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“This Is What Democracy Looks Like”: Big Turnout for HD86 Democratic Nominating Caucus [UPDATE: Ibrahim Samirah Declares Victory]

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UPDATE 9:15 pm: Here are the final results – Samirah 733, Annan 615, O’Reilly 503, Thompson 196.

UPDATE 8:30 pm: See below for video of Ibraheem Samirah declaring victory.

UPDATE 6:40 pm:  Still no results, but FCDC Chair Dan Lagana posted, “HUGE turnout in the firehouse primary to fill the vacancy in 86th House District left by now Senator Jennifer Barton Boysko. This is the final cascade from Jennifer Wexton’s election to the 10th Congressional District. Thus far 2053 ballots have been cast, but that will increase once provisional ballots are counted. For perspective, 2644 voted in the firehouse primary to fill SD33.” Kofi Annan posts on Facebook, “Still counting votes believe it or not…the turnout was amazing.”

UPDATE 4:14 pm: Polls are closed, but I hear 100 or so still in line as of a few minutes ago…looks like over 2,000 votes for sure in this one.

UPDATE 3:36 pm: I just heard that Speaker Cox has set the date for the HD86 special election for February 19. Given that adjournment sine die is set for February 23, that basically means that HD86 won’t have a delegate for the vast majority of this session. Not cool at all.

UPDATE 3:19 pm: I’m told that it’s very possible that turnout today will EXCEED turnout for the SD33 Democratic caucus back in November. That’s impressive, given that a State Senate district is 2 1/2 times larger than a House of Delegates district!

UPDATE 2:15 pm: I was just told that Dranesville’s polling location has now passed 1,000 voters. Impressive!

See below for a photo and comment by Morris Meyer, who is helping run the HD86 caucus at Dranesville Elementary School today. Don’t be deterred by the lines – make sure you vote, as whoever wins the Democratic nomination will almost certainly be the next delegate from this district…possibly for years to come! (note: for more background on the candidates, see Video: HD86 Democrats Debate; Nominating Caucus TOMORROW (Saturday) in Herndon, Chantilly, Op-Ed: Mike O’Reilly, the Right Choice for the 86th District, Charlotte McConnell: I Will Be Voting for Kofi Annan on January 12th in HD86, Op-Ed: Chad Thompson, The Right Choice for the 86th From a Herndonian’s Perspective, etc.

P.S. Let’s see if this caucus can match the turnout of around 2,500 for the Senate District 33 caucus back in November. Note that a State Senate district is 2 1/2 times larger than a House of Delegates district, so that would be VERY impressive.

“This is what democracy looks like. HD86 Democratic caucus at Dranesville Elementary School. Voting until 4pm.”

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