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Knight, McQuinn Prevail

Tim Craig

Barry D. Knight, a Republican who operates one of Virginia's largest hog farms, easily defeated his Democratic opponent in today's special election to fill former GOP delegate Terrie L. Suit's House seat in Virginia Beach.

With all the precincts reporting, Knight received 83 percent of the vote. John M. Lacomb, who at age 24 was one of the youngest persons ever to be nominated by a major party for a House seat, received 17 percent of the vote. The election was called after Suit resigned this fall to become a lobbyist.

In a separate special election to succeed Democrat Dwight Jones, who resigned from the House after being elected mayor of Richmond, Delores L. McQuinn won her race against a write-in candidate. McQuinn, a Democrat who will represent parts of Richmond, received 73 percent of the vote.

Given long standing voting patterns in both districts, Knight and McQuinn were both expected to retain their seats for their respective parties.

But Lacomb's candidacy in Virginia Beach attracted some buzz after Terry McAuliffe, a Democratic candidate for governor, decided to donate $5,000 to his campaign. Knight, a member of the Virginia Beach Planning Commission, runs a farm that produces 12,000 hogs a year.

By Tim Craig  |  January 6, 2009; 7:39 PM ET
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Just goes to show that terry McAuliffe is clueless about Virginia. A district made up of Princess Anne, Dam Neck, and Great Bridge is not going to go Democrat (not that he knows where any of those places are).

Posted by: steveincville | January 7, 2009 12:32 PM | Report abuse

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