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In Extremely Close Race, Warner Appears Poised to Return to Senate

In a shockingly close election, Mark Warner appears to be poised to return to the Senate, leading his Republican opponent Ed Gillespie by roughly 12,000 votes out of nearly 2.2 million cast and with over 99% of precincts reporting.

Just two months ago, Warner held a nearly 20-point lead over Gillespie. That narrowed significantly in recent weeks, though no one was expecting a margin this close.

Mr. Brat Goes to Washington

Republican Dave Brat, economics professor at Randolph Macon College, will go to Washington as the next Congressman from Virginia’s 7th district, having defeated fellow professor, Democrat Jack Trammell and several months ago doing what many thought was impossible, unseating former U.S. House Majority Leader Eric Cantor.

Brat defeated Trammell by over 20 point margins in two races yesterday, one to begin in January when the rest of the 2015 freshman class is sworn in and one to begin immediately filling the remainder of Cantor’s term during the lame duck session.

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.

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