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McAuliffe romps in Halifax vote / June 10, 2021
Virginia and Halifax County Democrats by a large margin chose former Gov. Terry McAuliffe to carry the party’s banner in the November election along with Democratic nominees for lieutenant governor and attorney general.

McAuliffe carried every county in Virginia in racking up a 62 percent margin of victory in the June 8 Democratic primary. The next closest candidate was former Prince William County delegate Jennifer Carroll Foy with just shy of 20 percent. Richmond state Sen. Jennifer McClellan ran third, with nearly 12 percent.

For Lt. Gov., Prince William delegate Haya Ayala won by a 37.6-24.3 percent over Roanoke delegate Sam Rasoul, with a field of four other candidates splitting the rest of the vote.

Attorney General Mark Herring, seeking a third term, turned back a challenge by Norfolk delegate Jerrauld “Jay” Jones, winning 56.6-43.4 percent.

Turnout statewide was nearly 500,000 people, but voting in Halifax County was “very low,” said Voter Registrar Heather Harding, “even more [so] than previous primaries.”

991 voters in Halifax cast their ballots for governor for McAuliffe, giving him just shy of 70 percent support. Foy got 15 percent of the vote, 219 votes in all, and Fairfax got 117 votes, 8 percent of the total. The rest of the vote was split among the other candidates in the race, McClellan and Manassas delegate Lee Carter.

Halifax voters gave Rasoul 21.5 percent of the vote in the lieutenant governor race, with Ayala in second with 18.6 percent. For attorney general, Jones got 64.4 percent of the vote, with Herring garnering 35.6 percent.

McAuliffe, Ayala and Herring will face the Republican ticket of Glenn Youngkin for governor, Winsome Sears for lieutenant governor and Virginia Beach delegate Jason Miyares for attorney general.

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