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Virginia 2015 Primary Election Results: Live Blog


It’s 7 pm, and polls in Virginia are now closed. Which races are you watching? The Top 11 Virginia Primaries I’ll Be Following Most Closely on June 9 include Senate districts 10, 11, 12, 16 and 29; House districts 28, 45 and 79; the Mt. Vernon Supervisor’s race; the Arlington County Board race; and the Alexandria Mayoral primary. As usual, results will be available at VPAP and the State Board of Elections website (assuming they don’t crash, of course!).

UPDATE 9:08 pm: ‏@PotomacLocal reports, “@JeremyMcPike takes Va. 29th Senate district, beats opponents @michaelfutrell and @QarniForSenate.” Not going to pretend otherwise, this one stings.

UPDATE 8:57 pm: Congratulations to Mason District Supervisor Penny Gross on her reelection.

UPDATE 8:53 pm: With 40 of 48 precincts reporting in the 29th State Senate district, it’s Jeremy McPike 1,150-Atif Qarni 1,019-Michael Futrell 481. Not looking great right now for my friend Atif.

UPDATE 8:48 pm: With all precincts reporting in the 45th, the final results are Mark Levine 27.81%-Craig Fifer 24.34%-Julie Jakopic 23.29%-Clarence Tong 17.31%-Larry Altenburg 7.26%. So much for the power of endorsements, huh? Also, Del. @marcussimon tweets, “Congratulations @MarkLevineTalk – the Jewish Caucus in the Va HOD grows 50%.”

UPDATE 8:43 pm: With 28 of 48 precincts reporting in the 29th State Senate district Dem primary, it’s Jeremy McPike 862-Atif Qarni 818-Michael Futrell 315.

UPDATE 8:41 pm: @charliejackson1 tweets, “Great night 4 @maLiUNA @CASAenAccion @32BJ_SEIU @SEIUVA512 @UFCW400 who supported @kcristol @Arl_CDorsey @SteveHeretick @RosalynDance.” I agree, huge win for this coalition, which didn’t just donate money but also door knockers, phone bankers, etc. Invaluable!

UPDATE 8:40 pm: @amaxsmith tweets, “BULLETIN (AP) – Christopher Collins, GOP, nominated House of Delegates, District 29, #Virginia. (Defeats Del. Berg).” Good riddance to Berg, who I’ve been told by many people is a total rightwing nutjob.

UPDATE 8:30 pm: The top three finishers (and winners) for Charlottesville City Council are Wesley Bellamy, former LG candidate Mike Signer and Kathleen Galvin.

UPDATE 8:28 pm: With 28 of 28 precincts reporting in Alexandria, it’s Allison Silberberg 5,044-Bill Euille 4,732-Kerry Donley 3,660. Huge upset there!

UPDATE 8:27 pm: @MSchmidtRTD tweets, “BREAKING: Tea party favorite Amanda Chase ends Steve Martin’s 21-year run in #SD11.” Good riddance to a bigoted nutjob, although Chase is also a far-right Republican so not much improvement there. Blech.

UPDATE 8:26 pm: ‏@amaxsmith tweets, “BULLETIN (AP) – Mark Levine, Dem, nominated House of Delegates, District 45, #Virginia.” Congratulations to Mark, a great guy who will be a strong, progressive delegate!

UPDATE 8:24 pm: The final result in the 10th State Senate district Dem primary was Dan Gecker 46.5%-Emily Francis 34.3%-Alex McMurtrie 19.2%. Big win for Gov. McAuliffe, who strongly backed Gecker, in that one.

UPDATE 8:22 pm: With 19 of 24 precincts reporting in the 45th, Levine still leads, with 2,352 votes to 2,093 for Craig Fifer and 1,985 for Julie Jakopic. Wow.

UPDATE 8:16 pm: With 17 of 24 precincts reporting in the 45th, it’s now Levine 2,128-Fifer 1,952-Jakopic 1,838-Tong 1,334-Altenburg 614. Looking like Levine might win this, but Fifer and Jakopic still have a chance. Congratulations to Lashrecse Aird, the next delegate from the 63rd House district, who is winning by a wide margin.

UPDATE 8:15 pm: Congratulations to Paul Krizek, who is winning with over 68% of the vote in the 44th House of Delegates district Democratic primary. Paul’s going to make a superb delegate!

