Obama, Kaine top Virginia ballot
In the U.S. Senate race, Democrat Tim Kaine defeated Republican George Allen. Locally, voters once again sided with the Republican candidate. And in the 1st Congressional District contest, incumbent Rep. Rob Wittman (R-Montross) was reelected, receiving the support of a majority of Gloucester and Mathews voters.
In the only local contested race, Gloucester Sheriff Darrell Warren won a special election over independent challenger Clarence Bowser, receiving more than 88 percent of the vote.
Voter turnout in Gloucester and Mathews was estimated at 75 percent Wednesday morning, which was just a bit lower than in the 2008 presidential election.
Virginia voters chose President Obama over Romney by a 50.57 percent to 47.85 percent margin, a difference of approximately 100,500 votes out of 3.69 million ballots cast.
In Gloucester, however, nearly 63 percent of voters cast their ballot for Romney, while just over 35 percent showed support for Obama. Libertarian candidate Gary Johnson received just over 1 percent of Gloucester’s vote, while Virgil Goode, candidate for the Constitutional party and Jill Stein, candidate for the Green party for president, each received less than .5 percent of the county’s vote.