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Virginia Democratic Primary Day: Open Thread

by: lowkell

Tue Jun 11, 2013 at 06:00:00 AM EDT

Today is the Virginia Democratic primary election to choose our nominees for Lieutenant Governor, Attorney General, and several House of Delegates candidates (63rd, 86th, and 90th districts for the Democrats). Polls are open from 6 am to 7 pm. To find your polling place, click here. [UPDATE: Note that there are a few interesting Republican primaries as well for House of Delegates, mostly fueled by right-wing anger about the incumbents' votes for the transportation bill's tax increases...)

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? I'm going to vote this afternoon - for Aneesh Chopra and Mark Herring. Tonight, I plan to live blog the results starting at 7 pm or so.  I'm also planning to listen to the John Fredericks Show - featuring Del. Scott Surovell, Ben Tribbett, and reporter Dave Sherfinski - starting at 6 pm. Should be a fun evening!

UPDATE 1:25 pm: From numbers I've seen in Arlington, I'd say that turnout will be up a bit from 2005. Of course, that's not saying much, but still...better than flat or down! Also, I'm hearing that turnout in Leesburg is significantly up from 2005, and that Loudoun turnout is strong (see here for instance).

UPDATE 1:50 pm: I just heard from a Democratic campaign manager that he thinks turnout will better than 2005, not as good as 2006. Maybe somewhere around 130,000?

UPDATE 3:07 pm: According to the Loudoun Times, "Loudoun County General Registrar Judy Brown, just before 3 p.m., said voter turnout for today's primary elections has generally been low thus far - remaining in the single digits in many precincts." Not sure how that meshes with some of the info I heard earlier this afternoon from Loudoun. At this point, I might just wait for the results and stop even trying to guess...

UPDATE 4:19 pm: NLS predicts record low turnout in the Democratic primary today. That's not what I'm hearing from my sources, but I guess we'll see soon enough. Of course, they could both be right, in that turnout as a percentage of registered voters almost certainly will be the lowest ever, but absolute turnout might not be...

UPDATE 6:03 pm: ‏@frankoanderson tweets, "Latest from Fairfax County: sampling of precincts that reported btwn 3:30-4:30pm shows turnout of 2-3%." Turnout in Fairfax County was 3.1% in 2005.

UPDATE 6:30 pm: @patrickmwilson tweets, "The Portsmouth registrar says 4,667 people had voted as of 3 p.m." In 2005, 4,279 voted in Portsmouth.

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I VOTED!!! (0.00 / 0)
First one at the polls!  Get out and vote, people!  Let's win this thing!

Cool! Where did you vote? (0.00 / 0)
Any other voters there?  Thanks.

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I VOTED!!! (0.00 / 0)
In Fairfax.  We have to go on and win this thing.  It'll be interesting to see the number of votes that Jackson pulls here in the fall.

I used to be a Republican.  In fact, my first job out of undergrad was working for the RNC!

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I just heard that Glebe precinct in Arlington has had (0.00 / 0)
only 1 voter in the past 20 minutes. Pitiful.

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Well... (0.00 / 0)
Shouldn't expect too many voters today.  Not much to vote on.

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A few more reports I've seen on social media (0.00 / 0)
Around 6:50 am: "Fourth person to vote in Fillmore Precinct. Only signs here are two Northam signs. Here's hoping that just means Chopra and Herring have this precinct locked up."

Around 7:20 am: "Just voted at Fairview Precinct. Fairview Dems please get out to vote. Your poll workers are lonely. Only five voters in first hour. We can do better. Please vote."

From McLean: "7:15am and only 8 people had voted so far. Come on people, we need the best Dems to beat the ultra conservative teabaggers on the state wide ticket. Vote for Mark Herring and Aneesh Chopra."

7:45 am: "4 at Seneca Middle in Sterling"

7:49 am: "Number 3 in Brambleton "

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More turnout reports... (0.00 / 0)
...from Ben Tribbett: "At Brookfield precinct in Sully, 2 people have voted at 7:45! 8 in Popes Head precinct in Springfield."

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Waynesboro Virginia (0.00 / 0)
The poll workers have a pool going with no one talking over 200...Only 2 showed up when the polls opened.

