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Obama (Almost) Sweeps Northern Virginia

Tim Craig

So how bad did Sen. Barack Obama thrash Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton in Northern Virginia on Tuesday?

According to the state Board of Elections, Clinton (D-N.Y.) didn't win a single precinct in Alexandria. She won one in Arlington (Arlington Mill) and one in Loudoun (Guilford). She won three in Prince William (Stonewall, Park and Potomac View). She also won seven in Fairfax County (Ravensworth, Holmes, Edsall, Parklawn, Lynbrook, Greenspring and Virginia Hills).

But Obama (D-Ill.) swept every other precinct in the core of Northern Virginia, often by a 2 to 1 margin. There are 27 precincts in Alexandria, 51 in Arlington, 73 in Prince William, 63 in Loudoun and 232 in Fairfax County.

Earlier today, the Virginia Democratic Party estimated Obama will be awarded 54 Virginia pledged delegates. Clinton will get 29.

By Tim Craig  |  February 14, 2008; 4:10 PM ET
Categories:  Election 2008/President , Tim Craig  
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The sentence should read "So how badly did..."

Posted by: Susan | February 15, 2008 10:10 AM | Report abuse

Note to Susan -- Please forgive my misspelling of their

Posted by: Benny | February 15, 2008 11:43 AM | Report abuse


There are 229 Precincts in Fairfax County. They count the absentees into 3 fictional "precincts" for purposes of counting the votes, but there are actually only 229.

Thanks for the post. Interesting statistics.

Posted by: Scott Surovell | February 18, 2008 12:45 AM | Report abuse

I wonder just how much of Obama's win is attributed to Republicans voting for him because they know he will not win against McCain and Hillary will? I've lived in Fairfax all my life as a Democrat surrounded by Republicans. On the day of the Primaries, every Republican friend I have was off to the poles to vote for Obama. Not because they wanted him to be the next President...but because they were convinced that if Hilary were to run on the Democratic ticket McCain would not stand a chance. So, they voted for Obama to secure McCain's presence in the White House in 2008.

Posted by: Anonymous | February 20, 2008 10:53 AM | Report abuse

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