Herring Defeats Gonzalez; Murray Wins GOP Nod
In the race for the Democratic nomination to replace Brian J. Moran in the Alexandria-based 46th House district, Charniele Herring defeated Ariel Gonzalez after only 234 people voted in the special election.
Herring, who was homeless as a teenager but rose to become an attorney and civic activist, received 191 votes. Gonzalez, director of governmental affairs for the American College of Radiology, received 43 votes, according to unofficial returns.
In the race for the GOP nomination, only 49 ballots were cast. Joe Murray, a special assistant to U.S. Rep. Joe Wilson (R-SC), won with 20 votes. Phil Cefaratti, a local realtor, received 16 votes. Sasha Gong, a scholar who runs a blog for Chinese Americans, received 13 votes, according to unofficial returns. Murray, who is also a law student at Catholic University, decided to file as a candidate for the Republican nomination a few hours before the voting began, according to GOP officials.
Called over the weekend after Moran abruptly resigned the seat he has held since 1996, both parties held their elections from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at a recreational center in Alexandria.
Herring, an African-American, will face Murray in a Jan. 13 special election. The winner will likely be sworn in the following day, when the General Assembly convenes for a 45-day session.
Herring should have an advantage because the 46th District is heavily Democratic, but, as tonight's abysmal turnout proves, Murray could pull off an upset if he convinces a couple hundred supporters to show up at the polls.
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