UPDATE 8:14 pm:  ‏@JulieCareyNBC tweets, “Smiles for #AlexandriaVA Dem Mayoral primary leader Allison Silberberg. 3 precincts still out.” And @amaxsmith tweets, “#Alexandria: Just one precinct (plus absentees) left: Silberberg 37.4%, Euille 35.9 %, Donley 26.7%. Less than 200 vote gap for D for Mayor.”

UPDATE 8:09 pm: Dave Wasserman (@Redistrict) tweets ,”Ready to call other open Arlington nod to Christian Dorsey (D), who leads Peter Fallon (D) 3,582 to 3,334. Cristol (D) still 1st at 3,695.” Wow, not what I expected at all! Also, it’s looking like Siobhan Dunnavant will win the 12th Senate District GOP primary over Bill Janis.

UPDATE 8:07 pm: With 15 of 48 precincts reporting in the 29th State Senate District Dem primary, it’s neck and neck between Jeremy McPike (604) and Atif Qarni (587), with Michael Futrell trailing far behind (141).

UPDATE 8:06 pm: @AlexTimesNews tweets, “Two more precincts reporting, now 22/28 (78.57). Silberberg now leads by just eight votes over Euille – 0.09 percent.” Wow.

UPDATE 8:03 pm: Reporter Max Smith tweets, “#Alexandria Dem Mayor’s race coming down to single votes: Silberberg and Euille close at 36.5%, Donley 27%.”

UPDATE 8:01 pm: RTD reporter Andrew Cain tweets, “Challenger Steve Heretick unseats Del. Johnny Joannou, D-Portsmouth, in House District 79, AP reports.” Great news, good riddance to Joannou! 🙂 Much worse news: “Dan Gecker wins Democratic primary to run for seat of retiring Sen. John Watkins, R-Powhatan, AP says.” Also “Sen. Rosalyn Dance, D-Petersburg and Del. Betsy Carr, D-Richmond defeat primary challengers, per AP.”

UPDATE 8:00 pm: Dave Wasserman tweets, “Ready to call one of the two Arlington seats for newcomer Katie Cristol (D), in 1st place at 3,420. Dorsey in 2nd with 3,323. Fallon 3,185.”

UPDATE 7:57 pm: According to Ben “Not Larry Sabato” Tribbett, with 2 precincts left to count in the Mt. Vernon district supervisor race, it looks like Dan Storck is going to win, as he leads 2448-2102 over Tim Sargeant.

UPDATE 7:53 pm: With 5 of 18 precincts reporting in the 79th HoD Dem primary, it’s real Democrat Steve Heretick over Tea Party-backed “Democrat” Johnny Joannou 343-124 votes. Still a ways to go in that one, but looking good so far!  Also, with 7 of 18 precincts reporting in the 44th HoD Dem primary, it’s Paul Krizek 71%-Justin Brown 29%.

UPDATE 7:48 pm: With 6 of 24 precincts reporting in the 45th House district Dem primary, it’s Levine 846-Fifer 747-Jakopic 727-Tong 509-Altenburg 270. Could Mark Levine win this thing, even though Fifer and Jakopic got almost all the endorsements? Stay tuned! Also, with 14 of 28 precincts reporting, Mayor Bill Euille (41%) had the edge over Allison Silberberg (33%) and Kerry Donley (26%).

UPDATE 7:45 pm: With 42 of 68 precincts reporting in the 10th Senate district Dem primary, it’s Gecker 3,592-Francis 2,494. Not looking good for Francis or her supporters (myself included). Sigh.

UPDATE 7:43 pm: Dave Wasserman tweets, “More Arlington reporting: Cristol (D) 2,646, Dorsey (D) 2,627, Fallon (D) 2,597, Schneider (D) 2,433. Wow, extremely close for 2 seats.”

UPDATE 7:42 pm: RTD reporter Markus Schmidt tweets, “BREAKING: Howell wins in #HD28; Brat-style challenge from Stimpson falls flat.” I’m not surprised at all. Also, “In #VA74, Bagby is on an early path to a landslide with 83/16 Young.” Not surprising either.

UPDATE 7:40 pm: Reporter Max Smith tweets, “BULLETIN (AP) _ Rosalyn Dance, Dem, nominated State Senate, District 16, Virginia.” Also, “Really close in #Arlington Dems for 2 County Board seats: Fallon 2369, Cristol 2368, Dorsey 2338, Schneider 2198,  Lander 1585, Wiljanen 414.” And “Penny Gross leads Swanson 862-414 in early going, Sargeant leads Storck 661-467 w/Bennett & Dobbyn trailing.” And “In Winchester/Front Royal and west: Del. Berg trails Collins 650-503 with 40% of precincts in.”