One of the Democrats I talked to there asked me who was running; wondered who to vote for.

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Well... (0.00 / 0)
I would say around 150 is probably a good number.  I worked the polls in Arlington County for a long time and you simply don't get people out to vote in primaries.

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I just voted at McLean HS (0.00 / 0)
I was #18 to vote at 8:15am. It'd be great to hear from other parts of the state and see what the turn out is like there.

According to JC Wilmore (0.00 / 0)
8:30 am: "Just voted at Richmond's 607th precinct. As expected, turnout is light. I was the 70th voter this morning."

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JC updated this (0.00 / 0)
"Correction: I was only 17th to vote in Richmond's 607th. Election clerk seems to have pulling my leg. Very, very low turnout."

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Creigh Deeds tweets (0.00 / 0)
around 15 minutes ago: "Number 8 at my lonely precinct today for my friends, Ralph and Mark. Squeeze is filling my truck cab."

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Former Del. Kris Amundspn tweets (0.00 / 0)
at around 8:43 am: "I was number 15 at Woodley precinct. There are plenty of ballots left!"

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There were 60 votes cast at that precinct in 2005 (0.00 / 0)

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Interesting.... (0.00 / 0)
Turnout appears to be really in the precincts referenced above, except for the precinct 607 in central city Richmond.   I checked the State Board of Elections website and Obama carried that precinct with 72% of the vote, but all the other precincts in that ward went by much bigger margins for Obama, 90% or more.  Not sure what this means but this precinct seems to be way over performing when compared to precincts in Arlington and Fairfax referenced above.

And with Democratic primaries in Norfolk, Virginia Beach, Portsmouth, Petersburg, and Roanoke for House of Delegates, sheriff, and commissioner of the revenue, these localities may over perform the statewide turnout.  

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Republican Primary in Virginia Beach (0.00 / 0)
The only Democratic primary election happening in Virginia Beach is for the statewide candidates. There is, however, a Republican primary to select the Republican candidate to run for the retiring Delegate Bob Tata's seat. A very ugly primary actually... Most Republicans are disgusted at the personal attacks the two leading candidates have launched at each other.  

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JC updated that, it should have been 17 not 70 (0.00 / 0)

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they'll be 3 more at woodley in about 10 minutes.... (0.00 / 0)
All for chopra and Fairfax....ha!

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Woodley Precinct update (0.00 / 0)
32 have voted - 24 by paper!

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Eileen Levandoski on her Facebook wall (0.00 / 0)
"Vote for Mark Herring today!

Mark and I go way back to when he served on the Loudoun County Board of Supervisors. I was a staff aide to another Dem Supervisor and we together worked tooth-and-nail to develop and pass a Comprehensive Plan for what was then America's fastest growing county. Mark was the Land Use and Transportation chairman and took on the yeoman's share of crafting a plan that protected all that we love about Loudoun County, its rural character, its mountains, its open spaces, and adapted smart growth policies in the more urban areas of the county. We took so much grief from the property rights folks who badgered us at every moment. Mark remained grace under fire throughout. He doesn't shy away from the things that matter. More recently, he's been a strong out-spoken advocate against uranium mining and continuously rates high with his environmental record. I could go on and on about how great Mark is. I will be so happy and proud to hopefully see him elected our next AG. He will do an outstanding job!"

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A very nice endorsement (0.00 / 0)
You forgot to note that Eileen also said to vote for Ralph Northam.... another great environmentalist.  Just sayin'... :-)

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Del. Mark Keam reports in (0.00 / 0)
"When I voted at 9 a.m. -- three hours into this election day -- I was only the 29th voter at my home precinct of Nottoway, Fairfax County."

Note: Nottoway had 138 votes total in 2005.

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Report from Alexandria (0.00 / 0)
by Gail Gordon Donegan:

"Hubs and I were #35 & 36 at Blessed Sac at 8:15...37-39 were walking in as we left."

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Lovettsville (0.00 / 0)
Ben Tribbett tweets at 9:16 am: "In Lovetsville- 63 R ballots so far for House primary- only 8 D ballots."

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I checked and in 2005, Lovettsville had (0.00 / 0)
50 total votes case for Dems, 283 for Republicans.

