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Pulaski vote reflects state trend

Republican candidates swept the ticket in Pulaski County and much of Virginia in Tuesday’s general election, returning a Republican to the governor’s office for the first time in eight years.
In unofficial election results, Republican Robert F. “Bob” McDonnell received the support of nearly 59 percent of the state’s voters and just over 65 percent of county voters’ support to defeat Democrat R. Creigh Deeds.
State and county voters also selected Republicans in the race for Lieutenant Governor and Attorney General; and in the county race for Virginia House of Delegates, both incumbent Republican candidates were returned to office in the Sixth and Seventh districts.
In the local house races, Incumbent Anne B. Crockett-Stark (R-Wytheville) defeated Democratic candidate A. Carole Pratt of Pulaski both district-wide and among Pulaski County voters.
Although the margin of victory for Crockett-Stark was wider in the district (65 percent to 35 percent), in Pratt’s home base of Pulaski County the margin was narrower with Crockett-Start receiving support of 56 percent of the registered voters and Pratt 44 percent.
Locally, Crockett-Stark received 3,822 votes to Pratt’s 3,006. District wide the tally was 11,931 to 6,330.
Seventh District voters also chose to return Incumbent David A. “Dave” Nutter (R-Christiansburg) to Richmond. Throughout the district, Nutter received 9,808 votes (60 percent) to Democratic challenger Peggy H. Frank’s 6,490 votes (40 percent). Locally, 69 percent (1,252) of citizens qualified to vote in the Seventh District cast ballots for Nutter, compared to 31 percent (570) for Frank.
In other state races decided Tuesday:
• McDonnell received 1,157,672 votes to Deeds’ 814,032 votes statewide, while locally the margin was 5,689 to 3,043.
• Republican William T. “Bill” Bolling received 1,100,925 votes (56 percent) statewide to Democratic challenger Jody M. Wagner’s 849,294 votes (44 percent) in the race for lieutenant governor. Locally, Bolling received 63 percent (5,449) of the votes cast and Wagner received 37 percent (3,205).
• Republican Ken T. Cuccinelli II was elected attorney general when he received 1,116,994 votes (58 percent) in the statewide race to Democratic challenger Stephen C. Shannon’s 823,129 votes (42 percent). In Pulaski County, Cuccinelli defeated Shannon 5,585 votes (65 percent) to 3,039 (35 percent).
All figures are considered unofficial until the state election officials officially canvass them over the next few days.
Statewide, voter turnout was around 39 percent Tuesday. In Pulaski County, it was around 40 percent.
Pulaski County Registrar Kathy Webb said Tuesday that turnout in Pulaski County during the past two governor elections was around 48 percent.

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Pulaski vote reflects state trend

Republican candidates swept the ticket in Pulaski County and much of Virginia in Tuesday’s general election, returning a Republican to the governor’s office for the first time in eight years.
In unofficial election results, Republican Robert F. “Bob” McDonnell received the support of nearly 59 percent of the state’s voters and just over 65 percent of county voters’ support to defeat Democrat R. Creigh Deeds.
State and county voters also selected Republicans in the race for Lieutenant Governor and Attorney General; and in the county race for Virginia House of Delegates, both incumbent Republican candidates were returned to office in the Sixth and Seventh districts.
In the local house races, Incumbent Anne B. Crockett-Stark (R-Wytheville) defeated Democratic candidate A. Carole Pratt of Pulaski both district-wide and among Pulaski County voters.
Although the margin of victory for Crockett-Stark was wider in the district (65 percent to 35 percent), in Pratt’s home base of Pulaski County the margin was narrower with Crockett-Start receiving support of 56 percent of the registered voters and Pratt 44 percent.
Locally, Crockett-Stark received 3,822 votes to Pratt’s 3,006. District wide the tally was 11,931 to 6,330.
Seventh District voters also chose to return Incumbent David A. “Dave” Nutter (R-Christiansburg) to Richmond. Throughout the district, Nutter received 9,808 votes (60 percent) to Democratic challenger Peggy H. Frank’s 6,490 votes (40 percent). Locally, 69 percent (1,252) of citizens qualified to vote in the Seventh District cast ballots for Nutter, compared to 31 percent (570) for Frank.
In other state races decided Tuesday:
• McDonnell received 1,157,672 votes to Deeds’ 814,032 votes statewide, while locally the margin was 5,689 to 3,043.
• Republican William T. “Bill” Bolling received 1,100,925 votes (56 percent) statewide to Democratic challenger Jody M. Wagner’s 849,294 votes (44 percent) in the race for lieutenant governor. Locally, Bolling received 63 percent (5,449) of the votes cast and Wagner received 37 percent (3,205).
• Republican Ken T. Cuccinelli II was elected attorney general when he received 1,116,994 votes (58 percent) in the statewide race to Democratic challenger Stephen C. Shannon’s 823,129 votes (42 percent). In Pulaski County, Cuccinelli defeated Shannon 5,585 votes (65 percent) to 3,039 (35 percent).
All figures are considered unofficial until the state election officials officially canvass them over the next few days.
Statewide, voter turnout was around 39 percent Tuesday. In Pulaski County, it was around 40 percent.
Pulaski County Registrar Kathy Webb said Tuesday that turnout in Pulaski County during the past two governor elections was around 48 percent.

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