Vienna Votes: Romney Sweeps In Primary
Vienna turnout higher than state average, but lower than area average in 2008
About 62 percent of voters at Vienna precincts Tuesday gave their support to former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney in the Republican presidential primary, falling in line with the overwhelming support for Romney across Virginia.
But it was a marked departure from the overwhelming support area residents gave Ron Paul in the same election four years ago, when Paul beat Romney by just one vote in the Hunter Mill District and by a slightly larger margin in nearby Providence.
While voters this year turned out to Vienna precincts at rate higher than the state and county averages of about 5 percent or the Hunter Mill District average of 6.1 percent, not nearly as many residents voted this year as in the 2008 primaries.
Though Flint Hill and Wolftrap again saw the highest turnout among Vienna-area precincts, with 9.2 and 8.9 percent of voters casting ballots, respectively, they received only about half of the total votes cast in 2008.
Most Vienna precincts hovered around 6 or 7 percent. Newly-formed Precinct 204 saw just 50 votes, about 5.8 percent of its registered voters. The Tysons Precinct had the lowest percentage of voters turn out, with 4.3 percent.
Romney also won Fairfax County with about 65 percent of the vote.
Romney and Paul were the only two candidates to appear on the ballot Tuesday, but some voters like Vienna's Deb Maddrell weren't optimistic about Mitt Romney or Ron Paul securing the GOP nomination for the presidential race.
"But you have to vote anyways," she said.
Rick Santorum and Newt Gingrich, both Virginia residents, didn't meet requirements to make Virginia's ballot.
A look at how the candidates stacked up across Vienna:
||Active Registered Voters||%|
|Precinct 202, Flint Hill: Flint Hill Elementary School||
|Precinct 204, Madison: James Madison High School
|Precinct 213, Vienna No.1: Cunningham Park Elementary
|Precinct 214, Vienna No.2: Vienna Community Center||66
|Precinct 216, Vienna No.4: Cedar Lane School||41
|Precinct 218, Vienna No.6: James Madison High School
Precinct 219, Westbriar: Westbriar Elementary
|Precinct 226, Wolftrap: Wolftrap Elementary School ||92
|Precinct 704, Freedom Hill: Freedom Hill Elementary||37||89||
|Precinct 719, Stenwood: Stenwood Elementary School||23||39||63||991||6.4|
|Precinct 720, Thoreau: Thoreau Middle School||46||83||136||1,637||8.3|
|Precinct 729, Nottoway: Hunter House, Nottoway Park||75
|Precinct 731, Tysons: Providence Committee Meeting Room, 7921 Jones Branch Road, McLean||37||70||118||2,748||4.3|
|Precinct 733, Kilmer: Kilmer Middle School||81||125
| Vienna-area totals
|Ron Paul||Mitt Romney||Total Votes||Active
|Hunter Mill District||1,702||2,878||4,812||79,103||6.1|