The morning after the 2014 midterm general election, when Rappahannock County voters cast ballots in three races, it was all over but the shouting (and, in many cases, cheering). With all seven precincts reported, including a new central precinct at the Registrar of Voters’ office for counting absentee ballots, the county is still red.
Local voting went as follows:
For Virginia’s U.S. Senate seat, Republican Ed Gillespie, with 1,529 votes, won over Democrat Mark Warner in Rappahannock with 1,212 votes — although statewide Warner was leading as of yesterday morning (Nov. 5), when the race was still too close to call. Robert Sarvis, the Libertarian candidate, received 53 votes.
Like the rest of the 5th District, the county also favored Republican incumbent Robert Hurt in the contest for the district’s seat in the U.S. House of Representatives. Hurt received 1,635 votes; Democratic candidate Lawrence Gaughan received 1,066 votes. Paul Jones, the Libertarian candidate, received 46 votes, while Green Party candidate Kenneth Hildebrandt received 24.
For both the Senate and House races, the Sperryville precinct was the most Democrat-centered (being the only Rappahannock district where Gillespie lost to Warner), and Chester Gap (where Hurt’s margin of victory was more than 2-to-1), the most Republican.
Deborah Knick of Washington, running unopposed for the treasurer’s post, won 1,887 votes. The special election for the position was triggered by her appointment earlier this year to fill the unexpired term of longtime county treasurer Frances Foster.
Also on the ballot was a referendum asking whether the Virginia constitution may be amended to allow surviving spouses of combat veterans killed in action to be exempted from real estate property taxes. The measure won overwhelming support with a 2,250-to-473 vote.
The local polls reported that the flow of voters was steady during the day. In all, 2,624 voters showed up to vote. The county voting office received 183 absentee votes. Counting absentee votes, voter turnout in Rappahannock was about 49 percent.