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Halifax County rides GOP wave to elect Hurt

Halifax County residents turned out in large numbers to cast ballots in the mid-term election Tuesday, giving Republican Robert Hurt a victory here over incumbent one-term Democrat Congressman Tom Perriello.

Clear skies and bright sunshine added to the high level of interest in the race for the 5th District congressional seat Tuesday.

“The heavy turnout was consistent at all the county’s polling places,” said Halifax County General Registrar Judy Meeler.
The registrar said 430 absentee ballots were returned out of the 471 that were requested.

When the votes were counted, Halifax County supported Hurt with 6,252 votes, while incumbent Democratic Congressman Tom Perriello captured 5,450 votes, and Independent Jeffrey Clark garnered 241 votes.

In the House race, Hurt carried 14 county precincts, and Perriello carried eight.

As of press time at 8:39 p.m., the Associated Press had declared Hurt the winner in the 5th District. With 90 percent of the total precincts in the 5th District reporting, Hurt was leading with 52 percent of the votes cast, Perriello had 46 percent, and Clark had managed to capture 2 percent of the vote.

In Halifax County’s ED-5, voters gave K. Ronald Snead 1,023 votes of confidence for the Halifax County Board of Supervisors in yesterday’s special election.

Snead was appointed to fill James Edmunds’ expired term until Tuesday’s special election. Snead will serve one year until the regular ED-5 election in November 2011.

Halifax County voters overwhelmingly supported the first two constitutional amendments on the ballot — the two dealing with property tax exemptions — but failed to support the third amendment regarding revenue stabilization (rainy day fund).