, Prince William
- Shannon Taylor, Commonwealth’s Attorney, Henrico
Additionally, Herring announced that David Hallock, Deputy Chief of Staff and Legislative Director for Senator Mark Warner, would lead his transition.
"The co-chairs are an exceptional group of Virginians, talented and with wide and deep experience in the issues confronting our state. Together, we’re going to build an Attorney General’s office that works for all Virginians,” Herring said in a press release.
After provisional ballots were tallied late Tuesday in Fairfax County, Herring declared himself the winner. Obenshain did not concede, saying he would wait for the state's certification of the Virginia-wide vote. That occurs Nov. 25.
When asked about Herring declaring victory, Obenshain said actions speak louder than words.
Obenshain did not say whether he would seek a recount.
The State Board of Elections on Wednesday showed Herring with a 164-vote lead.