Sam Rasoul Wins Democratic “Firehouse Primary” to Fill Del. Onzlee Ware’s House of Delegates Seat


    The Roanoke Times report:

    Roanoke-area Democrats nominated Sam Rasoul today in a four-way firehouse primary to run against Republican Octavia Johnson in January’s special election to fill Del. Onzlee Ware’s seat representing the 11th District…At 2,632, turnout was significantly higher than expected…

    The final results:

    Sam Rasoul 846

    Dave Trinkle 802

    Trish White Boyd 522

    Court Rosen 462

    Congratulations to Democratic nominee Sam Rasoul on his victory. Rasoul will now face Republican nominee Octavia Johnson (here’s a photo with her pal Ken Cuccinelli) in the January 7, 2014 special election. FYI, this district is in Roanoke City, and was won overwhelmingly in 2012 by Barack Obama (64%-34%) and Tim Kaine (66%-34%), as well as by Creigh Deeds (56%-44%) in 2009. The seat’s been held since 2004 by Del. Onzlee Ware (D), who is retiring. Of course, the fact that this is an overwhelmingly Democratic district doesn’t guarantee that we’ll win on January 7; that, as always, will depend on who turns out. Still, this is one that Democrats certainly should win.


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