Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Virginia State Elections 2011 - #3396 - Reeves Squeaks by Houck: 86 Vote Margin - The Daily Progress (2) Boyd Turns Back Neff - Daily Progress

Edd Houck, 28-year Democratic incumbent, narrowly lost to newcomer Bryce Reeves, a conservative Republican, in his re-election bid for the 17th Senate District on Tuesday.  As the final results trickled in after 11 p.m., Reeves emerged victorious by 86 votes. With results that close, a recount seems imminent.  Republicans appeared on the cusp of taking effective control of the Virginia Senate, with a 20-20 split, if the results hold, and Republican Lt. Gov. Bill Bolling as the tie-breaking voter.  The difference was 50.01 percent for Reeves and 49.82 percent for Houck.  “It’s too close to call,” said Houck’s campaign manager, Craig Bieber, around 11 p.m. Tuesday. “We are just trying to get the final results and we don’t have them yet.”  “People were looking for something else,” said Culpeper attorney Butch Davies, former state delegate, of local results. “I’m not sure what it was.”  As district results trickled in near midnight, Houck could not hold on to his seat; the race was a nail-biter to the end with Albemarle County, new to the district, among the last reporting precincts. A precinct in the city of Fredericksburg was the last to report.  After all was said and done, unofficial results had the Houck receiving 22,450 votes to Reeves’ 22,536. District 17 spans all of Fredericksburg and Orange and parts of Albemarle, Louisa, Spotsylvania and Culpeper counties.  In addition to Culpeper, the counties of Louisa, Orange and Spotsylvania all voted for Reeves, while Albemarle and the city of Fredericksburg selected Reeves.  Chris Leavitt, Reeves’ campaign manager, said they were “absolutely thrilled” with the victory.  Read more.........

Boyd Turns Back Neff - Daily Progress .......In the Rivanna District, Boyd tallied 56.56 percent of the vote to Neff’s 43.37 percent, or 2,933 to 2,249, with all precincts reporting.In the Rivanna District, Republican incumbent Kenneth C. Boyd defeated Democrat Cynthia Neff.......Neff said her loss to Boyd had left her confused and disappointed. By re-electing Boyd, Neff said, she thought voters had ignored some important issues.  “I’m befuddled,” she said. “I really think there were some important issues like open government, and I’m just disappointed those didn’t resonate with more people. There are more issues that need to be addressed, and the bypass is not the least of them.”  Like fellow Democrat Dumler, Neff spoke out against the bypass throughout her campaign. Boyd was instrumental in reviving the project at a Board of Supervisors meeting June 8.  Boyd could not be reached for comment after his victory Tuesday night.

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