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Wednesday, November 09, 2005

A Couple of Bright Spots

Congratulations should go out to several Republican candidates who faced tough challenges in House of Delegates races and prevailed, giving the GOP a few reasons to smile on Election night.

The big victory for the GOP was that of Anne Crockett-Stark, who defeated incumbent democrat Bennie Keister. Though the race was expected to be close, Annie B. ended up winning by nearly 10%. She will represent the 6th District, which covers the counties of Wythe, Bland, Tazewell, Pulaski and Giles.

Another big winner for the GOP was Matt Lohr, who kept the 26th district seat in Republican hands despite a strong challenge from Democrat Lowell Fulk. Lohr will replace retiring Delegate Glenn Weatherholtz as the representative for the city of Harrisonburg and most of Rockingham county. Lohr ended up winning by more than 7% of the vote in a race that Democrats had targeted for a possible pickup.

In an interesting local race, Octavia Johnson became the first Republican to win a constitutional office in the city of Roanoke in 16 years, defeating incumbent Sheriff George McMillan.

Basically, the Republican party is still strong throughout the Commonwealth (and getting stronger in some places). Even though we are all disappointed for Jerry, there are still a lot of great reasons to be a Republican in Virginia.


Blogger GOPHokie said...

Zach, did you see where I called the Lohr race dead on?
We were hearing 6 in richmond but it turned out about 7.5

6:45 PM


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