Two contested Southwest Virginia state House districts will stay in Republican hands for the next two years after Israel O’Quinn and Delegate Will Morefield, R-Tazewell, enjoyed substantial victories over their opponents in Tuesday’s election.
O’Quinn won 69.3 percent of the votes cast in the Virginia House of Delegates’ 5th District, according to unofficial election results from the Virginia State Board of Elections.
Changes to the General Assembly’s districts may cause confusion when Virginia voters head to the polls today, election officials said Monday.
Across the state, polls open at 6 a.m. and remain open for 13 hours so voters can cast ballots in a variety of state Senate and House races, some constitutional offices and other local races. It will be the first time elections have been held since state leaders revised Senate and House lines and some voters are baffled, according to local voter registrars.
Vern Presley admitted the negative view many Southwest Virginia residents have of the Obama Administration and the current state of things in our nation’s capitol might complicate his effort to run as a Democrat representing the region in the 100-member Virginia House of Delegates.
“However, with that being said, I’m more focused on 2011 than I am on 2012,” the Grundy-based attorney said, quickly steering a conversation about the national political scene back to one about the issues he’ll face as a state legislator.
While they both list as a top priority helping the region out of its current economic malaise, the two candidates seeking the 3rd District seat in the Virginia House of Delegates have different strategies for helping the area along Southwest Virginia’s northern boundary reach this goal.
U.S. Sen. Mark Warner is helping Democratic candidates for the General Assembly raise some much-needed cash in their battle to keep control of the state Senate.
The popular former governor, who is finishing a whirlwind tour of the state during Congress’s August recess, has managed to add a number of fundraising events to his eight-day, 39-event schedule.
On Friday, he will headline a lunchtime fundraiser for Sen. John Edwards (Roanoke). On Saturday, he will attend both a meet-and-greet for Sen. Phil Puckett and Vern Presley, who is running against Del. Will Morefield (R), in Tazewell, and a fundraiser for John Lamie, vying to replace Sen. William Wampler (Bistol) in Abingdon.