Steady turnout in Tidewater on Election Day

Tidewater voters streamed into local polling places throughout the morning Tuesday.

With several statewide races on the ballot and area House of Delegates seats up for grabs, the turnout was better than expected for some precinct workers.

“Turnout is better than most off-year elections,” precinct chief George Cunningham said.

The precinct was averaging about 100 voters an hour, which is well above the average turnout in off years. The high stakes ascribed to the Virginia governor’s race may have convinced more people to turn out, Cunningham said.

As of 10:30 a.m., about 120 people had voted in the Sweet Hall Precinct, which has roughly 830 registered voters, said precinct chief Karen Funkhouser.

In New Kent’s Eltham Precinct, about 230 out of 1,237 voters had casts ballots, which was about average, precinct chief Mia Pollard said.

“I try to get out every time,” voter Cindy Sandelin said.

“I think that before we can do anything at the national level, the states have to do their job at their level,” said Cole Lipscomb, who cast his first gubernatorial vote Tuesday.

This year’s contests featured Republican incumbent Chris Peace and Democrat Cori Johnson vying for the 97th District seat, while Democrat Sheila Crowley challenged Republican incumbent Keith Hodges for the 98th District seat.

Republican Ed Gillespie, Democrat Ralph Northam and Libertarian Cliff Hyra sought the state’ governorship, while Democrat Justin Fairfax and Republican Jill Vogel battled for lieutenant governor and Republican John Adams challenged Democratic incumbent Mark Herring for attorney general.

Election results

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A rundown of how Tidewater-area residents voted will be included in the Nov. 15 edition of the Tidewater Review.

Jacobs can be reached by phone at 757-298-6007.

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