Democrats nominate Lewis for Senate; Republicans select their candidate today
Mathews County Democrats voted in concert with the Eastern Shore on Saturday to overwhelmingly support Delegate Lynwood Lewis as the Democratic candidate for the 6th District Senate seat being vacated by Ralph Northam.
Bud Ward, chairman of the Mathews County Democratic Committee, said that out of 238 votes cast in the county, 137 were for Lewis, with 53 for Norfolk businesswoman Andria McClellan and 48 for former 87th District Delegate Paula Miller.
Districtwide, Lewis garnered a total of 2,658 votes, with 2,244 of them cast by Eastern Shore residents. A total of 4,880 votes were cast in the race, said Ward, with Miller bringing in 1,292 votes and McClellan 929 votes.
Mathews County Republicans are slated to vote today on their candidate. There are three contenders for the seat, all Norfolk residents—attorney and professional entertainer John Coggeshall, CV International owner and CEO Wayne Coleman, and business attorney Richard Ottinger.
Mathews registrar Ruth Ann Hutson said that a date for the special election to select the 6th District senator hasn’t been set and that she has received no directive from the state regarding the matter.
As of yesterday, Democratic Attorney General candidate Mark Herring was 165 votes ahead of Republican candidate Mark Obenshain out of some 2.2 million votes cast during the Nov. 5 general election, according to the Virginia State Board of Elections website. For several days last week, the website reflected a 164-vote margin between the two candidates, but Obenshain’s total had dropped by one vote by Wednesday morning.