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Ruff wins easily in GOP primary

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Ruff / June 12, 2019

Incumbent 15th District state Sen. Frank Ruff romped to victory in the Tuesday GOP primary, claiming nearly 80 percent of the ballots cast in an election that drew less than 6 percent of the district’s registered voters.

Ruff easily turned back a challenge by Mecklenburg County School Board chairman Dale Sturdifen, who was making his first run for statewide office. Sturdifen’s best county proved to be Mecklenburg, which gave him a 34 percent share of the vote, to nearly 66 percent for Ruff.

Elsewhere, however, Sturdifen gained little traction: His lowest share of the vote total came in the City of Danville, which favored Ruff 94 percent to 6 percent, and in Pittsylvania County, which delivered 92.5 percent of its vote to Ruff, compared to 7.5 percent for the challenger.

Ruff, who is seeking his sixth term in the State Senate, will go on to face the Democratic Party nominee, Virginia Smith, in the Nov. 5 general election. Smith is a retired Prince George County educator and children’s book author.

The 15th Senate District covers all of Charlotte, Lunenburg, Mecklenburg and Nottoway counties and parts of Brunswick, Campbell, Dinwiddie, Halifax, Pittsylvania, and Prince George counties and a portion of the City of Danville.

With 99 percent of precincts reporting — one precinct in Dinwiddie remained uncounted at press time — Ruff collected 79.39 percent of the vote (8,187 votes) compared to Sturdifen’s 20.61 percent (2,126 votes). Less than 6 percent of the district’s registered voters took part in the primary election.

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Frank is the establishment. He,s responsible for southsides decline after 30 years in office. His sit and wait aporoach is a deathknell for the southside to attract companies. No broadband and its on his hands. However his warchest has $500k from corporations who are happy that he impedes progress and limits opportunities. As long as people stay uninformed you will live in an economically depressed area. Frank doesnt lead from the front he follows from behind watching stuff and only getting in when it looks like a winner. Not at all impressed with Ruff. He seems to enjoy the emmollients that the office provides. So congrats sputhside Frank won but we lost.

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