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Leslie Byrne reports in from Barcroft (0.00 / 0)
"I was the 25th voter at Barcroft precinct at 9am. Please vote today and give these bored election officials something to do."

There were 244 votes cast there in 2005, 194 of which were for Leslie Byrne.

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Voted! (0.00 / 0)
#10 (one one of the two machines) in Arlington 018. I think that around here more people vote in the evening and most people don't vote in primaries.

Also, just joined the site to post this!!!

That's Park Lane precinct? (0.00 / 0)
In 2005, there were 73 total Dem votes at that precinct.

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Yup, Park Lane. (0.00 / 0)
73 total sounds about right. I wonder, how many R?

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My source is the (0.00 / 0)
State Board of Elections...looks like 53 Republicans voted at Park Lane precinct in 2005.

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Thanks for the link. (0.00 / 0)
Surprised it was so many.

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Virginia Square precinct in Arlington counts: (0.00 / 0)
8:00 - 10 voters
9:00 - 20 voters

No poll workers for any candidate out in front.  

Thanks, very interesting. (0.00 / 0)
In 2005, there were 86 total Dem votes at Virginia Square precinct.

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The 2005 Dem primary, you mean? (0.00 / 0)
That would have been about 4% of the precincts registered voters at that time (2100). With changes in boundaries,  we're up to 3700 RVs this year, which means that we would have to break 150 to make even that low threshold.   I would consider that unlikely.

Hope this means that the general strength of all the candidates meant that many good Democrats were happy to let the chips fall where they may, but will be with us in November.  Really hope that that is the case.  

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Yes, the primary. (0.00 / 0)

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45 voters at around 11:50 am (0.00 / 0)
Looks like it's on track to be similar to 2005 in Virginia Square precinct in Arlington...

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It was very quiet at 9:30 when I voted at this Precinct (0.00 / 0)
...No campaign representatives outside, no other voters in sight.  Not surprising, I suppose, but at least a little disappointing.  At least the process was efficient.  It took me less than 5 minutes from the time I parked my car to the time I pulled away from the curb.

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Low turnout in Roanoke (0.00 / 0)
"Voted at my Roanoke city precinct at 9:30. Only the fourth voter to do so.........dreadfully low turnout here and in other parts of 17th House district."

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Orange County--Lightfoot Elementary (4.00 / 1)
Only voter in the room. Two of the three poll workers there were very grumpy, made me feel like I was trying to borrow money not exercise my right to vote.

Also, first time I've ever used a paper ballot. Scanner thing was pretty cool, and I assume that's a way of preventing vote counting shenanigans.

Chopra and Herring. Like Northam--have  actually given him money in past, but Chopra seems more electable and the stories  I heard about Northam's floundering campaign made me a little nervous. Herring was pretty much a default vote, have no idea who his opponent is. Never seen a single flier or ad from the guy. What a strange campaign . . .

Thanks for the report. (0.00 / 0)

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We prefer to call it (0.00 / 0)
Electronic Recording Paper Ballot...

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I voted absentee (0.00 / 0)
in Fairfax County, but my fiancee voted this morning at our local precinct in Richmond City.

At 7:45 AM at Richmond Precinct 207, 12 people had voted.

Seems mildly better than the NoVA numbers around the same time, but the initial rush had pretty much ended, and poll workers were guessing around 100 for the day. In 2005 that precinct had 138 voters. 269 voters in 2009.

Looks like a bit less than 2005. (0.00 / 0)
So, probably 100k or something like that this year. Pitiful.

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36 ballots at Stratford Landing ES by 9:35 AM. (N/T) (0.00 / 0)

Sorry for assuming too much. That's in Fairfax County. :-/ (0.00 / 0)

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Nelson County (0.00 / 0)
had voted a total of 105 voters as of 10:00 am.  Woo hoo...almost 1% of our registered voters.    

Nelson County Update (0.00 / 0)
169 voters as of Noon.  All precincts now have votes cast.  Our total in 2005 was 240 votes.  Do I dare believe that we might beat that total in 2013?

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Nelson Update #2 (0.00 / 0)
2:00 total in Nelson is 228...14 shy of the 240 we voted in 2005.  

