Here’s Democrats’ day-of reminder that the primary is being held today. You’ll be choosing between Sen. Creigh Deeds, Brian Moran, and Terry McAuliffe for governor. (By way of reminder, Sen. Deeds represents Charlottesville.) And for lieutenant governor the choices are Mike Signer and Jody Wagner. (There’s a third name on the ballot, but that candidate actually dropped out weeks ago, after the ballots were printed.) Polls are open until 7:00 PM, and you vote at the same polling place where you always vote. The Deeds fans among us can join him at The Omni this evening for what will quite probably be a victory party, starting at 7:30 PM.
Turnout is light, I suppose, but so far it’s really a lot better than most people had hoped. Albemarle is reporting 4.9% turnout of registered voters (so basically double that to get the turnout of Democrats) as of 1:00 PM, and I though we’d be lucky to get that for the whole of the day.
- Sen. Creigh Deeds and family stand on stage at The Omni after he accepted the Democratic nomination for governor.
10:35pm Update: Sen. Creigh Deeds has won the Democratic gubernatorial nomination by a very strong majority, garnering twice as many votes as his opponents. In Albemarle he got 79% of the vote, and 76% in Charlottesville. Jody Wagner won the lieutenant governor nomination handily, defeating Mike Signer with 74% of the vote statewide, with 55% of the vote in Albemarle and 66% in Charlottesville. Sen. Deeds will go on to face Republican Bob McDonnell in November’s election, while Wagner will face incumbent Republican Bill Bolling.