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Virginia Special Elections Day: Open Thread


Today is special elections day in Virginia (polls are open from 6 am to 7 pm; vote at your regular polling location), including elections in Senate District 38 to replace former Senator Phil Puckett (candidates: Democrat Mike Hymes, Independent Rick Mullins, Republican Ben Chafin); House District 48 to replace former Delegate Bob Brink (candidates: Democrat Rip Sullivan vs. Republican Dave Foster); and House District 90 to replace former Delegate Algie Howell (candidates: Democrat Joe Lindsey vs. Republican Marcus Calabrese).

So…what are you seeing and hearing out there? What’s turnout like in your neck of the woods? Who did you vote for and why? Feel free to add your observations in the comments section.

P.S. I’m guessing turnout of around 7,000 voters in the 48th district today. Just for comparison purposes, in the June 2009 Democratic primary for the 47th district, turnout was 8,051 (out of 55,613 active voters). Turnout in the 48th district in November 2013 was 23,350.

UPDATE 8:29 am: I hear that faux “moderate” Republican Dave Foster has a robocall out asking voters if they are “pro-life” (e.g., against a woman’s right to choose). If the voter answers “yes,” the call then says make sure you vote for Dave Foster today. Why on earth would the overwhelmingly pro-choice 48th district elect someone with Foster’s views to the House of Delegates?

  • BatCave

    is smart politics in a low turnout election.

    The 48th house district is Democratic, but Romney won 37% of the vote in 2012, Allen won 35% in 2012, and Obenshain won 31% in 2013, so the vase GOP vote in this district.  So if Foster can find Prolife voters on election day and turn them out, many of whom could be receptive to this message, Foster could make this a race.  

    If I were a republican and running in this type of district,in a low turnout race, it is the exact strategy I would use – find an issue that my base is totally on board with and try to turn them out in disproportionate numbers on election day to win the race.  

  • pvogel

    Dotting the ts  and crossing the  I’s    is   what  needs  to be done election day

  • (of course, that district voted overwhelmingly for EW Jackson over Ralph Northam last November, so who knows…)

  • My interns and I visited all eight precincts of the 48th District in Fairfax County.  Every location was fully staffed.

    Volunteers reported that they were giving out all of their Warner & Beyer signs and stickers, which shows great enthusiasm for November!

  • Mallsus2

    There is a similar Robo call proclaiming to be from Rick Mullins  campaign. When Mullins found out about it he immediately put out a statement condemning it as a hindrance to both his and Hymes campaigns.