Republican Rocky Holcomb, who wanted a recount in the city’s 85th House District race because of what he called his opponent’s “race-baiting” campaign, failed to qualify for one.
“I think it’s in the best interest of the constituents that we let it go now and move on,” Holcomb said Tuesday morning.
Being called a racist doesn’t sit well with Republican Rocky Holcomb, and that’s why he said he’s holding on for a recount that looks unlikely to happen.
As of Thursday afternoon, Holcomb trailed Democrat Cheryl Turpin by 394 votes in Virginia Beach’s 85th House District race.
State Democrats may be counting Virginia Beach’s 85th District as a win, but the Republican isn’t ready to give up.
Republican Rocky Holcomb, who is 394 votes behind Cheryl Turpin, said Wednesday that he will ask for a recount.
In Virginia Beach’s only $1 million-House of Delegates race, Democrat Cheryl Turpin was in the lead in the traditionally Republican district with all but the absentee ballots counted.
Turpin, a science teacher at Cox High School, leads Rocky Holcomb, a sheriff’s deputy.
A Republican incumbent will face a high school teacher for the second time to represent central Virginia Beach and part of Greenbrier in Chesapeake.
Republican Del. Rocky Holcomb, a captain in the Virginia Beach Sheriff’s Office, won a special election last year against Cox High School teacher Cheryl Turpin.
By now, Cheryl Turpin is easily recognized.
The high school science teacher has filled mailboxes in Virginia Beach's 85th House District with flyers featuring her picture.
And she’s been knocking on residents’ doors since early 2017, after losing a special election to Republican Rocky Holcomb.