UPDATE 7:39 pm: Dave Wasserman tweets, “2/3 of Arlington in: Fallon (D) 2,369, Cristol (D) 2,368, Dorsey (D) 2,338. 31 votes separate 1st & 3rd. Schneider’s home precinct still out.”

UPDATE 7:27 pm: With 2 of 24 precincts reporting in the 45th HoD Dem primary, it’s Jakopic 321-Levine 318-Fifer 276-Tong 218-Altenburg 163. With 10 of 23 precincts reporting in the 28th HoD GOP primary, it’s House Speaker Bill Howell 2,295-Susan Stimpson 1,363. That one looks good for Howell.

UPDATE 7:18 pm: According to the Chesterfield County Registrar, with 19 of 24 10th Senate district precincts reporting, it’s Dan Gecker 2,096-Emily Francis 889-Alex McMurtrie 729. In the 11th Senate district Republican primary, it’s Amanda Chase 3,641-Steve Martin 2,823-Barry Moore 2,100 with 34 of 41 precincts reporting. In the 16th Senate district Democratic primary, it’s Rosalyn Dance 885-Joseph Preston 466 with 7 of 11 precincts reporting. And in the 63rd House district Democratic primary, it’s Lashrecse Aird 310-Larry Brown 160-Gerry Rawlinson 155-Atiba Muse 117.

  • Johnny Longtorso

    He only won Portsmouth by 28 votes: http://www.portsmouthva.gov/re

    …whereas Heretick won Norfolk by 219 votes.

  • Another Scott

    Scott Surovell seems to be a kingmaker around here.  😉

    Toddy Puller endorsed Sargeant and Surovell endorsed Storck.  I wrote him an e-mail and asked him to elaborate on why he picked Storck.  He wrote back and made a compelling case for Dan.  Dan got my vote based on that.

    Here’s hoping our candidates do well in the fall and going forward.



  • DCCyclone

    He’s the only elected official out of the three.

    And meanwhile I never would’ve guessed McPike leading at this stage of the vote count.

    My guess would’ve been McPike would be the one bringing up a distant third, with Futtrell leading and Qarni a respectable second.

    Not done yet, but really I wanted either Qarni or Futrell in this one, and right now only Qarni looks viable to still have a chance.

  • From the Virginia House Democratic caucus:

    Primaries were held in districts 44, 45, 63, 69, 74, and 79.

    Richmond, VA – Democratic primaries were held across several districts today to select nominees for the House of Delegates in November.  We are excited to congratulate several who we look forward to being new members to our caucus as well as our current members who have won our party’s nomination, once again.

    The winners are as follows:

    District 44: Paul Krizek

    District 45: Mark Levine

    District 63: Lashrecse Aird

    District 69: Delegate Betsy Carr

    District 74: Lamont Bagby

    District 79: Steve Heretick

    “Democratic primaries offer our party a chance to select the future leaders of our party and the Commonwealth,” said Democratic Leader David J. Toscano.  “All of the winners tonight represent the best and brightest of their regions and we know they will all strengthen our caucus.”

    “While we will certainly miss Delegates Krupicka, Surovell, and Preston,  we know that Paul Krizek, Mark Levine, and Lashrecse Aird will be excellent standard bearers for our party in November and I look forward to working with them to help deliver results for our new Virginia economy and families across the Commonwealth, said Caucus Chair Charniele Herring.”

    “I would like to congratulate Delegates Betsy Carr on her victory tonight,” said Democratic Leader David J. Toscano.  “I would also like to congratulate Steve Heretick on his victory tonight. We look forward to working with him to move our progressive values forward.”

    “We would be remiss if we did not also congratulate Lamont Bagby on winning the nomination in House District 74,” said Caucus Chair Charniele Herring.  “Lamont Bagby will be a great Delegate and we look forward to him taking back the seat for the Democratic Party.”

  • DCCyclone

    …unhappy Swanson lost, though she performed very respectably in her challenge.

  • alexdemprim

    Not specifically that Silberberg would win the nomination (a result that doesn’t totally enthrall me), but a year ago – after Euille embarrassed himself in the 8th District primary – I did point out that:

    “Euille looks weak. … Previously he’s faced only token or flawed opponents for the mayorship.  I think he’s seriously at risk if a serious opponent (Fannon?) steps up to the plate.”

  • alexdemprim

    In regard to Craig Fifer – and his failure to turn endorsements into votes: I can’t help but note that the list of endorsements on his website included David Englin.  Was that supposed to be HELPFUL?  Really, why would you even consider seeking – much less publicizing – the support of the philanderer who fled to California?

