It’s 7 pm, and polls in Virginia are now closed. Which races are you watching? I’m obviously most curious about the 8th CD Democratic primary results, but I’m also a bit curious about the Cantor-Brat Republican primary in the 7th CD, which I’m presuming Cantor will win easily. As usual, result will be available at VPAP and the State Board of Elections website.
UPDATE 8:50 pm: @RTDNolan tweets, “Dave Brat on victory over @GOPLeader Eric Cantor: ‘Unbelievable. It’s a miracle.'” You can say that again! LOL. Also, @ryanobles tweets, “My sense from a number of well placed Republicans is that @EricCantor will not mount a write-in campaign.”
UPDATE 8:36 pm: 7th CD Democratic nominee Jack Trammell’s Facebook page is here. Yesterday, he wrote, “We kicked off our campaign today after receiving a unanimous nomination from the 7th District Committee. I want to thank all of those who supported my nomination and endorsed me as a candidate. We are excited about the next few months on the campaign trail.”
UPDATE 8:34 pm: @ryanobles tweets about Eric Cantor, “This doesn’t sound like a speech of a write in candidate.”
UPDATE 8:27 pm: Looks like Beyer will win about as expected, with around 45% of the vote, vs. upper teens for Hope, mid-teens for Ebbin, single digits for everyone else. The only question I had prior to today was whether Beyer would break 50%, and I guess that’s still possible with more of Fairfax, where Beyer’s strong, to report…
UPDATE 8:19 pm: Just for the record, it’s now Brat 33,614 (55.47%) and Cantor 26,987 (44.53%) with 91% of precincts reporting in the 7th CD. I think I’m going to be in shock for days. @EdWGillespie tweets, “Congrats to @DaveBratVA7th on tonight’s win. Looking forward to a winning ticket in November!”
UPDATE 8:17 pm: @Levine4Congress tweets, “Just called @DonBeyerVA to congratulate him on his great victory tonight. Looking forward to working with him as my next Congressman.”
UPDATE 8:13 pm: The 7th CD Democratic nominee is Randolph-Macon College Assistant Professor and Director of Disability Support Services Jack Trammell. “Trammell is the author of The Richmond Slave Trade: The Economic Backbone of The Old Dominion, the 2010 Anthology of Appalachian Writers, Silas House Volume II and Down on the Chickahominy: The Life and Times of a Vanishing Virginia River. In 2009 he won the Virginia Writer’s Club award for non-fiction for his Reflections of a Southern Gentleman Farmer, a collection of vignettes about life with his wife and children on his small farm in Louisa County.”
UPDATE 8:11 pm: Jim Moran says; “Don ran a tremendous campaign. He distinguished himself with a deep knowledge of foreign policy, a steadfast commitment to addressing global climate change, support for common sense gun laws, and consistently strong progressive values,” said. Rep. Moran. ‘He’s the leader Northern Virginia needs in Congress. I’ll be proud to be his constituent.'”
UPDATE 8:06 pm: Adam Ebbin just tweeted, “Just got off the phone with @DonBeyerVA & congratulated him on his victory. Thank you to all of my supporters for making this a great race.”
UPDATE 8:00 pm : According to @DKElections, “Cantor outspent Brat $993k to $76k in last seven weeks. Not a typo.” Wow. Oh, and with 78% of votes counted in the 7th CD, its now Brat 29,699 (56.24%)-Cantor 23,109 (43.76%). So, apparently it wasn’t just Democrats who think Cantor’s one of the slimiest, phoniest, most godawful members of Congress (and that’s saying a lot!). @chelyendavis tweets, “Holy … wow. @AP calling it for @DaveBratVA7th over incumbent @EricCantor”
UPDATE 7:56 pm: Politico writer @JakeSherman tweets, “LIVE FROM CANTOR HQ: The Cantor team appears to have shut off the projector screen showing the primary tally.” Hahahahahahahaha. 🙂
UPDATE 7:54 pm: Virginia Tea Party leader Jamie Radtke writes: “goodbye to the Majority Leader. The grassroots have spoken. They wanted to send a strong message to Washington DC and they just did. Oh, by the way…the tea party is alive and well!”
UPDATE 7:52 pm: @ryanobles tweets, “It is inevitable.. I think we can safely say that @EricCantor will lose the GOP primary to @DaveBratVA7th.” I need to find out more about John “Jack” Trammell,” the Dem candidate, fast!
UPDATE 7:45 pm: Daily Beast reporter @Bencjacobs tweets, “Cantor’s loss tonight may be the biggest upset in US politics since Dewey-Truman.” Seriously, I’m in absolute shock. So much for the death of the Tea Party?!?
UPDATE 7:43 pm: Dave Wasserman just tweeted, “I’ve seen enough, it’s over. Sitting Majority Leader of the House, Rep. Eric Cantor (R), has lost his primary to Prof. Dave Brat (R).” WOW – HUGE! Also, @HopeforVirginia tweets, “I just called @DonBeyerVA to congratulate him on his victory tonight. Congratulations and I look forward to voting for him in November.” As expected, Beyer easily wins the 8th CD. Now, the race for second place…
UPDATE 7:35 pm: With 36 of 163 precincts reporting in the 8th CD, it’s now Beyer 45.4%-Hope 22.1%-Ebbin 13.2%-Euille 7.4%-Levine 6.0%-Chatman 4.1%. In the 7th CD, with 149 of 243 precincts reporting, it’s Brat 24,100 (57.84%)-Cantor 17,564 (42.16%). Uhhhhhh…holy crap?
UPDATE 7:32 pm: With 22 of 163 precincts reporting in the 8th CD, it’s now Beyer 42.9%, Hope 24.3%, Ebbin 14.3%, Euille 6.5%, Levine 5.9%, Chatman 4.5%, Hyra 1.0%. In Arlington right now it’s Beyer 1,640 (26.9%)- Hope 1,365 (22.4%). The problem for Hope is that he needs a big margin of victory in Arlington to have any chance. Getting close to calling this for Beyer.
UPDATE 7:29 pm: With 125 of 243 precincts reporting in the 7th CD, it’s now Brat 20,466 (58.36%)-Cantor 14,602 (41.64%). What the hell?!?
UPDATE 7:25 pm: With 6 precincts reporting in the 8th CD, it’s Beyer with 47.3%, Hope with 24.0%, Ebbin with 9.8%, Levine with 6.7%, Chatman with 5.4%, Euille with 4.8%. Most of these results are coming in from Arlington, with almost nothing from Fairfax County yet, which is great news for Beyer.
UPDATE 7:21 pm: With 2 of 163 precincts reporting in the 8th CD, it’s Beyer 106-Hope 54-Ebbin 46-Euille 34-Chatman 22-Levine 22.
UPDATE 7:18 pm: For what it’s worth, with 2 of 243 precincts reporting in the 7th CD, it’s Dave Brat 383-Eric Cantor 163. 🙂