Virginia Holds Primary Elections

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Sign at the Walker Precinct in Charlottesville Sign at the Walker Precinct in Charlottesville
Rebecca Peters Rebecca Peters
Sheila Haughey Sheila Haughey
People in Charlottesville taking part in the primary election People in Charlottesville taking part in the primary election

Voters headed to the polls throughout Virginia to nominate candidates to be on the November ballot for governor and lieutenant governor. Some ballots also include candidates for other offices.

Charlottesville Key Recreation Center Precinct Chief Rebecca Peters said this polling place saw a steady flow of voters all morning, even a line out the door at one point.

“I think that people are, maybe fingers crossed, recognizing the importance of primaries, that we need to be getting involved at this level,” Peters said.

Officials say roughly 5,980 people in Charlottesville - 20.1 percent of actively registered voters - and 8,922 folks in Albemarle County - 11.96 percent of registered voters - have cast a ballot in the primary election as of 4 p.m.

"Of course they'll be able to vote in November, but the person they might want to vote for might not be there anymore on the ballot if they didn't exercise their right to vote in June," said Walker Precinct Assistant Chief Sheila Haughey.

In the gubernatorial race, Lieutenant Governor Ralph Northam beat out former 5th District Representative Tom Perriello for the Democratic nomination.

Former Republican National Committee Chairman Edward W. “Ed” Gillespie beat 7th District Senator Frank W. Wagner and Prince William County Supervisor Corey A. Stewart for the Republican nominee.

In the lieutenant governor's race, former federal prosecutor Justin Fairfax won the democratic nomination.

Charlottesville residents voted for two of three Democratic candidates running for city council. Heather Hill and Amy Laufer beat out incumbent Bob Fenwick for the nominations. Residents also chose  Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney Joseph D. Platania over attorney Jeffrey E. Fogel as the Democratic nominee for Charlottesville’s commonwealth’s attorney.

Incumbent David J. Toscano beat out Ross A. Mittiga III for the democratic nomination for the 57th District seat in the Virginia House of Delegates.

Polling places in Virginia opened at 6 a.m. Tuesday, and closed at 7 p.m.