Jeff Schapiro analyzes Mark Warner's close re-election to the Senate, what to expect from new House members, and Virginia legislators' one-day session to deal with unfinished business. (Digital delay may result in a few seconds of surrounding program being heard.)
Jeff Schapiro has a special morning-after analysis of the Virginia election results.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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%.