It only took a week, but on Wednesday morning it was decided that Senator Mark Herring (D) would become the new attorney general, succeeding Ken Cuccinelli (R). Herring beat out Republican Senator Mark Obenshain by only 163 votes out of 2.2 million cast, according to Time.
This outcome for Herring means that the Democrats have completely swept the state of Virginia, which may come as a surprise to some. Virginia hasn’t had a Democrat governor, lieutenant governor, attorney general and both senators since 1969, according to The Daily Beast.
The success by the Democrats has made the GOP look awfully weak and extremely conservative to many voters. Ken Cuccinelli, E.W. Jackson and Mark Obenshain have all gone through terrible scrutiny during this election season. Many of their campaign messages were analyzed by both voters and the media, and thought to be very harsh for a slight majority of voters.
With the Democrats holding all of the positions, it’s going to make a GOP comeback very hard and not likely to happen. If these men do well in office, the Republicans have a lot of ground to make up. The Democrats have four years to get the state to where they want it to be, and, by 2016, the Republicans could be facing another very tough election.