The State of NoVa, that tightly defined area composed of Alexandria city, