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Close Races in Tri-Cities

Treska Smith, Sam Praham, Howard Myers, and John Hart were elected to Petersburg City Council. Ken Pritchett and Lois Long, to the school board.

It was a close race for Hopewell City Council for Christina Bailey and A.J. Zevgolis in Hopewell’s first and third wards. Arlene Holloway won handily in the second as did Jackie Shornak in Ward 7. Zevgolis returned to council, beating Mayor Michael Bujakowsky by thirty votes.

Hurt Wins Big in the 5th

5th District Congressman Robert Hurt was returned to office for a third term, winning in a landslide. Hurt, who is from Chatham, was the choice of well over 60% of voters and he was declared the winner a little over two hours after the polls closed.

Democrat Lawrence Gaughan managed just under 35% of the vote and both Hurt and Gaughan finished well ahead of Libertarian Paul Jones, and Green Party standard bearer Ken Hildebrandt.

Gillespie Makes Final Pitch

As Virginians head to the polls, Republican Senate hopeful Ed Gillespie says he’s the only choice for economic growth in the race. Gillespie says he feels great to be in the home stretch of the campaign and that the people he talks to have a sense of optimism about turning the country around.

The long time political operative and lobbyist and first time candidate says his supporters are motivated by a love and concern for the future of the country, not by polls.

Warner Rallies Volunteers for Election Day

On the final day of his re-election campaign (11/3) Senator Warner made his final stop at his Richmond campaign headquarters to rally volunteers for a final day of hard work. Though Warner still maintains a lead over his Republican opponent Ed Gillespie, that lead has narrowed over the past two weeks. However Virginia’s senior Senator says he has all the momentum going into election day.

Volunteers Working Hard Ahead of Election Day

Democratic and Republican volunteers are working hard to get their message out to voters, reminding the party faithful to head to the polls and trying to sway swing voters.

Dana Bailey is a retired account executive from Glen Allen who works phone banks for Democratic candidates. She’s telling voters how important it is to go to the polls in off year elections.

Final Wason Poll Gives Warner 51% to 44% Lead Over Gillespie

Republican Ed Gillespie continues to close the gap in his race against Democratic Senator Mark Warner but the final Wason poll released this morning (10/31) indicates it won’t be enough. Dr. Quentin Kidd, director of the Wason Poll says the negative ads, from both sides, have not changed anybody’s mind, but might suppress voter turnout, and that could be a factor.

The final Wason poll was conducted October 23-29th among 819 registered voters with a margin of error of plus or minus 3.9%.

Randolph Macon Debate: Brat and Trammell Tussle Over Immigration

Immigration was a central theme at the  October 28 7th district congressional debate between Professors Dave Brat and Jack Trammell at Randolph Macon College. Brat opposes the Dream Act which grants legal permanent status to undocumented immigrant students. Trammell supports it but says there is more work to do.

Brat does not support comprehensive reform saying it would provide 10 million illegal U.S. residents a pathway to citizenship. Brat says the focus on immigration must be securing the U.S. Border, which he says is open to national security threats.

Brat and Trammell Argue Minimum Wage Hike at Randolph Macon Debate

Republican Dave Brat and Democrat Jack Trammell held their final debate October 28 in Virginia’s 7th District congressional election, where they weighed in on whether Congress should raise the minimum wage. Trammel says raising the minimum wage to $10.10 would have a tremendous economic benefit. Brat says the way to grow wages is through increasing American’s productivity levels, not increasing them by mandate.

The current federal minimum wage is $7.25 per hour. For tipped employees it’s $2.13 per hour.

At Randolph-Macon Debate, Brat and Trammell Talk Obamacare

At their final debate last night at Randolph Macon College, Professors Dave Brat and Jack Trammell took very different positions on what should be done to fix the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare. Brat wants to repeal and replace Obamacare immediately. He says it’s raising insurance costs and lowering the quality of healthcare. Trammell says the ACA has met its major goals by expanding health coverage by 8-11 million people and lowered health care inflation to the lowest rate in the modern era.

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