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Wed Jun 12, 2019, 10:32 AM

Lots of surprises but no clear message from Virginia primary

Source: WTOP-TV

On the Democratic side, Senate Minority Leader Dick Saslaw faced his first challenge in four decades and nearly lost to human rights lawyer Yasmine Taeb despite having a massive cash advantage.


In a sign of unease with established Democratic politicians on the local level, two long-tenured northern Virginia prosecutors lost to reform-minded challengers intent on making changes to what they view as a heavy handed criminal justice system. Parisa Dehghani-Tafti defeated incumbent Commonwealth’s Attorney Theo Stamos in Arlington County and Steve Descano unseated incumbent Raymond Morrogh in Fairfax County.


Republican voters in a swing district punished Del. Bob Thomas, who voted for the expansion. They opted instead for a more conservative challenger, Paul Milde, who could make it harder for Republicans to keep their majority in the House.


Republicans were cheering Tuesday’s turnout in key districts. More people voted in the Republican primary than in the Democratic primary in an open Virginia Beach Senate district that could determine the upper chamber’s balance of power.


Read more: https://wtop.com/local-politics-elections-news/2019/06/lots-of-surprises-but-no-clear-message-from-virginia-primary/







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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Wed Jun 12, 2019, 12:15 PM

1. Russian hacking and voter suppression still having an impact.

"More people voted in the Republican primary than in the Democratic primary in an open Virginia Beach Senate district that could determine the upper chamber’s balance of power."

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Response to Farmer-Rick (Reply #1)

Wed Jun 12, 2019, 01:02 PM

2. Do you follow Virginia Beach elections?

The fact that more people voted in the Republican primary than the Democratic primary in a Senate district that was previously held by a Republican isn't that surprising, especially when you consider that the Republican primary was hotly contested between two candidates (separated by around 250 votes), while the Democratic primary was basically no contest, with the winning candidate getting nearly 59 percent of the vote and topping her nearest competitor by over 1700 votes (and besting the third candidate in the race by more than 2500 votes).

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Response to onenote (Reply #2)

Wed Jun 12, 2019, 01:21 PM

3. Never get in the way of a good conspiracy theory...

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