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Slow to the polls

Posted on Wednesday, June 21, 2017 at 9:52 am

Northumberland County’s voters reflected almost the exact reverse of voters statewide in last week’s primary elections. Across the state 542,000 people voted in the Democratic primary and 365,000 voted in the Republican primary. In Northumberland, 767 voters cast ballots in the Democratic primary and 1,232 voted in the Republican primary.

Turnout in both local primaries was low. Eight per cent of county voters voted in the Democratic races and 13 per cent voted in the GOP races.

Except in the Republican lieutenant gubernatorial race, Northumberland voters backed statewide winners. The Democrats voted 504 to 263 for Ralph Northam over Tom Perriello. The Republicans supported Ed Gillespie 654 to 462 for Corey Stewart and 116 for Frank Wagner. In the races for their lieutenant governor nominations, local Democrats favored statewide winner Justin Fairfax 346 to 246 for Susan Platt and 121 for Gene Rossi.

In a break with GOP voters statewide, Northumberland’s Republicans gave State Sen. Bryce Reeves 654 votes to 462 for Virginia-wide winner Jill Vogel. Glenn Davis, Jr. trailed with 116 votes. Across the state, Vogel edged Reeves by 10,000 votes.

In the race of pick a Democrat to oppose Republican Del. Margaret Ransone in November, Frances Edwards of Weems defeated Vivian Messner of Colonial Beach 448 to 263 in Northumberland County.

Election Day was also the last day to file to run for local offices. By the end of the day, nobody had filed to run against incumbent supervisors James Long (District 3) and Richard Haynie (District 2). Carl Perez did file to run against incumbent Gerald Howard for the District 3 seat on the school board. Mary Hooper filed to run for the District 2 school board seat for which Dean Sumner has declined to run again. She is unopposed.