Obama, Kaine top Virginia ballot

by Quinton Sheppard - Posted on Nov 07, 2012 - 12:46 PM

Photo: Voters at the Botetourt precinct at Botetourt Elementary School in Gloucester faced long lines throughout the morning Tuesday to cast their ballots. Photo by Quinton Sheppard

Voters at the Botetourt precinct at Botetourt Elementary School in Gloucester faced long lines throughout the morning Tuesday to cast their ballots. Photo by Quinton Sheppard

Photo: Samera Thomas, 18, of Mathews casts her first vote ever, for President Obama, on Tuesday as elector Fido Stephens looks on. Chesapeake District election official Allen Strigle said there had been no downtime all morning at Lee-Jackson Elementary School and that, as of 9 a.m., 302 people had voted. Photo by Sherry Hamilton

Samera Thomas, 18, of Mathews casts her first vote ever, for President Obama, on Tuesday as elector Fido Stephens looks on. Chesapeake District election official Allen Strigle said there had been no downtime all morning at Lee-Jackson Elementary School and that, as of 9 a.m., 302 people had voted. Photo by Sherry Hamilton

Although President Barack Obama recaptured Virginia’s 13 electoral votes on the way to a second term in the White House, voters in Gloucester and Mathews counties overwhelmingly showed their support at the polls Tuesday for his Republican challenger, Mitt Romney.

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.