November 8, 2017 Published in Choice 2017, Top Stories

Alexandria Voter Turnout Contributes To Virginia Dems Landslide

By Carla Branch


Although there were no local contested races on yesterday’s ballot, Alexandria voters came out in the rain in record numbers to help propel Virginia Democrats to an unexpected statewide nine-point victory.


Lieutenant Governor Ralph Northam, the Democratic candidate for governor, got 78% of the votes cast in Alexandria to Republican Ed Gillespie’s 22%. Justin Fairfax, the Democratic candidate for Lieutenant Governor and Attorney General Mark Herring, who ran successfully to retain his office, similarly won in Alexandria, 78% to 22% over their Republican challengers Jill Vogel and John Adams.


Alexandria Sheriff Dana Lawhorne and Alexandria Commonwealth’s Attorney Bryan Porter were unopposed. The two House of Delegates members who represent Alexandria, Charniele Herring (D-46) and Mark Levine (D-45) were also unopposed.

Democratic Party of Virginia Chairwoman Susan Swecker issued the following statement last night congratulating Northam, Fairfax, Herring and the Virginia House Democratic Caucus on their resounding victories: “Tonight the people of Virginia led the way and turned out to support candidates who represent the very best of who we are. It is here in Virginia that we sent a powerful message to the nation that bigotry, racism and lies will never defeat love, fairness and truth.”




















At the Polls in Alexandria 
“I knew when I saw the 10:00 a.m. voter totals that turnout was going to be higher than we thought,” said Alexandria General Registrar Anna Leider. ”Also, absentee voting was almost double what it was in 2013.

“The day before the election, we got an unusually high number of calls in the office and we had 18 emergency voters, which is also high. We had many more voters in the morning than we usually do.

“In the evening, we had higher voter turnout than usual at our West End precincts and many of those voters had questions about where they should vote and about whether they had changed their address or not. We really didn’t have any problems with our new voting machines and all of our precincts reported relatively quickly,” Leider said.

In the last Virginia Gubernatorial Election in 2013, 41,452 voters Alexandria voters or 49.83% of the 83,192 active registered voters participated. Yesterday, 52,157 voters or 57.63% of the 90,506 active registered voters participated.

“During our canvass, we will review about 200 provisional ballots so our vote total could increase,” Leider said.













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