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Herring Defeats Gonzalez; Murray Wins GOP Nod

Tim Craig

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.

By Tim Craig  |  December 16, 2008; 9:49 PM ET
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Comments

I thought it was not that abysmal given that only 96 hours from Brian Morans resignation to the caucus occured.

There is 4 weeks till the general election, and Ms Herring has 35 times the helpers that the republican has.

Posted by: pvogel88 | December 16, 2008 10:28 PM | Report abuse

Er, Tim, this was not a special election, it was a caucus to choose a candidate for the special election. And frankly, without some supporting evidence from past nominations, I think it's overblown to call the turnout "abysmal" for a nominating caucus for a special election for a legislative seat, at least if you're drawing conclusions about turnout in the forthcoming special election.

Posted by: jimeh | December 17, 2008 3:18 PM | Report abuse

lklk

Posted by: VADelegate09 | December 17, 2008 3:37 PM | Report abuse

it was pretty abysmal. shows the inability of the ADC to get people other than themselves and their next-door neighbors out to vote.

Posted by: dcgal4 | December 18, 2008 10:06 AM | Report abuse

Supporting evidence? Over 40,000 registered voters in the 46th and barely over 200 voted. No supporting evidence is needed - this isn't a court room. And if it was - cased closed.

Republicans are upset (as well as many Dems) and they just may pull it together faster than the local Dems. Whatever the case is, Moran resigning from his seat last minute doesn't bode well for his decision making as a potential governor.

Posted by: UVANick | December 18, 2008 11:56 AM | Report abuse

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