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Oops (0.00 / 0)
bad math...12 short of the 2005 total of 240.

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Nelson Update #3 (0.00 / 0)
Nelson had voted at least 244 voters at 4 o'clock. (One precinct had not reported.) We're up to at least 262 votes if I include the missing precinct's 2 o'clock total...officially ahead of the 2005 vote total.  

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Nelson Results (0.00 / 0)
Northam 156; Chopra 163

Herring 223; Fairfax 93

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Thanks! (0.00 / 0)

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2005 primary results was abysmal... and there was also a (0.00 / 0)
Republican primary for all offices:  Governor, LG and AG.  Ballots cast:
Governor:  175,170
LG:        170,107
AG:        167,804

Dems only had the LG race - 115,379 ballots cast.

I still think it is better than 5,000 people selecting the candidates - but I just don't get the SD and LD that do not vote in the primary then bitch about their choices........


Anyone who fails to vote in this primary (4.00 / 2)
- except for people with a truly legitimate excuse, perhaps, like they're in the hospital - really should never be listened to about anything to do with Virginia politics. I certainly don't want to hear them complain about anything. The fact is, people who don't vote (at the minimum) or get involved in their democracy are the #1 source of all our problems in this country. Because, without their participation, "evil flourishes" of all kinds.

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MV is doing a roll call vote (0.00 / 0)
Lorton Station - 17
Gunston 20
Woodley 32
Lorton 20
Saratoga 28
Laurel HIll 22

Still - it is just crazy low!

I Voted! (0.00 / 0)
I voted at Newgate North (Centreville HS) around 8:30 this morning. I was #6. The poll worker was so glad to see me that he shook my hand!

Ghent Square Precinct in Norfolk (0.00 / 0)
I was number 90. In 2009 about 182 people voted in the Democratic Primary for LG at this precinct.  

I was #6... (0.00 / 0) Rocky Mount South at 7:15 this morning.  

69 voted here in 2009 (0.00 / 0)

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Facebook post from a friend (0.00 / 0)
in Centreville...he was 14th at 11:38 am.  Response to his post that 18 people at voted in Dumfries.

These totals seem to indicate that NoVA turnout going to be really, really low?

In Charlottesville at the center of UVA (0.00 / 0)
only the 16th. Very very low turnout...the pollworkers looked shocked to see me.

Another social media post I came across: (0.00 / 0)
I was the 6th voter at Newbern precinct in Pulaski County today shortly after noon. If you're a Democrat, come out and vote today. There's no line and it takes under two minutes to make your voice heard. You can choose from Aneesh Chopra or Senator Ralph Northam for Lt. Governor, and Mark Herring or Justin E. Fairfax for Attorney General. You have until 7:00 PM to help shape the Democratic ticket on the ballot this November!

Lowell Feld (0.00 / 0)
if this is true
-A number of election officials said they believe many Democrats are crossing party lines to keep incumbent Del. Joe May in office, therefore the Democrat vote in western Loudoun has been low. Campaign volunteers for May's challenger, Dave LaRock, were present at all but precinct 401, which had a May volunteer.
from your Loudoun link above...Dems crossing over to vote in the Republican primary can't be good for Mark?


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With Sherfinsky and Tribbett, the Best Analysis Available (0.00 / 0)
Look forward to an entertaining night.

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Make that Sherfinski (0.00 / 0)
Should not have let Fredericks mislead me.

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Sounds like fun. (0.00 / 0)
By the way, I got an email from your show saying: "Conservative radio talk show host urges Virginia Republicans to back Northam in Democratic primary"

No offense, but shouldn't Democrats do the exact opposite of what you want them to do?!?

Why Virginia Republicans Should Vote For State Senator Ralph Northam In Today's Democratic Primary

By John Fredericks

I am a conservative Republican.

There were no Republican races in my House district in Chesapeake. So my family and I voted in the Democratic primary today.
I voted for State Senator Ralph Northam for Democratic Lieutenant Governor nominee.

This is not "operation chaos" - as Rush Limbaugh once coined it. My objective is not to disrupt the Democratic primary - which is open to all registered voters.

