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Wednesday, November 09, 2011

In Local Races ...

... for the House of Delegates, the GOP, as expected, ran wild.

From the Virginia Board of Elections:

1st District (Lee, Scott, Wise, Norton): Republican Terry Kilgore ran unopposed.

3rd District (Bland, Buchanan, Russell, Tazewell): Republican Will Morefield beat Democrat Vern Presley 59.7% to 40.27%.

4th District (Dickenson, Russell, Washington, Wise): Democrat Joe Johnson ran unopposed.  (Which is odd considering the fact that the Democratic Party has all but disappeared in Southwest Virginia.)

5th District (Grayson, Smyth, Washington, city of Bristol, city of Galax): the candidate blessed with the handiest name recognition in politics, Republican Israel O'Quinn beat Independent Oz Osbourne handily, 69.3% to 30.4%.

6th District (Carroll, Smyth, Wythe): Republican Annie B. Crockett-Stark ran unopposed.

7th District (Floyd, Montgomery, Pulaski): Republican Nick Rush ran unopposed.

8th District (Craig, Montgomery, Roanoke, city of Salem): Republican Greg Habeeb ran unopposed.

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9th District (Franklin, Henry, Patrick): How sweet is this? Republican Charles Poindexter beat Democrat Ward Armstrong handily, 52.7% to 47.1%.  Considering the fact that Armstrong put up the best TV ads of anyone this election cycle, this is a bit surprising.  But with low Democrat turnout, coupled with tepid support from the state Democratic machine, and with the fact that Armstrong thought he could win by focusing on one issue - utility rates - oops -  Poindexter comes out on top.

A big win for the good guys.

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11th District (city of Roanoke): Democrat Onzlee Ware ran unopposed.

12th District (Giles, Montgomery, Pulaski, city of Radford): Republican Joseph Yost beat Democrat Don Lngrehr 51.6% to 48.3%.  What's interesting about this race is the fact that Langrehr, former teacher, darling of the education establishment, and in tight with the liberal wing of the Democratic Party in Blacksburg, took Radford and Montgomery but lost big in Giles and Pulaski.  This one is to savor.

14th District (Henry, Pittsylvania, city of Danville): Republican Danny Marshall ran unopposed.

16th District (Henry, Pittsylvania, city of Martinsville): Republican Don Merricks ran unopposed.

17th District (Botetourt, Roanoke, city of Roanoke): Republican Chris Head beat Democrat Freeda Cathcart 65.6% to 34.3%.

19th District (Alleghany, Botetourt, Bedford, city of Bedford): Independent Lacey Putney (41.6%) beat Republican Jerry Johnson (31.8%) and Democrat Lewis Medlin (26.5%).

In all, the Republican Party - with one exception - won every election in which it put up a candidate in Southwest Virginia.

Not a bad day.  Not a bad showing.