Herring’s Campaign Manager: Gun Control Helped Candidate Win Virginia AG’s Race

AP

The man who helped guide Democrat Mark Herring to a win in Virginia’s attorney general race wrote Sunday that support for gun control proved to be a winning position for the candidate.

Kevin O’Holleran, who managed Herring’s campaign, wrote in the Washington Post that gun control gave the Democrat an opportunity to draw a favorable contrast with his Republican opponent, state Sen. Mark Obenshain. Herring, O’Holleran wrote, was on the right side of the debate.

“Obenshain’s position against gun-safety legislation was standard GOP fare — but it reflected a state and a voter mind-set that no longer exist,” O’Holleran wrote.

“Almost all Virginians support sensible gun-safety legislation. Over the years, the commonwealth has become more urban and suburban, not only in Northern Virginia but also in Norfolk and Richmond. We found broad support in the Washington suburbs, Richmond and Norfolk for comprehensive background checks and ending the gun-show loophole.”

Herring was certified as the winner in the attorney general’s race last week, but Obenshain’s campaign has filed for a recount.

 

 

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