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Minimal turnout for Democratic primary

SoVaNow.com / June 12, 2013
Republican and Democratic primaries for statewide and House of Delegate candidates were held Tuesday. But with only two races on the ballot in Mecklenburg County, both involving Democratic candidates, turnout was low.

General Registrar Jason Corwin predicted that turnout would be worse than four years ago when less than 300 people showed up to vote. “At 11:00 a.m., the busiest precinct was in South Hill and only 10 people had voted,” said Corwin.

Voters who chose to go to the polls could vote only in the Democratic primaries for Lt. Governor and Attorney General. Republicans selected their candidates at a statewide convention held last month in Richmond.

In the Lt. Governor’s race, State Sen. Ralph Northam (D-Norfolk) faced off against Aneesh Chopra, U.S. chief technology officer under President Barack Obama. The victor in Tuesday’s primary will go on to face Republican nominee E.W. Jackson, a Chesapeake minister.

At shortly after 8 p.m. last night, Chopra and Northam were neck-and-neck — with 11,007 votes for Northam to 11,025 for Chopra, with 31 percent of precincts reporting.

In the Democratic primary for Attorney General, State Sen. Mark Herring (D-Loudoun) went up against Justin Fairfax, a former federal prosecutor. The winner of that race will face State Senator Mark D. Obenshain (R-Harrisonburg), the son of Richard Obenshain who is credited with making the Republican Party in Virginia the conservative voice, it is today.

Herring took the early lead in that race, taking 56 percent of the ballots to 44 percent for Fairfax in the early going.

The lieutenant governor and attorney general nominees will share the ticket with Terry McAuliffe, former chairman of the Democratic Party and Virginia’s Democratic gubernatorial candidate. McAuliffe will square off against Republican Ken Cuccinelli.

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