Mitt Romney defeats Paul in Virginia’s GOP primary

by Quinton Sheppard - Posted on Mar 07, 2012 - 04:56 PM

Photo: Mathews Republican Party members DeWitt Edwards and Sue and Bob Sherrill, from left, greeted voters outside of Thomas Hunter Middle School during Tuesday’s primary election. While party representatives weren’t allowed to promote a particular candidate, Sue Sherrill confided that she personally voted for Ron Paul “to keep the fight going.” Photo by Sherry Hamilton.

Mathews Republican Party members DeWitt Edwards and Sue and Bob Sherrill, from left, greeted voters outside of Thomas Hunter Middle School during Tuesday’s primary election. While party representatives weren’t allowed to promote a particular candidate, Sue Sherrill confided that she personally voted for Ron Paul “to keep the fight going.” Photo by Sherry Hamilton.

Photo: It was a slow day at the Roanes precinct in Gloucester Tuesday for the state’s Republican presidential primary. Poll workers, from left, Lillian Cox, Joan Gattuso, Avis Ryals and Betty Todd, said that only a handful of voters had cast their ballots as of noon. Photo by Quinton Sheppard.

It was a slow day at the Roanes precinct in Gloucester Tuesday for the state’s Republican presidential primary. Poll workers, from left, Lillian Cox, Joan Gattuso, Avis Ryals and Betty Todd, said that only a handful of voters had cast their ballots as of noon. Photo by Quinton Sheppard.

Presidential hopeful Mitt Romney defeated Ron Paul by a 60 to 40 percent margin in Tuesday’s Republican presidential primary in Virginia, with local results in line with the state figures. Voter turnout across Virginia was extremely low, according to the State Board of Elections, with just over 5 percent of registered voters showing up to cast ballots.

Two of the four candidates still in the hunt for the GOP nomination—former speaker of the House of Representatives Newt Gingrich and former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum—were excluded from the Virginia ballot since they failed to satisfy all the requirements spelled out in State Code. Virginia was one of six states Romney, the former Massachusetts governor, won in this week’s Super Tuesday primaries and caucuses.

Romney captured the overall vote in both Gloucester and Mathews.

In Gloucester, voter turnout was just over seven percent, and Romney received 54.47 percent (1,016 votes) compared to 45.52 percent (849 votes) for Paul, a Texas Congressman.

Voter turnout in Mathews was not much higher, with just over eight percent of total voters showing up at the polls. In Mathews, Romney received 55.84 percent (320 votes) compared to Paul’s 44.15 percent (253 votes).