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Hurt Cruises To Win

State Senator Robert Hurt of Chatham emerged from a crowded Republican field yesterday to have the right to challenge incumbent 5th District Congressman Tom Perriello in the November general election.

The Associated Press called the election for Hurt at approximately 7:40 p.m. with Hurt leading all six of the other candidates by double digits.

In Halifax, the primary was not competitive with Hurt garnering over 70 percent of the vote.

With all the county’s precincts reporting, Hurt had garnered 1,211 votes.  His closest competitor was Moneta real estate developer Jim McKelvey with 291 votes or 17 percent.

Rounding out the field were Mike McPadden with 94 votes (5.5 percent), Ken Boyd with 50 votes (2.9 percent), Feda Kidd Morton with 30 votes (1.8 percent), Laurence Verga with 13 votes (.77 percent) and Ron Ferrin with 16 votes (.93 percent).

Hurt and his campaign were spending election night at a celebration in Danville at the Institute For Advanced Learning and Research. 

At press time, 290 of 309 precincts had reported from across the district, with Hurt having 48 percent of the vote, and McKelvey being his closest opponent at 25.7 percent.

Hurt had 16,556 votes to McKelvey’s 8,785.  McPadden had 9.9 percent, Boyd had 7.6 percent, Morton had 4.4 percent, Verga had 2.3 percent and Ferrin had 1.7 percent.

Hurt is a Chatham-based attorney and has served on the Chatham Town Council and in the General Assembly as the state senator from the 19th senate district.

He resides in Chatham with his wife, Kathy, and their three sons, Charles, Clement and John.