The Republican race for the nomination for U.S. Senate was the attention-grabber yesterday, especially in areas of the commonwealth where there was nothing else on the ballot. The win by George Allen wasn’t unexpected, although the margin – he received more than 65% of the vote – was. There are a lot of pieces to the puzzle as to why Allen won so big, but one is, of course, money. It’s hard to get out your message without it.
The only local Congressional primaries were in the 4th. Incumbent Republican Randy Forbes swatted away his challenger, garnering nearly 90% of the vote. On the Democratic side, Chesapeake councilwoman Dr. Ella Ward won with more than 85% of the vote over her challenger. The two will face off in November – and money will play a significant role. At this point, Forbes has it and Ward does not.
Over in Hampton, there was a Democratic primary for Commonwealth’s Attorney. Winning with over 60% of the vote was deputy CA Anton Bell. He faces no opposition in November.
The primary that kept me at my computer late last night was the Democratic primary for Alexandria City Council. A change to paper ballots delayed the election results, as the ballots from each of the city’s 27 precincts were driven to the registrar’s office and reported from there. I was watching because former Norfolk resident Sean Hollihan was among the 14 candidates vying for 6 spots. He came up short.
My congratulations to all of the winners. My condolences to all of the non-winners. Thanks to all for offering to serve.
Speaking of offering to serve, for most localities, yesterday was the filing deadline for November municipal elections. I say “most” because it appears that Portsmouth had a deadline that was one week earlier – more on that later (edited to add link). In addition to Portsmouth, Virginia Beach and Suffolk have moved their elections to November. The candidates who have been certified for council and school board elections in those cities can be found here.