Jason Miyares unseats two-time Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring

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UPDATE 5:42 a.m. (11/4/21): FALLS CHURCH, Va. (AP) — Republican Jason Miyares has been elected Virginia’s attorney general, defeating two-term incumbent Mark Herring after a campaign in which Miyares sought to portray Herring as soft on crime. Herring conceded late Wednesday afternoon.

Miyares will be the first Republican to hold the attorney general post since Ken Cuccinelli won in 2009.

A delegate from Virginia Beach, Miyares highlighted his background as the son of a Cuban immigrant throughout the campaign. He frequently criticized Herring for decisions by the state parole board to release inmates early without notifying victims, decisions Herring said were totally outside his jurisdiction.

Herring, like Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam, was forced to admit in 2019 that he had once worn blackface. He said it occurred at a college party in 1980 and apologized for his actions. While Herring’s opponent in the Democratic primary criticized the attorney general’s conduct, Miyares did not make it an issue during the fall campaign.

Miyares narrowly won the GOP nomination over a hard-right opponent, Chuck Smith.


RICHMOND, Va. (WFXR) — Jason Miyares (R) will become Virginia’s next attorney general after incumbent Attorney General Mark Herring (D) conceded the election.

Herring reached out to Miyares regarding his win.

“From the bottom of my heart, I thank the people of Virginia for trusting me to serve as your attorney general for the last eight years.

We showed Virginians a new vision for what this office could be, and what a difference an attorney general can make in their lives, and we have forever changed what Virginians will expect and demand from their attorney general.

This afternoon I called Jason Miyares to congratulate him on his victory and assure him that my team and I will do all we can to ensure a smooth and effective transition. He will be accepting a role and leading an office that has tremendous capacity for good in the lives of Virginians.

incumbent Attorney General Mark Herring

Miyares will be the first Republican to hold the title since Ken Cuccinelli, who was attorney general in Virginia from 2010 to 2014. 

This story will be updated. 

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