  • Katie Cristol and Christian Dorsey win Democratic Primary for Arlington County Board;  Unity Event with All Candidates on June 10th

    Arlington, VA – Katie Cristol and Christian Dorsey have won the Democratic Party primary, becoming the Arlington County Democratic Committee’s (ACDC) nominees for the November election for Arlington County Board.

    Katie Cristol won 4,476 (22.5%) of the 19,932 votes cast for County Board candidates, and Christian Dorsey won 4,420 (22.2%).  Votes cast for other candidates were:  Peter Fallon, 4,007 (20.1%); Andrew Schneider, 3,536 (17.7%); James Lander; 2,806 (14%); and Bruce Wiljanen 687 (3.4%).  The total number of voters was 10,857; voters could vote for two candidates.

    Kip Malinosky, Chair of ACDC said, “Katie Cristol has a passion for engaging a new generation in local government, and Christian Dorsey is committed to revitalizing small businesses, and both are dedicated to excellence in our schools and improving housing affordability. We are thrilled to have these two outstanding nominees represent our progressive values and Democratic party in Arlington.”

    Katie Cristol said:  “I’m honored to earn the support and nomination of Arlington County Democrats, and extend my thanks to the party, my tireless team of supporters, and all who participated in today’s election and cast their ballots for Arlington’s future. It’s been a pleasure to campaign alongside Christian, Peter, James, Andrew and Bruce. We are looking forward to November.”

Katie is a policy professional and community advocate for women, families and students, running to bring new perspectives and renewed energy to the Arlington community. 

    She is an appointed member of the Arlington Commission on the Status of Women; as the Commission’s Research and Investigation Chair, she led the development of a major research report on the issues affecting women and girls in the Arlington community. As an education policy consultant, Katie works with schools and advocacy groups across the county seeking to improve academic and life outcomes for students. She also serves on the Arlington Public Schools Advisory Council on Instruction, and is a longtime volunteer at Randolph Elementary School in South Arlington.

    Christian Dorsey said:  “I am grateful to the voters for placing their trust in me to serve as a Democratic nominee for County Board. I congratulate Katie Cristol on her nomination and look forward to a general election campaign where we offer a vision for Arlington that will overcome our challenges and lead to an even brighter future.”

    Christian has spent substantial periods of his career working to improve our Arlington community. He had the privilege of serving as executive director of The Reading Connection, promoting literacy development for children facing housing insecurity. He also led the Bonder and Amanda Johnson Community Development Corporation, which provided essential community services and jump-started a moderate-income housing development in the Nauck neighborhood.

    Christian has had the privilege of serving Arlington community as a volunteer, including serving on the boards of directors of the Arlington Free Clinic, A-SPAN, Leadership Arlington, and Arlington Independent Media, chairing the Committee of 100, and serving on County Board advisory commissions (Tenant-Landlord, chairman; Planning, member). He is a senior executive at the Economic Policy Institute.

    On Wednesday, June 10 at 7pm, ACDC hosts a Democratic Unity Event with all six County Board candidates and their supporters to officially endorse the two winning nominees.

  • Following the results of the June 9th Primary election, the Democratic Party stands united behind the candidates Virginia voters have chosen. Democratic Party of Virginia Chairwoman Susan Swecker issued a statement affirming her support heading into the November general election:

    “Across the Commonwealth, Virginians turned out for the Democratic platform of good jobs, investing in our infrastructure and creating opportunity for all. Running for office is no easy task, and on behalf of the Democratic Party of Virginia I thank each candidate who answered the call to public service. I appreciate the healthy discussions about our priorities – keeping our communities safe, providing quality healthcare to hundreds of thousands of Virginians, and protecting the air we breathe and water we drink.

    Unfortunately, tonight we also saw Republicans once again play to their extreme right wing. While Republican primaries were a debate over how to send the Commonwealth backwards, Democratic candidates head into the general election with energy and a strong message aligned with Virginia values. I look forward to their success in November.”

  • Following the results of the June 9th Primary, Governor McAuliffe issued a statement affirming his support for the Democratic victors heading into the November general election:

    “I congratulate the outstanding Virginia Democrats who won primary elections tonight. I look forward to joining grassroots supporters from across the Commonwealth to get these leaders elected so they can work with me in Richmond to create jobs, strengthen the middle class and build a new Virginia economy.”

  • amber waves


  • amber waves

    throughout the state and on both sides of the aisle.