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Posted at 11:43 AM ET, 11/10/2011

Write-ins could have tipped Northern Virginia House race

Sara Dina, a stay-at-home mother of four who opposes abortion, wanted to register her opposition to Del. Mark Sickles, a pro-abortion rights Democrat running unopposed in Fairfax County. So she wrote in someone else: herself.

Confused by redistricting, Gillian Quintana thought she could vote for state Sen. Chuck Colgan (D) but learned at her Manassas polling place that he was not on her ballot. So she wrote in Colgan.


(John Albino - David I. Ramadan)
The next time voters think about going the write-in route — not because there’s a viable write-in campaign out there, but just to make a point — they should consider this:

Republican David Ramadan beat Democrat Mike Kondratick for a new Northern Virginia House seat by just 50 votes, according to Virginia State Board of Elections figures.

There were 63 write-in votes in that race.

Ramadan said Thursday that his margin of victory had widened — but only by one vote. He said he picked up four votes in the district, which covers parts of Loudoun and Prince William counties, when local election officials reviewed the results Wednesday, while Kondratick gained three.

(The state board had not updated vote totals in that race since shortly after midnight on election night. Board spokeswoman Susan Pollard could not immediately confirm the results of the canvass. The board will not formally certify election results until Nov. 28.)

In any case, Ramadan said the race confirmed one thing: “Every vote counts.”

By  |  11:43 AM ET, 11/10/2011

 
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