Tuesday, November 6, 2012
Virginia is still too close to call as precinct results roll in.
Update 10:04 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 7 - With all Virginia precincts finally reporting, President Barack Obama received 1,868,191 votes from Virginia voters, according to final but unofficial data from the Virginia State Board of Elections. That's 50.57 percent of the vote. Gov. Mitt Romney received 1,767,692 votes, or 47.85 percent. The three third-party candidates on the ballot received a combined 1.42 percent of votes, and write-in candidates the remainder. The race was too close late Tuesday night, even hours after multiple national news outlets called the race nationally. ------------- Original post, Tuesday, Nov. 6 updated 2 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 7 President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden were re-elected Tuesday night, …
Fairfax County's Office of Elections provided this update Tuesday about voting in Fairfax County.
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Incumbent Gerry Connolly (D) beats out challenger Chris Perkins (R) and four other candidates.
Final unofficial results around 1:14 a.m. Wednesday showed U.S. Rep Gerry Connolly easily outpacing Republican challenger Chris Perkins, with 60.06 percent of the vote to Perkins' 26.22 percent across the 11th District. Connolly won by at least 15 percentage points in all three of the 11th District jurisdictions, defeating Perkins 58.87 to 37.48 percent in Fairfax County; 55.36 to 40.44 percent in Fairfax City; and 65.91 to 30.11 percent in Prince William County, according to the State Board of Elections. As of 1:14 a.m. Wednesday, all precincts in the 11th District had reported their results. Update 10:31 p.m.: In a victory speech for several hundred people gathered in Tysons Corner, Gerry Connolly said voters in Virginia's 11th District…
Monday, November 5, 2012
The Green Party candidate for Virginia's 11th congressional District is fed up with politics in Washington. How would he change things up?
(Editor's note: One of the greatest powers Americans have is their right to vote. Patch respects that, and wants our readership to be as informed as possible before walking into that voting booth on Tuesday. With that in mind, this is the fifth in a series of in-depth interviews with candidates vying for Virginia’s 11th congressional District seat.) Playing hardball with China, reforming America's two-party political system and running as a third-party candidate were discussed this week in an interview with Joe Galdo, the Green Party candidate for Virginia's 11th congressional District seat. Galdo spoke with Patch from his home in Fairfax. Galdo, 66, has less than $10,000 campaign cash on-hand, and faces incumbent Democrat Rep. Gerry …
Thursday, November 1, 2012
Presidential candidates Barack Obama and Mitt Romney, Senate candidates Tim Kaine, George Allen canceled Virginia campaign events during Hurricane Sandy. Hours extended for absentee voting.
Hurricane Sandy upended the campaign schedules for the presidential race, Virginia's U.S. Senate race and congressional races, and put a temporary halt to some early voting and election officer training in the runup to Election Day next week. "I don't want anything to interrupt full participation in democracy as we head into this presidential election," said Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell, in a news conference with reporters Tuesday. Eight registrars across the state Tuesday were closed — including Arlington County, Falls Church City, Loudoun County and Manassas Park City — due to the storm and could not offer absentee voting. Fairfax County offered absentee voting at Government Center from 4 to 8 p.m. In Alexandria, at least one voting …
Reader asks fellow residents to vote for Fairfax County library bond on Nov. 6 ballot.
Thursday, November 1, 2012
To the Editor: Fairfax is a passionate community. We are passionate about our local businesses: nothing can compete with the number of local cupcakeries, or series of weekly farmers markets where we pick up our most prized possessions. We are passionate about our sports: our local high school rivalries fill stadiums weekly, and who can forget our love for the Redskins and the Nationals? And we are passionate about our education: thanks to public support, we have both one of premier public school systems and one of the premier library systems at our disposal here in Fairfax County and the City of Fairfax. But are we committed? We have reached a crossroads in the timeline of Fairfax where passion can only bring us so far, and we …
Friday, October 26, 2012
As voters weigh $25 million in bonds for library renovations on Nov. 6 ballots, two residents say there is "payback to all residents when these libraries are renovated."
Friday, October 26, 2012
To the Editor: There are a lot of choices we will make on November 6th, but there is one that will improve the quality of life for all Fairfax residents, and it is not subject to competing politicians or last minute veto. The authorization to issue $25 million of bonds to improve three public libraries and relocate one will result in changes that we can see, feel and enjoy. The John Marshall Community Library and Pohick and Tysons-Pimmitt Regional libraries will be renovated and brought up to current standards for modern libraries by upgrading building systems, computer access, and energy efficiency. In addition, quiet and group study areas will be added along with conference space. Improvements to building systems will save on energy …
Tuesday, October 23, 2012
Candidates discussed the Middle East, defense and more.
With Election Day fast approaching, President Barack Obama and Gov. Mitt Romney faced off in the third and final Presidential Debate Monday night. The debate, hosted by Lynn University in Boca Raton, Fla., focused mainly on foreign policy, including conflicts in the Middle East, the civil war in Syria and the Sept. 11, 2012, killings of four American officials in Libya. Romney congratulated Obama for successfully killing Osama bin Laden, but ultimately questioned his policies on the Middle East, charging that the unrest in Egypt and Libya had created a “rising tide of chaos.” He said America needed an expansive plan to handle the situation. “We can’t kill our way out of this mess,” Romney said. “We’re going to have to put in place a very …
Monday, October 22, 2012
Tell us: In last meeting before the Nov. 6 election, which presidential candidate performed best in Monday's debate?
President Barack Obama and Republican hopeful Mitt Romney met Monday night for their third and final debate this election season, this time coming to the same table to answer questions on national security, the war in Iraq and jobs overseas, among other topics. The candidates also sparred on military spending, with Romney making a case for an expanded Naval fleet in a plan to increase military spending. Obama, who says he's met with military leaders to develop a reduced budget for the country's armed forces, said Monday that Romney's hike is money "our military doesn't need," noting the country also has " fewer horses and bayonets." "We have these things called aircraft carriers and planes land on them. We have ships that go underwater, …
Wednesday, October 17, 2012
The Presidential candidates met for a town-hall style debate at Hofstra University in New York.
President Barack Obama and Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney sparred Tuesday night over immigration, the economy, energy production and foreign policy during the second of three Presidential debates before Election Day. The debate, held at Hofstra University in Hempstead, NY, went over the allotted 90-minutes and featured a number of sharp exchanges between the two candidates, who interrupted each other on more than one occasion. Virginia Voters React Delegate Scott Surovell (D-44th) was impressed with Obama’s performance Tuesday night, saying the president was “back” after his more restrained performance during the Denver debate two weeks ago. “Candy Crowley's instant fact checking of Mitt Romney on President Obama's Rose Garden …