Margaret R. “Peggy” Ralph easily won Tuesday’s election for Rappahannock County Clerk of Court.
The incumbent claimed 76.9 percent of the returns with 1,989 of the votes cast, according to unofficial returns reported by the Virginia State Board of Elections.
Her next nearest challenger was Paul E. Hagstrom with 12.07 percent, 312 votes, followed by write-in candidate Lavonne Adkins with 10.95 percent. She received 283 votes.
“I am overwhelmed by the support,” said Ralph Wednesday by phone from the Clerk’s office. She was appointed to fill the term of longtime clerk Diane Bruce, who retired March 1. “Everyone that was with me last night was so confident, but I said, ‘When the last vote is counted, I’ll feel better.’ The support of the people of Rappahannock is just so very humbling, and I can’t thank them enough.”
Congressman Eric I. Cantor, Republican, easily won re-election to the House of Representatives for the 7th District, which includes Rappahannock County.
Cantor received 138,093 votes (59.3 percent) compared to 79,289 (34 percent) for Democratic Party candidate Rick E. Waugh, Jr. and 15,154 votes (6.5 percent) for Floyd C. Bayne, an independent with Tea Party backing. There was a write-in candidate who received .12 percent of the vote.
Waugh performed better in Rappahannock County. He received 41.6 percent of the vote (1,145 votes) to Cantor’s 1,535 (55.8 percent). Cantor did best in Rappahannock’s Chester Gap voting district, winning 72.8 of the vote, and worst in Sperryville, where he had just 44.9 percent of the local vote, to Waugh’s 52.7.
All three amendments to the state constitution passed, including questions on allowing more local control of property tax exemptions for the disabled and elderly, and adding exemptions for certain veterans. Ballot Question 3 — to increase the state’s “rainy day fund” passed with 51.2 percent of the vote statewide, although it was rejected in Rappahannock County, with 55.12 percent of the voters against.