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Warner appears to win statewide; Gillespie favored locally

While the race for Virginia’s U.S. Senate seat was a close call statewide on Election Day Tuesday, with sitting Democrat Mark Warner apparently keeping his seat, Warner’s challenger—Republican Ed Gillespie—clearly appealed more to the local electorate.

Voter turnout was average Tuesday, and registrars in both counties reported no major issues at the polls.

Statewide, Warner was shown beating Gillespie by just 16,808 votes as of Wednesday morning, with 99.65 percent of the precincts reporting.

In Gloucester, Gillespie picked up over 63 percent of the vote, while Warner received just 34 percent and Libertarian Robert Sarvis trailed far behind, receiving just 2.5 percent of the vote in that county.

The results were similar in Mathews, with Gillespie capturing about 63 percent of the overall vote there, while Warner received 35.5 percent and Sarvis, 1.5 percent of the vote.

Meanwhile in the 1st District House of Representatives’ race, incumbent Republican...

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