AP: Mark Herring (D) wins attorney general race, Justin Fairfax (D) elected lieutenant governor

Herring (left), Fairfax (right)

Democrat Justin Fairfax has been elected Virginia's next lieutenant governor, a position that often serves as a springboard for future gubernatorial candidates. Fairfax, a former federal prosecutor won Tuesday over Republican Jill Vogel, a Republican state senator from Fauquier County. Fairfax has never held elective office before. He made his first run for office four years ago, narrowly losing the Democratic nomination for attorney general to Mark Herring. The lieutenant governor post is considered a part-time job and receives a salary just above $36,000 a year. While there are few official duties, the lieutenant governor can cast tiebreaking votes in Virginia's closely divided state Senate. ___ 9 p.m. 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. 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.