Herring wins second term as Va. attorney general

Democratic Attorney General Mark Herring celebrates his re-election with supporters at the Northam For Governor election night party at George Mason University in Fairfax, Va., Tuesday, Nov. 7, 2017. Herring won a second term as Virginia's attorney general Tuesday, beating back a challenge from Republican John Adams. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen)

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Democratic incumbent Mark Herring has won Virginia’s attorney general race, beating back a challenge from Republican John Adams.

Herring won his second term Tuesday.

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During the campaign, Herring was sharply criticized by Adams for his refusal to defend Virginia’s 2006 constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage. Herring said his position was vindicated by the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling striking down same-sex marriage bans as unconstitutional.

The race was the only attorney general contest in the country this year and drew national interest.