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Virginia Politics Blog Archive: Leslie L. Byrne

Petersen says thanks, and not exactly no thanks, to gubernatorial buzz

State Sen. Chap Petersen (D-Fairfax) says he does not intend to run for governor in 2013--but he's not exactly ruling his candidacy out either. Petersen's name has gotten some buzz on left-leaning blogs in the last couple of days. Ben Tribbett posted a nifty video on his site Tuesday suggesting a Petersen run is the only way to stop Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli (R) from winning the governor's mansion in 2013. (That's assuming Cuccinelli runs for governor in three years, of course; the voluble attorney general maintains he plans to run for reelection.) It turns out Tribbett and fellow blogger Lowell Feld aren't the only ones talking up Petersen as a Democratic gubernatorial candidate. A Roanoke man launched a "draft Chap" website and accompanying Facebook page some months ago. Not so fast, Petersen said. "Politics is entertainment, and people want to throw my name out there to be entertaining,"...

By Rosalind S. Helderman  |  August 11, 2010; 11:36 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Bill Bolling , Ken Cuccinelli , Leslie L. Byrne , Robert F. McDonnell , Rosalind Helderman , Terry McAuliffe  
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Ten House races top $1 million mark

Despite the recession, this year's election cycle had four of the five most expensive delegate races in Virginia history, including a $1.71 million battle between Del. Dave Albo (R) and challenger Greg Werkheiser in Fairfax that gets the award for most expensive ever. That's according to the Virginia Public Access Project, a nonpartisan tracker of money in politics, which has been doing number crunching on finance reports submitted by campaigns last week. The second most expensive race in state history was the contest between newly elected Del. Chris Stolle and incumbent Democrat Joe Bouchard in Virginia Beach, who jointly spent $1.53 million on the race....

By Rosalind Helderman  |  December 7, 2009; 11:21 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  2009 Attorney General's Race , Bill Bolling , Creigh Deeds , Election 2009 , General Assembly 2010 , House of Delegates , Jody Wagner , Ken Cuccinelli , Leslie L. Byrne , Robert F. McDonnell , Rosalind Helderman , Steve Shannon  
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Ticketmate Byrne Backs Deeds

Suddenly, it seems as like state Sen. R. Creigh Deeds is all about Fairfax. It's a message reinforced by an endorsement today by former congresswoman Leslie Byrne. After RSVP-ing "no" to yesterday's Virginia FREE luncheon in Tyson's, Deeds made a last minute switch and attended. He was with the Fairfax Democratic Committee last night and will meet with county teachers on Thursday. And today, he's joining Leslie Byrne, who was the first woman elected to Congress from Virginia, representing--yes, that's right--Fairfax....

By Rosalind Helderman  |  May 27, 2009; 10:51 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
Categories:  2009 Governor's Race , Brian J. Moran , Creigh Deeds , Leslie L. Byrne , Robert F. McDonnell , Rosalind Helderman  
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Low Turnout Yesterday Says Little About November

Democrat Gerald E. Connolly of Fairfax County, the top elected official of the region's largest jurisdiction, won a decisive primary victory yesterday in Northern Virginia's 11th Congressional District against former representative Leslie L. Byrne. But with less than 6 percent of registered voters participating in the election, the results don't say a whole lot about what could happen come November. Connolly beat Byrne with nearly 58 percent of the vote to her 33 percent. In raw numbers, however, he won by just over 6,000 votes -- little more than 1 percent of the 11th Congressional District's 446,000 active registered voters....

By Amy Gardner  |  June 11, 2008; 12:58 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
Categories:  Amy Gardner , Amy Gardner , Election 2008/Congress , Election 2008/President , Election 2008/U.S. Senate , Gerald E. Connolly , James Gilmore III , Leslie L. Byrne , Mark Warner , Prince William , Thomas M. Davis III  
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Did You Vote Today?

Bob commented about the primary today and said, "I voted today--at 7:50 AM. I noticed I was the 6th person to vote...sad. I figure if candidates can put in the time, effort and energy it takes to run--plus the willingness to put themselves "out there" in the public eye-- we as the public should at least respect their efforts, show up at the polls and cast a vote." We want to hear from you. Take the poll and tell us about your voting experience in the comment section below....

By washingtonpost.com editors  |  June 10, 2008; 4:24 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Election 2008/Congress , Gerald E. Connolly , James P. Moran Jr. , Leslie L. Byrne  
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Turnout Worse Than Expected on Primary Day

After morning and lunch-hour rushes that looked more like a trickle, Northern Virginia election officials predicted historically low turnout in today's congressional primaries despite a fiercely competitive Democratic contest for an open seat in the 11th District, where Republican Tom Davis is retiring. At Sleepy Hollow Elementary School, Democratic candidate Leslie Byrne greets a prospective voter and his son at the polls. (By Emma Patti -- washingtonpost.com) Through much of the afternoon, precincts across the region looked like ghost towns. At the Fair Oaks precinct of central Fairfax County, just 15 ballots had been cast at 2 p.m., officials said. "Turnout is, I don't want to say anemic, but turnout is very, very, very, very light," said Rokey Suleman, Fairfax County's general registrar, who predicted that turnout was unlikely to exceed 5 percent by the time polls close at 7 p.m. -- a dismal contrast to the one-third of registered...

By Amy Gardner  |  June 10, 2008; 3:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Amy Gardner , Election 2008/Congress , Frank R. Wolf , Gerald E. Connolly , James P. Moran Jr. , Leslie L. Byrne  
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Older Entries in This Category »

Byrne Outraised Connolly in April, May, Tim Craig , May 30, 2008
A Byrne Poll in the 11th, Amy Gardner , May 21, 2008
Connolly Still Leads the Money Race, Amy Gardner , April 14, 2008
Gartlan Reverses Endorsement For Byrne, Amy Gardner , April 8, 2008
Cranking Out the Endorsements in the 11th, Bill Turque , March 27, 2008
Connolly Far Ahead, His Poll Shows, Amy Gardner , March 10, 2008
Webb Endorses Byrne, Tim Craig , March 6, 2008
Hurst Endorses Connolly, Steve Fehr , February 21, 2008
EMILY'S List Endorses Leslie Byrne, Tim Craig , February 4, 2008
Is The Race On?, Amy Gardner , January 29, 2008
Doug Denneny Gets Big Name Backer, Tim Craig , December 4, 2007
Byrne Officially Enters the Race for Congress, Anita Kumar , November 7, 2007
 
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