The following results are courtesy of the Virginia Senate Democratic caucus held earlier today in the 33rd district (the one Mark Herring currently represents, and which he will be vacating presuming a recount confirms that he’s won the Attorney General’s race, as we all hope and expect). Congratulations to Jennifer Wexton, who is now the Democratic nominee to succeed Herring in the State Senate, presuming she wins the special election, whenever that’s held. Also worth noting is that turnout was abysmally low for this caucus, at just 1,154 votes. That compares to last Saturday’s Democratic caucus for Ralph Northam’s seat in the 6th district, which had turnout of 4,879 voters. I’m not sure what the miniscule turnout for this caucus means exactly, but it’s a bit worrisome if you ask me. Also…seriously? Just 1,154 votes cast to select a nominee for State Senate? In a district which has 110,000 registered voters, and which saw 14,061 votes for Mark Herring in the 2011 State Senate election? Hmmmm. I also don’t fully understand the big rush to hold this caucus, which meant almost no coverage by anyone – blogs, newspapers, etc. – and no time for either candidate to campaign. The whole thing’s kinda odd if you ask me.
Jennifer Wexton received more votes than Sheila Olem – 729-433.
We would like to congratulate both candidates for running an energetic and positive campaign, especially since they were given less than week to campaign.
Polling Place Totals:
Cascades (Loudoun County) – 392 Total Votes Olem 108 (28%) Wexton 283 (72%)
Leesburg (Loudoun County) – 415 Total Votes Olem 84 (20%) Wexton 331 (80%)
Herndon (Fairfax County) – 356 Total Votes Olem 241 (68%) Wexton 115 (32%)
Fairfax County – Olem 68% Wexton 32%
Loudoun County – Olem – 24% Wexton – 76%