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Northern Virginia Democrats Hold Their Ground

In uneasy election, Beyer takes 8th district, but leaves Senate too close to call.

Despite the election still being too close to call, U.S. Sen. Mark Warner gave his supporters at the Doubletree Hotel in Crystal City a full smile and a victory speech. With less than 1 percent of the vote favoring Warner over his Republican challenger Ed Gillespie, the question is whether or not Gillespie will ask for a recount. But if this was troubling Warner as much as it was the Democrats gathered the night of Nov 4, he didn’t show it.

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Comstock Wins 10th District Race

Comstock scores resounding 17-point victory over Democratic opponent John Foust.

Shortly after 10 p.m. Tuesday night, Republican Del. Barbara Comstock entered the Hilton ballroom in Ashburn to the tune of her favorite song - “This One’s for the Girls” sung by Martina McBride. The sassy, defiant country anthem – which tells girls to “stand your ground when everyone’s giving in” – struck the right chord with Comstock’s supporters, who chanted and clapped along with the music as Comstock took the stage to deliver her victory speech.

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Gerry Gets Things Done

Democratic incumbent Connolly fends off Republican challenger Suzanne Scholte.

As Huey Lewis and the News’ “Power of Love” poppy ballad led a soundtrack infused with ’80s pop and modern country music, the mood at the DoubleTree Crystal City hotel in Arlington ebbed and flowed between elated cheers and frustrated boos.

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Paper Trail

Single voting method helps streamline the process.

When it comes to voting, paper is the past, the present and the future. The assistant chief election officer at Robinson Secondary school James Emery Jr. of Fairfax said paper is too valuable as a voting record to abandon.

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Steady Election Turnout in Reston and Herndon

Voters aware of new photo ID requirement.

Midterm elections were held throughout Virginia on Nov. 4, with voting stations open at locations throughout the commonwealth’s 95 counties. “There will be approximately 2,500 election officers working at the county’s 238 precincts,” stated Lisa M. Connors, public information officer for Fairfax County.

Early Voter Turnout Steady in Vienna

At Wolftrap Elementary School the morning of election day, Nov. 4, voters came in a steady stream, but no large crowds at a single time.

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Steady Flow of Voters in McLean

U.S. Senate elections bring voters out to McLean High School.

Voter lines were short to nonexistent at McLean High School on Tuesday, Nov. 4. Voters trickled steadily into the school through the early morning hours to decide who will be their U.S. Senator. “So far, as of 8:12, we have had 174 (voters),” said Chief Election Officer Vicki Ream Herrmann.

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Early Turnout High in Great Falls

U.S. Congress elections bring voters out to local library.

Voters turnout kept up its pace well into work hours at Great Falls Library. Hundreds of voters turned up to vote for the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives at the library Tuesday morning, Nov. 4.

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Arlington Votes

A morning with the election staff and voters at Arlington’s Madison and Marshal precincts

Arlingtonians lined up to vote on Election Day to choose between Democratic U.S. Sen. Mark Warner and Republican challenger Ed Gillespie. At a more local level, they also chose a candidate to represent the 8th district in the House of Representatives, to vote on the candidates for County Board and School Board, and to vote on four bonds.

Accreditation: A Mixed Bag

Commentary

The Virginia Department of Education has issued accreditation reports on our public schools. For our area, the results are mixed.

The Dysfunction In the Senate

(and why we need Ed Gillespie for Virginia)

The Senate Majority Leader Mister Reid is a master of the partisan deed.

What’s on the Ballot?

Election Day is Tuesday, Nov. 4.

Every voter in Virginia will vote for U.S senator and their member in the U.S. House of Representatives.

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Poll Position

Local academics following the 11th Districts race say there’s really no substitute for the strength of incumbency.

Despite low public opinion of President Obama and a minimally productive Congress, representative Gerry Connolly has plenty going for him as the incumbent seeking re-election in Virginia’s largely democratic 11th district.

Bonds on the Ballot

Arlington puts $200 million in bonds to a public vote.

This year, Arlington is putting the fate of $219 million in the hands of its citizens. On the Nov. 4 ballot, residents will have a chance to vote on four major bonds.

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Mutiny at the Debate

Final Comstock-Foust debate gets emotional as both candidates debate social issues for first time.

The final debate Sunday between Republican Barbara Comstock and Democrat John Foust was arguably the most fiery and combative debate in the race to replace retiring U.S. Rep. Frank R. Wolf (R) in Virginia’s 10th Congressional District.