Connolly Wins 11th District
Here's what Gerald E. Connolly had to say minutes after winning.
"We come out of this landslide win going into November in a very strong position," he told my colleague Amy Gardner, referring to his next opponent, Republican newcomer Keith S. Fimian, a local businessman, who is well-financed for the fall campaign.
"This is going to be one of the most targeted races in the country. It's a prime pickup opportunity for Democrats."
Mark W. Elmore has won the 8th District GOP race. He held a 10 point lead over Amit K. Singh, with more than 90 percent of precincts reporting.
Leslie L. Byrne just conceded.
Gerald E. Connolly has won the hotly contested Democratic primary. He beat out three competitors, fighting off a tough challenge from former representative Leslie L. Byrne.
8: 35 p.m.
Over 50 percent of precincts are reporting in the Democratic 11th District contest.
Gerald E. Connolly maintained a large lead, although several districts in Leslie L. Byrne's home area have not reported.
Power went out at the Fairfax County polling center for about 40 minutes, shortly after a thunderstorm rolled through the area. But election officials are reporting that power is back up and the counting continues.
Turnout appears to be hovering around two percent in most primaries, leaving readers to wonder why this election was so under the radar.
One reader wrote in to say, "Suleman has it right. The election *is* completely under the radar. I consider myself a very tuned-in voter... but I didn't realize that the primary was today until I read this article. I'll be voting on my way home."
Another said, "I vote in every election! Had no idea it was today. I drive past 3 schools on my way to work and saw no "vote" signs like usual. I'll be voting today on my way home, I guess. But this is weird..."
There are a couple of explanations:
June primaries are traditionally low turnout affairs. This one came several months after the historic Potomac Primary, in which Virginia, the District and Maryland voted together and earlier for the first time, so their votes still mattered. The presidential campaign continues to capture the public's attention
Another factor in the dismal turnout is that the Washington region's television market encompasses Northern Virginia, the District and Maryland, making it an exceedingly expensive -- and inefficient -- campaign method. As a result candidates have relied primarily on yard signs, targeted mail pieces and advertisements on cable television and radio.
The Democratic race in the 11th is still close between Gerald E. Connolly and Leslie L. Byrne. Connolly is holding steady at about 55 percent of the vote.
We're halfway there in the 8th District GOP race. All of Arlington County and Alexandria City are in. Just holding out for Fairfax. Mark Elmore is holding a slight lead over Singh.
11th District update: Connolly had 57 percent of the vote to Leslie L. Byrne's 33 percent, with about 20 percent of precincts in. Doug Denneny is coming in at 7 percent and Lori P. Alexander has two percent. Those numbers include all of the precincts in Fairfax City
It's very early, but incumbents Frank R. Wolf and James P. Moran Jr. appear to be cruising to victory.
In the 8th District, Moran (D) was leading with 87 percent of the vote against challenger Matthew T. Famiglietti. That's with most of Alexandria City and a handful of precincts in Fairfax. Mark W. Elmore is leading Amit K. Singh by nine percentage points, with about 20 percent of precincts reporting.
In the 10th District, Wolf (R), Virginia's longest serving member of Congress, had a strong lead over challenger Vern P. McKinley in the GOP primary.
Judy M. Feder had a strong lead over Mike R. Turner in the Democratic contest in the 10th.
Polls have closed in today's congressional primary election. Let's just hope we don't have to wait all night to get results in what Northern Virginia election officials expected would be a historically low turnout election.
Here's a recap of what's at stake:
The closely-watched Democratic contest for an open seat in the 11th District was a four-way primary battle between Fairfax County Board Chairman Gerald E. Connolly, former representative Leslie L. Byrne, former Navy pilot Doug Denneny and physical therapist Lori P. Alexander.
With Republican Tom Davis stepping down after 14 years in office, the district (which includes most of Fairfax County) is in play for Democrats, who hope to pickup a seat here this fall.
The winner of the Democratic primary will face GOP newcomer Keith S. Fimian, a small-business owner, in November.
The other two congressional seats are held by long-serving and popular incumbents. Rep. James P. Moran Jr. (D) represents the the 8th District, which includes Alexandria, Arlington, Falls Church and a portion of Fairfax County. Rep. Frank R. Wolf (R) of the 10th District, which encompasses Loudoun County, portions of Prince William and Fairfax counties.
Both Moran and Wolf faced primary challenges, and candidates are competing for the opposing party's nomination in both districts as well.
Moran faces lawyer Matthew T. Famiglietti. The two Republicans competing for the GOP nomination in Moran's district are engineering firm owner Amit K. Singh and banking executive Mark W. Elmore, who lost a similar GOP primary attempt two years ago.
Wolf, in his first primary challenge since winning his seat 28 years ago, faces fellow Republican Vern P. McKinley. The Democrats seeking their party's nomination are Georgetown University professor Judy M. Feder, who lost by a wide margin to Wolf in 2006, and retired Air Force Col. Mike R. Turner.
Stay plugged in here as results come in.
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