Early word is good news for Hunt

By Too Conservative

Update from VA Blogger: Hunt 955, Horinko 479, Nance 469. Hunt wins over 50% of the vote; turnout 1903, about 100 more than seven years ago in a shorter amount of time. Loooong line stretched all the way from the library to the street from 6:30 until the polls closed. More thoughts soon.


  • Rtwng Extrmst says:

    and where is that word from???
    BTW will the results be posted somewhere? The VA election page and FFX County page aren’t showing anything for this primary.

  • Too Conservative says:

    I’m hearing from sources.

    I’m on way to the event… Will keep updatesd as I hear.

  • Too Conservative says:

    1600ish total vote is the word

  • Rtwng Extrmst says:


  • David says:

    Rtwng Extrmst, this is a Republican party canvass (commonly referred to as a “firehouse primary”), which is a party-run nomination process. As such, the results wouldn’t be posted by the Virginia State Board of Elections or by the Fairfax County Electoral Board, since this is not a government-run primary election. However, I am sure that it won’t be difficult to obtain the results from the Fairfax GOP, the candidates, or the local blogs.

  • Rtwng Extrmst says:


    The VA BoE lists other primary results. They are using county voting machines… It seems logical that even if its a Party canvass, they would be interested in posting the results…

  • Rtwng Extrmst says:

    1600 turnout for a Party Primary sounds very high. If I remember correctly, the total voter turnout in the 2007 general for the 37th was 37K. That would puit this Primary turnout at around 4% of the total voter turnout in 2007, or about 8.5% of those that voted for Ken.

  • Too Conservative says:

    2000 votes is more accurate.

    Voting just ended.

  • Rtwng Extrmst says:

    5.4 and 10.8% respectively then. Clearly alot of interest in the electorate…

  • Too Conservative says:

    Hunt wins with 955. He got more than both the others combined.

  • Rtwng Extrmst says:

    Great news! Now lets go beat Dave Marsden!!!

  • Tobias Jodter says:

    I’m sure the number of votes would have been higher had it not been for the ridiculously long lines… we arrived at 7:40pm (traffic was god-awful – should have been there by 7:20pm) and left without voting. Had to pick-up the kids by 9:00pm and there was zero chance of that happening. Nice job by whatever idiot logisticians that planned this event…

  • NovaRep says:

    This is great news for Steve Hunt! I am glad he won the nomination and the right guy won tonight, despite what people were saying.

    Steve did win with 955 votes, more than both the other combined. Will has a future in politics and is very impressive. But, it shows money and fancy mailers don’t win elections…you need some credit to back up your “claims.”

  • Lovettsville Lady says:

    Great News! http://virginiavirtucon.wordpress.com/2009/12/01/congrats-to-steve-hunt-gop-nominee-for-the-37th-senate-dist/ I am thrilled that the right man won and won by such a huge margin. Steve will beat carpetbagger Marsden like a drum!

  • Anthony Bedell (FCRC Chairman) says:

    I agree with Tobias… whoever put this organized this nomination process should be fired.

  • anonymous says:

    Anthony- who did plan this? Was it the electoral board? Traffic was awful getting into the event and then when I arrived there was nowhere to park…

  • Anthony Bedell (FCRC) says:

    We did it… given the cards we were dealt on timing… it was the best we could do and I think Mike Thompson and Doug Boulter did an admirable job. In the end we moved 1,903 voters through one polling place in 4.5 hours.

    Of course Robinson would have been a whole lot better for parking etc. but it was booked. Centreville was the best/only option.

    We could have done two locations. However, in a quick turn around nomination we would have had massive confusion about where various people should have voted.

    We could not get the school any earlier in the day. And last night there were other school activities that clogged up the parking lot.

    We tried to get a Saturday but the best locations were booked, and if we waited it would have dragged the nomination process out and we needed to get our nominee in place as soon as possible to give them as much time as possible to secure victory.

    I hope that helps explain the back story.

  • anonymous says:

    Thanks Anthony! I guess planning any event in northern virginia for a weekday evening on that short notice would be difficult. Traffic is usually horrendous everywhere. Hopefully Steve Hunt will try to help change that when he goes to Richmond 🙂

  • KPS says:

    The line wasn’t that bad, we were in and out in an hour tops and we arrived at around 830pm. People have gone through a lot worse to vote. Great turnout and great work by the FCRC.

  • VA Blogger says:

    I certainly agree that the Election officials and the volunteers did an excellent job given the circumstances.

  • Tobias Jodter says:

    How about a) paying an LEO or 2 to assist in directing traffic? b) have a few volunteers helping to park cars and let people know what was going on once on the premises?

    Nonetheless, I will retract my intemperate comments and acquiesce to the assertion that this is the best that could possibly have been done.

  • Anthony Bedell (FCRC) says:

    It was problematic from the start… but we somehow got it done… and we will take away lessons learned and apply them to the next time we have a short sprint special election so the process is better.

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