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Northam, Fairfax carry Halifax primary vote

SoVaNow.com / June 13, 2013
A handful of local voters went to the polls Tuesday to take part in the Virginia Democratic primary for lieutenant governor and attorney general, siding with the statewide winner in one of the two contests.

Halifax delivered a 180-131 vote majority to the victor in the lieutenant governor’s race, Virginia State Senator Ralph Northam of Norfolk. Northam bested his opponent, Aneesh Chopra of Arlington, a former U.S. Chief of Technology in the Obama Administration, by a 54-46 point margin across the state.

In the primary for attorney general, county voters favored the runner-up, former U.S. Attorney Justin Fairfax of Annandale. Fairfax carried Halifax with 194 votes to 120 for his opponent, State Senator Mark Herring of Loudoun County, a 62-38 percent split.

Herring won the statewide tally, 51.6-48.4 percent.

The primary drew some 143,000 ballots, representing less than 3 percent of Virginia’s 5.2 million registered voters.

In Halifax County, turnout was highest at Courthouse precinct, where Northam prevailed, 32-7. In April, the candidate took part in a rally at Molasses Grill in Halifax, where he touted his opposition to uranium mining before a large crowd.

Two county precincts, Clays Mill and Scottsburg, each had a turnout of three voters or less. “Everything was slow,” said Registrar July Meeler of participation in the primary.

“In one precinct [Clays Mill] we had only two people to vote. And I think one of them was a [poll] worker,” said Meeler.

By winning their primary battles, Northam and Herring fill out the Democratic ticket headed by Terry McAuliffe, who was unopposed as the party’s nominee for governor. McAuliffe will face the Republican candidate, Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli, in the Nov. 5 general election.

Northam is pitted against Chesapeake minister E.W. Jackson, the Republican nominee for lieutenant governor, while in the attorney general’s race, Herring will take on fellow State Senator Mark Obenchain of Harrisburg.





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