But most Southside voters will now agree, Robert Hurt is a damn sight better than ultra-liberal Democrat Tom Perriello.
Let them now go forth united:
Hurt wins GOP primaryIt was unfortunate (but healthy?) that the Tea Party movement (movements?) found itself wrangling as it did over minor issues and primary candidates, only to see the establishment candidate - Hurt - win.
Will face Periello [sic] in November
By Paul Collins, Martinsville Bulletin Staff Writer
State Sen. Robert Hurt of Chatham won a lopsided victory over six opponents in the 5th Congressional District Republican primary on Tuesday, according to unofficial results with 99 percent of the district’s precincts reporting.
At 8:51 p.m., according to the State Board of Elections website, with 307 of 309 (99.35 percent) of the district’s precincts reporting, Hurt had 17,104 votes, or 48.44 percent; James K. “Jim” McKelvey had 9,124, or 25.84 percent; Mike G. McPadden had 3,440, or 9.74 percent; Kenneth C. Boyd had 2,612, or 7.39 percent; Feda Kidd Morton had 1,639 votes, or 4.64 percent; Laurence Paul Verga had 802 votes, or 2.27 percent; and Ron L. Ferrin had 586 votes, or 1.65 percent.
The voter turnout was 35,307, which was nearly 8.3 percent of the 426,201 active voters and nearly 8 percent of the 442,873 total registered voters.
In Henry County, according to complete but unofficial returns, Hurt received 816 of the 1,255 votes cast (65.0 percent); McKelvey received 322 votes, or nearly 25.7 percent; McPadden received 52 votes, or 4.1 percent; Boyd received 30 votes, or nearly 2.4 percent; Morton received 20 votes, or nearly 1.6 percent; Verga received 10 votes, or less than 1 percent; and Ferrin received 5 votes, or less than 1 percent.
In Martinsville, with all precincts reporting, Hurt received 355 votes, or 68.2 percent of the 520 votes cast. McKelvey was second with 96 votes, or nearly 18.5 percent. Morton had 28 votes, or nearly 5.4 percent; Boyd and McPadden had 15 votes each, or nearly 2.9 percent; Ferrin received 6 votes, or nearly 1.2 percent; and Verga received 5 votes, or nearly 1 percent.
Hurt, a lawyer from Chatham, served in the Virginia House of Delegates from 2002-2007, representing the 16th District, which includes part of Henry County. He was elected to the state Senate in 2007 and began serving in 2008. He now represents the 19th Senatorial District, which includes Danville and Pittsylvania County, as well as Franklin County and part of Campbell County. [link]
But what's done is done. Now it's on to the general election in November, where Perriello - and Pelosi - and Obama - and Reid - will be the targets of voter outrage in the suffering 5th District.
Here's to Robert Hurt. Don't disappoint us, man.
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The quote of the day comes from the loons at the Roanoke Times (believe it or not):
"Do Democrats really expect voters to take them seriously when they criticize a Republican for voting for too many tax increases?"
When did Virginians ever take Democrats seriously anyway?