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Republicans sweep most local House seats; Dudenhefer loses by a hair
Republicans swept all but one of the Fredericksburg region’s House of Delegates races Tuesday.
In an apparent upset, incumbent Republican Del. Mark Dudenhefer lost his 2nd District seat to Democrat Michael Futrell.
The race was decided by 223 votes—only a 1.4 percent margin—according to unofficial results from the State Board of Elections.
Dudenhefer, who previously served on the Stafford Board of Supervisors, was elected to the House in 2011.
The 2nd District includes Stafford and Prince William counties.
Futrell, who lives in Woodbridge, spent part of the night celebrating with the Stafford County Democrats.
“I’m just grateful. The people have spoken and we are just so excited,” Futrell said. “I think it came down to the fact that people felt there was irresponsible leadership.
“We’re going to go in and focus on education, transportation and veteran and military families,” he said.
Republican Del. Mark Cole kept his seat in the 88th District, which includes Stafford and Spotsylvania counties as well as Fredericksburg.
He won with about 62 percent of the vote over Democrat Kathleen O’Halloran.
“I’m very gratified by the results,” Cole said in an interview.
He said it is the first contested election since redistricting, and he expected it to be closer.
Republican Del. Michael Webert kept his seat, representing Culpeper in the 18th District. He beat Democrat Colin Harris with about 63 percent of the vote.
H.F. “Buddy” Fowler won the seat representing the 55th District, which includes Caroline, Spotsylvania and Hanover counties. Garnering about 57 percent of the votes cast, Fowler beat Democrat Toni Radler and Libertarian Christopher Sullivan.
He has been the legislative aide to the past two delegates to hold that seat.
“I think they are going to find out that I am an advocate for the 55th District,” Fowler said of voters.
“I don’t work for the Republican Party or the governor. I work for the people of this district,” he said.
Republican Del. Ed Scott kept his seat in the 30th District, representing Culpeper and Orange counties.
He defeated Democrat Traci Dippert with 63 percent of the vote.
“I’ve had a good feeling for the last week,” Scott said.
“I’m humbled by the margin. I found there’s still a place for running a positive campaign in Virginia,” he said.
Robyn Sidersky: 540/374-5413