Chesterbrook Precinct: Swing Fairfax polling place voted for Deeds
Democrat R. Creigh Deeds lost the statewide race, but defeated his Republican rival Robert F. McDonnell at McLean's Chesterbrook precinct, according to officials at the polling place who just finished tabulating ballots.
McDonnell received 612 votes (47%) to Deeds' 685 (53%) at the Fairfax County polling place we've been reporting from these last 15 hours.
Just over 1,300 ballots were cast here today, a fraction of last year's total turnout in the presidential election and about 5 percent fewer than in the governor's race four years ago.
Deeds' victory at this precinctin the heart of a Democratic-leaning district with an independent streak might bring some solace to Democrats on an otherwise bad night. Despite big GOP gains in a year that wasn't favorable for the president's party, the Democrats retain strong appeal to voters in the growing and affluent area of McLean south of Route 123.
The forceful Democratic turnout also signals that those not enthused with Deeds personally turned out to support the Democratic ticket.
Deeds did not fare as well in this precinct as either President Obama or Gov. Timothy M. Kaine (D). Obama won 54.6 percent at Chesterbrook last November, a small piece in a puzzle that helped him become the first Democrat to win Virginia since 1964. Kaine won here with an even more resounding 60 percent in 2005. Deeds did outperform Sen. John Kerry (D-Mass.), who narrowly defeated George W. Bush in the precinct with 51 percent five years ago.
November 3, 2009; 8:40 PM ET
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