Rather, it represents a sober and mature choice for Republicans to exercise their constitutional right on an important day for all Virginians, regardless of party affiliation or ideology.

My vote for Northam today has no bearing on my ultimate choice in November's general election, nor should it be construed as such.

I believe that Northam is simply a better choice for the Commonwealth than Obama's Aneesh Chopra, an inexperienced candidate who led Obama's cyber-technology team at the White House. Well funded and buttoned-down, Obama's Chopra is too slick for my taste. With Ralph Northam, I know what I'm buying. What I see is what I get.

Northam's got the experience, having served in the very body he could preside over for six years.

The two-term state senator from the Eastern Shore is a noted physician, a successful businessman, a job creator and an entrepreneur. He meets a payroll every week.

Northam has a solid reputation for being approachable and open to dissenting dialogue. And he is not shy about working with legislators on both sides of the aisle to do what he believes is the right thing.

Bottom-line: you can have a meaningful conversation with him, regardless of your political differences.

I look forward to what will surely be a substantive general election debate between Republican LG nominee E.W. Jackson and Northam.

In addition, if Northam is elected Lieutenant Governor of Virginia, his Senate seat - which represents a classic swing district that Bob McDonnell won in 2009 with 57 percent of the vote - would be up for grabs in a special election. Ironically, Republicans could conceivably win the seat back they lost to Northam in 2007 - and wrest control of the Virginia state senate by 21-19 - rendering the incumbent Lieutenant Governor irrelevant to defining Senate committee chairs.

For Republicans and Independents, Ralph Northam is a cogent and superior candidate to Obama's Chopra on the Democratic ticket.

I urge all Republicans and Independents who have nothing going on in their Districts on the GOP side to vote in today's Democratic primary - and vote for Northam for Democratic nominee for Lieutenant Governor.

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Paula Miller Could Carry Northam's District (4.00 / 1)
With a little help from Governor McAuliffe.

The question is whether Ben Loyola would run for the Rs again; or if the Rs come to their senses. A Tea Party candidate like Ben would really boost D chances to hold the seat.

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We'll hold this seat (4.00 / 1)
The Republicans got rid of Paula by redistricting her into a fellow Democratic Delegate's district, and her many supporters are FIRED UP about that. And with Lieutenant Governor Northam, Delegate Lewis, and everyone in Norfolk pushing hard for her,we'll be in good shape.  

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I'm one of her strongest supporters... (4.00 / 1)
and I am still upset about how the redistricting went down... I would love nothing more then to see Northam become LG and Paula win his seat in the Senate.  

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Republicans for Northam (4.00 / 1)
Hate to disappoint Mr. Frederick, but we have very strong Democratic candidates waiting in the wings in the 6th District, and Ralph would never have run if we believed we were in danger of losing this seat. And, I'm sure Mr. Frederick knows that  after redistricting the 6th district is now bluer than it was in 2009. Also I'm sure he knows that in 2009 57% for McDonnell was low, especially in Hampton Roads, which is McDonnell's home turf.

There are definitely a few Republicans voting for Northam in this area because they're truly horrified  by the idea of having EW Jackson in line for Governor, and they believe Jackson would beat Chopra. So instead of wanting to vote for the weaker Democratic candidate this time, they're actually supporting the stronger one. Speaks very poorly of EW, doesn't it?

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No one at Marshall Precinct in Arlington at 1:30 p.m. (0.00 / 0)
As usual, in off years and primaries, I was the only one voting at the Marshall Precinct (at the Taylor School) in Arlington at 1:30 p.m. today.  They told me that only about 140 people had voted by then.  

That's up from 2005, actually. (0.00 / 0)
In 2005, only 141 Dems voted at Marshall precinct the entire day, and you're saying 140 had voted by 1:30 pm this year? That's consistent with what I'm hearing from Arlington, that turnout is up from 2005.

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Waynesboro at 2:30 (4.00 / 1)
Visited 2 of the 4 precincts. One had 36, the other 37.

123 voted citywide in 2005. So on track to beat that, handily.  And will be very near the total of 254 from 2006.  

At the Ballston Precinct (0.00 / 0)
in Arlington around 12:30 I was the 55th person to vote. A small delay at the poll because my VA ID address did not match my voting address (I recently moved to the area). Voted after showing a second form.

