Jessica M. Karmasek Oct. 31, 2013, 3:30pm

RICHMOND, Va. (Legal Newsline) -- State Sen. Mark Herring, a Democrat, and fellow Sen. Mark Obenshain, a Republican, are in a dead heat in the race for Virginia attorney general, according to a new poll Monday.

The Washington Post/Abt SRBI survey shows Herring up by three points, 49 percent to 46 percent, over Obenshain. The race results are within the poll's margin of error.

The survey results mirror those of an internal Democratic Party of Virginia poll earlier this week.

The poll, obtained by Politico Sunday and done by public opinion research firm Garin Hart Young, also has Herring up by three points, 45 percent to 42 percent, over his GOP opponent. The race results also are within the poll's margin of error.

Republicans have won the last five elections for Virginia attorney general.

The Post poll also shows Democrat Terry McAuliffe with a sizeable lead -- 12 percentage points -- over current Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli, a Republican, in the race for governor.

The state's election is Nov. 5.

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