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McAuliffe takes Virginia, but Halifax County leans GOP

With 95 percent of the votes counted statewide Tuesday night at press time, Terry McAuliffe had declared victory while holding on to a slim lead over Republican Ken Cuccinelli in a very tight Virginia gubernatorial election.

The Associated Press, along with other state media outlets had declared McAuliffe the next governor.

McAuliffe had 47.18 percent of the vote at 10 p.m. compared to 45.97 percent for Cuccinelli.

Libertarian Robert Sarvis had polled 6.62 percent of the vote in an election that experienced a low voter turnout.

In Halifax County, McAuliffe
 received 3,907 votes to Cuccinelli’s 5,429 votes. Sarvis garnered 622 votes, according to unofficial county election returns.

Democrats also were declared victorious winning the second highest state office with Ralph Northam defeating Republican challenger E. W. Jackson for the lieutenant governor’s job.

Northam was leading Republican challenger Jackson with 95 percent of statewide precincts reporting last night at press time.

In Halifax, Northam totaled 4,720 votes to Jackson’s 4,861.

Republican Mark Obenshain was narrowly leading Democratic challenger Mark Herring in the attorney general’s race at press time Tuesday night with 95 percent of the precincts reporting.

Obenshain had 50.73 percent of the vote to Herring’s 49.15 percent. 

In the county, Obenshain garnered 5,776 votes to Herring’s 3,776.

Also sweeping to victory Tuesday was Republican James Edmunds II winning a third term in the Virginia House of Delegates to represent the 60th District easily defeating Farmville challenger Jasper Hendricks III by a sizeable margin. 

In Halifax County, Edmunds received 6,744 votes to Hendricks’ 2,918 votes.