I am hearing that people in Norfolk, where my family votes, are coming out strong to vote against Sharon McDonald for commissioner of revenue. She has a rocky past to say the least.

Not sure if this has any effect on the AG or LG races.    

Heritage Hunt precinct 407 as of 1:30 P.M..... (0.00 / 0)
119 had voted at the Gainesville HH precinct (my precinct) as of 1:30 P.M. This precinct (which is roughly 40% R/R-leaning) has about 3, 000 registered voters. This is a retirement (55 and older) community so as those who still work and those just coming off the golf course by 4 or 5 P.M., at this rate it appears possible that we could see a 5-6% turnout rate. HH precinct had almost a 90% turnout in the 2012 election cycle, with Obama coming close to a win here.

I also checked the Mullen precinct, which is a D-performing precinct at 1:50 P.M. and they reported only 13 having voted at that time. One of the election officials at Mullen told me the Sinclair precinct (also D-performing) was "way down" with only 9 having voted as of about noon.


Alexandria (0.00 / 0)
Ben Tribbett wrote, "Just voted #103 at my precinct in Alexandria at 2:30. Supported Mark Herring, and held my nose to vote for Aneesh Chopra."

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C-ville (0.00 / 0)
Lloyd Snook responded on Ben's Facebook wall:
Charlottesville is having what seems, from state-wide data, to be a decent turnout. Heading for north of 5%. But then, we have two constitutional officers being contested, and 5 candidates for 2 seats on City Council. Lots more interest in the local races than in the statewide races.

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Lloyd added, "Could go north of 10%." (0.00 / 0)

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First Voter (0.00 / 0)
In a very Republican precinct in Botetourt County, I was the first voter to vote (at 12:45p.m.). My husband was #2. Ridiculous. We might as well have a convention if turnout is just 1-2%.

Oh, Please No Convention (4.00 / 1)
Never, ever.

Prevent political hijacking.  

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could not disagree more (0.00 / 0)
how could that even be an option after the display the republicans put on at their convention this year?

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Not a lot of Dems in Botetourt (0.00 / 0)
Using small rural counties as a proxy for the Democratic areas in Virginia is always a bad idea.  I think that turnout in NoVA and Tidewater will be pretty good today.

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Yes (0.00 / 0)
I have always said that this primary will be decided in NoVA and Hampton Roads. That said, there is no excuse for such a low turnout in Botetourt.

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Taylor Elementary School Precinct in Norfolk (0.00 / 0)
at 3:30, 284 people had voted.. Not surprising, very strong dem area.  

This guy is who we'll be up against soon....can't even spell (4.00 / 1)
"Ten Commandments." Ee gads. By the way, it's hilarious that BuzzFeed thinks it has a scoop on this, when a bunch of Virginia political observers were joking about this on Facebook days ago. But nice catch BuzzFeed, we're glad you're on top of things. :)

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Decent turnout in Portsmouth (0.00 / 0)
just spent some time trying to get people out to Precinct 34 in Portsmouth where turnout has been moderate. Looks good for Northam here!

Do people think Northam might be more electable than Chopra? (0.00 / 0)
I know most people here are for Chopra, but I'm imagining a hypothetical non-crazy Republican who doesn't want to vote for the looneybin LG candidate. Do folks think there's any chance such a person might be turned off by Chopra's ties to Obama but willing to vote for Northam in November?

Lunenburg County in Southside (0.00 / 0)
Voter number 3 of 900 registered at noon, Brown's Store 201

Norfolk/Porstmouth/Hampton Roads..... (0.00 / 0)
area appear to be having the best turnout statewide, although there seems to be very little info regarding turnout from the Richmond area.  This would appear to benefit Northam and Fairfax, with Herring appearing to be quite weak in this part of the state.  Additional races for House of Delegates, sheriff, commissioner of the revenue etc., appear to be pumping up turnout in Hampton Roads.

Turnout appears to be lackluster in NOVA, with Loudon in particular having weak turnout, which would obviously hurt Herring.

Fairfax's decision to pup resources into Hampton Roads, if he wins, will turn out to have  been a wise decision.  

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