Thursday, November 8, 2012
Check out all of the stories, photos and comments on Patch in Tuesday's election.
According to the Virginia State Board of Elections, Obama received 81,900 votes (51.52 percent) in Loudoun County. His opponent, former Gov. Mitt Romney received 74,793 votes (47.05 percent). Nationwide, Barack Obama was re-elected to another term as president, which was officially announced live on CNN at 11:18 p.m. Tuesday — long before Virginia's results were finalized. How did Leesburg vote? Check out our local hub here, which includes numbers taken from Loudoun County's web site. We also have figures on how Loudoun County voted as a whole, which can be seen here. Leesburg residents also had the opportunity to vote for candidates appearing on the ballot for mayor and town council. Results, which can be seen here, show that Mayor …
Wednesday, November 7, 2012
Check back here for updates on Election Day; results will be posted as they are reported.
Update 12:23 a.m.: Barack Obama (D), Tim Kaine (D) and Frank Wolf (R) win their respective elections, and each won in Loudoun. Precinct totals will be filled in soon. Update 6 a.m.: The polls are open! Related stories: Early Signs Suggest High Turnout in Loudoun Where to Vote in Loudoun County A Little Election Sign Shenanigans Initial story The two main-party candidates for president and their surrogates have made not just Virginia, but Loudoun their target this year. The county has enjoyed campaign stops by the President Barack Obama, Republican challenger Mitt Romney, both of their wives, the Republican National Committee Chairman, Vice President Joe Biden and others. Find all of Ashburn Patch's election coverage here or sign up for…
Tuesday, November 6, 2012
A look at the day around Northern Virginia and in Richmond.
Tuesday, November 6, 2012
Voters across Northern Virginia headed to the polls Tuesday and Patch was there to capture every moment. After the polls closed, supporters gathered across the area to await results. Supporters of Tim Kaine and George Allen gathered Tuesday night in Richmond, along with many volunteers from the state's Barack Obama and Mitt Romney offices. Did you take photos today? Upload them here! Otherwise click through the gallery in the media player above to see what we captured.
Both parties are confident in their candidates as voting moves along ‘smoothly.’
Early on there were no apparent hiccups with voting in Loudoun, but turnout appeared to be high. “As far as I know, everything is going smoothly,” Brandi Brookhouse, Secretary of the Loudoun County Electoral Board, said around 9 a.m. “There are several precincts with high voter turnout and long lines.” At the Stone Bridge precinct, it appeared to pay to choose a paper ballot because there were multiple machine to make selections on paper, but just one for electronic voting. Leaders from both political parties were confident, although wary of a close race. “It's going to be close for everyone but Frank Wolf,” said John Whitbeck, chairman of the 10th District Congressional Republican Committee in Virginia. “Gov. Romney and Gov. Allen have …
Patch will bring you updates throughout Election Day as two former Virginia governors face off for an open Senate seat.
The U.S. Senate race in Virginia lived up to its reputation going into Tuesday's election, as being a tight race between two former governors. Final unofficial results around 1:30 a.m. Wednesday showed Tim Kaine with 51.89 percent of the state vote to Republican challenger George Allen's 47.92 percent of the vote across Virginia. Kaine won by comfortable margins in Northern Virginia jurisdictions, defeating Allen 71.40 percent to 28.42 percent in Falls Church; 60.53 percent to 39.01 percent in Fairfax County; and 65.83 to 33.86 percent in Arlington County, according to the State Board of Elections. As of 1:33 a.m. Wednesday, all precincts in the state had reported their results. Update 11:21 p.m.: Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell congratulated …
Changes to eminent domain and veto session scheduling pass by wide margins.
Virginia residents voted to pass two amendments to the Virginia Constitution when they went out to the polls Tuesday. About 75 percent of voters, more than 2.3 million people, voted "yes" to amending the state's eminent domain policies. The measure will prohibit local governments from using eminent domain for economic development and job creation. The measure was a bit less popular in localities such as Fairfax County, where 62 percent of voters decided to pass the amendment. Question 2, which will allow the General Assembly to postpone its veto session in the event of scheduling conflicts of religious holidays, was much more popular. About 82 percent of voters, or 2.6 million people, said yes to the amendment. Update (12:05 a.m. Nov. 7, …
Stay tuned to Patch for updates from the polls and results as incumbent Frank Wolf (R) faces challenger Kristin Cabral (D) and Kevin Chisholm (I).
By Lauren Jost As of 9:26 a.m. Wednesday, 194 of 195 precincts in the 10th Congressional District had reported their results. Rep. Frank Wolf has 58.63 percent of the vote, Kristin Cabral has 38.47 percent of the vote and Kevin Chisholm has 2.77 percent of the vote. Update: 12:42 a.m.: In the 10th Congressional District, 189 of 195 of the precincts had reported their final unofficial results, according to Virginia State Board of Election results. Rep. Frank Wolf took 56.19 percent of the vote in Loudoun County and 52.25 percent of the vote in the City of Manassas. Democratic candidate Kristin Cabral had 51.39 percent of the vote in Manassas Park, according to the SBE. In Fairfax County, 49 of 51 precincts had reported their 10th …
Monday, November 5, 2012
In 2008, Barack Obama was the first Democrat to take Virginia since 1964. In 2012, the contest between the president and Republican hopeful is still too close to call.
President Barack Obama took Virginia in 2008, marking the first time the Commonwealth has gone blue since 1964. But it's too early to tell which way voters will go on Tuesday, or whether the changing demographics of Virginia and voter enthusiasm will have an effect on which candidate takes Virginia's 13 electoral votes. Virginia is one of just a few swing states in this year's presidential election. “The challenge for the Obama campaign is to try to rekindle the magic,” said Stephen Farnsworth, a professor of political science at the University of Mary Washington. “You had great excitement among African Americans, and young people especially, four years ago. The indication so far is that there’s some enthusiasm, but not comparable to four…
Friday, November 2, 2012
You asked, 10th District hopefuls answer your questions ahead of Nov. 6 elections.
You asked, and now candidates for the U.S. House of Representatives in Virginia's 10th District are here to answer your questions in Patch's Ask the Candidate series. Patch submitted the same 10 questions to each of the three candidates who will be on the ballot come Nov. 6: incumbent Frank Wolf (R), Kristin Cabral (D) and Kevin Chisholm (I). Two of those candidates — Cabral and Chisholm — responded. Candidates were asked to keep their answers to a total of 2,500 words for all 10 questions. Click on each candidate's name below to read the responses:
The Democrat candidate for Congress answers 10 questions from Patch readers.
Earlier this month, our readers submitted questions for Patch's Ask the Candidates forum. Responses from Kristin Cabral, a Democrat candidate for the U.S. House of Representatives in Virginia's 10th District, can be found below, unedited. You can read responses from Kevin Chisholm here. According to the Fairfax County Economic Development Authority, Fairfax County has a gross county product of $108.7 billion. Ignoring the spinoff effect government contracts and defense industries provide to its local economy, what can Fairfax County do to attract and retain more local businesses that engage in commercial interests outside this sector? On the campaign trail, I listened to many people, especially women and fellow mothers of school-age …