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Primary updates

9:17: Chopra’s statement on Northam’s victory in the lieutenant governor race:

“I want to congratulate Senator Ralph Northam on his victory tonight in the Democratic Primary. Senator Northam and his staff should be proud of their campaign. While this was not the result that we hoped for tonight — I look forward to coming together to ensure the Democratic ticket wins a clean sweep in November. The work to bring fairness, equality, and opportunity to Virginia continues.”


9:05: Howell just issued a statement on the May/Sherwood losses:

Speaker Howell just issued a statement:

Virginia House of Delegates Speaker William J. Howell (R-Stafford) released the following statement on the results of the 29th and 33rd District primaries:

“For the last 20 years, Joe May and Beverly Sherwood have been a valued public servants, effective legislators and true leaders who have tirelessly served the people of their districts and the Commonwealth with integrity and dedication.

 ”They have worked for their constituents on key issues like economic development, transportation, education, agriculture and public safety. Joe and Bev have both been friends to me for the last 20 years. Like many others, I have seen first-hand how their expertise and knowledge on these issues have helped move the Commonwealth forward.

 ”On behalf of the entire House of Delegates, I would like to thank Joe and Beverly for their service to the people of Virginia and wish him them the very best in their future endeavors.

 ”David LaRock and Mark Berg have won the support of the Republican voters in their districts. Let me be the first to congratulate David and Mark on their victories. We look forward to their elections in November and know that they will be valuable members of the House of Delegates.”

 9: Sen. Ralph Northam wins the Democratic lieutenant governor’s race; rival Aneesh Chopra just congratulated him via Twitter on his victory: “Congratulations to Senator @RalphNortham on his victory tonight. I’m looking forward to working together to win in November”

Also, two incumbent House delegates from other districts — Del. Joe May of Loudoun and Del. Beverly Sherwood of Winchester — have lost their House races to challengers. In both races, the challenger made an issue of the incumbents’ support for the transportation reform bill.


8:48: The SBE, in a press release, officially acknowledged technical problems. Apparently they’ve got the data, the problems are getting it online. In the meantime, while VPAP isn’t up either, they’re at least tweeting out some updates from SBE numbers.

Thus, the latest from the VPAP Twitter feed in the two statewide Democratic races:

In the attorney general race: SBE reporting with 90.6 % precincts reporting, Herring 51.5%, Fairfax 48.5%

In the lieutenant governor race: SBE reporting with 90.8 % precincts reporting, Northam 54%, Chopra 46%

8:37: According to VPAP’s Twitter feed (@vpapupdates), with 83% percent of vote in, AG race appears to be narrowing. Herring 51% Fairfax 49%. In the LG race, Northam’s lead has widened slightly – 53.55 % of vote vs. Chopra 46.45.

8:32: While SBE and VPAP are both now officially broken (VPAP says it’s adding bandwidth and to stop hitting refresh please), the AP has officially called the 28th House Race for Speaker Bill Howell. As noted below, he had better than 90 percent of the vote in the last numbers we saw.

8:13: The State Board of Elections’ website doesn’t seem to be updating as it should be, so we’re getting numbers from VPAP, which now seems to be hitting the overload point on its servers.

But, as of the last time I was able to see numbers a few minutes ago, Northam was leading Chopra, 52% to 48% with 58 percent of precincts reporting.

In the attorney general race, Herring was leading Fairfax,  52% to 48%, with 68% of precincts reporting.

In the 54th House race, with 75 percent of the vote in, Orrock was at 55%  to Curtis’ 45%.

In the 28th House race, with 19 out of 23 percents (83 percent), Howell  had 92 percent of the vote to Ennis’ 8 percent. I’m not authorized to call a race or anything but I think you can draw your own conclusions on that one.


7:52: With 52 percent of precincts reporting, House Speaker Bill Howell, R-Stafford, is leading with 92.5 percent of the vote to Craig Ennis’ 7.5 percent.

In the 54th House district, things look closer for now. With 25 percent of the precincts reporting, Del. Bobby Orrock has 53 percent to Dustin Curtis’ 47 percent.


7:43: Not many numbers yet. has some, currently showing Ralph Northam slightly ahead of Aneesh Chopra in the Democratic lieutenant governor’s race. (51 percent to 49 percent with 30 percent of results in). Vpap is also showing Mark Herring a bit ahead of Justin Fairfax in the Democratic attorney general’s race (53 percent to 47 percent).


7:20: Polls for today’s Democratic and Republican primaries closed about 20 minutes ago. We’ll post updates here as the numbers come in, both for the two Democratic statewide races (attorney general and lieutenant governor) and the two House Republican nomination races in the Fredericksburg area (Speaker Bill Howell vs. Craig Ennis, and Del. Bobby Orrock vs. Dustin Curtis).

The State Board of Elections also posts real-time updates at, as will