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Republicans nominate Hunt in 37th senate district

Rosalind Helderman

Steve Hunt, a former Fairfax county school board member, easily won a three-way party canvass Tuesday evening to become the Republican nominee to be the next Virginia state senator from the 37th district in southwestern Fairfax County.

Hunt will run against Democratic Del. David W. Marsden (Fairfax) in the Jan. 12 special election. The winner will fill the seat to be vacated by Kenneth Cuccinelli II (R), who was elected to be state attorney general in last month's Republican landslide.

In the canvass, Hunt defeated Marianne Horinko, a former Environmental Protection Agency administrator, and Will Nance, executive director of Greenspring retirement community.

Hunt received 955 votes, while Horinko got 479 and Nance 469.

The Republicans hope to hold the legislative seat and prevent the Democrats from adding to their narrow, 21-to-19 seat majority in the Senate.

In the canvass, also known as a "firehouse primary," polls are open to any voters registered in the district who sign a pledge to support Republican candidates and show up between 6 p.m. and 10 p.m.

Hunt apparently benefited from his reputation as an outspoken conservative on both social and economic issues. While all three candidates are conservative, he was seen by many as the one most likely to appeal to GOP grass-roots activists. A retired naval flight officer, Hunt lives in Fairfax Station and works in the defense contracting industry.

Turnout was high, and the voting facilities were overcrowded. Hundreds waited in a long line, many for more than an hour, and traffic was gridlocked on Union Mill Road outside Centreville High School where the voting took place.

After a prolonged wait in chilly weather, many grumbled that there should have been more voting booths to speed up the process. At 10 p.m., when people no longer could join the line, more than 250 were still waiting.
--Robert McCartney

By Rosalind Helderman  |  December 1, 2009; 11:23 PM ET
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So will they try to masquerade this radical rightie as a moderate, too?

Posted by: BigDaddyD | December 2, 2009 10:14 AM | Report abuse

There goes BigDaddyD, recycling the Creigh Deeds method of campaigning. Is the WashPo going to try to uncover a thesis that Hunt wrote, too? Geesh!

Hunt has a solid public record on the Fairfax school board and in his 3 races for the seat, he carried the 37th Dist. every time. People know Hunt and they LIKE him.

Dave Marsden doesn't even live in the district and is now "renting a room" to qualify to run. What a joke! Did Marsden's wife of 40 years move to his new room with him or are they now "separated"?

Posted by: JTR555 | December 2, 2009 10:48 AM | Report abuse

One man's "radical rightie" is another man's traditional values candidate. Go, Steve! We're voting for you.

Posted by: kenatipo | December 2, 2009 11:23 AM | Report abuse

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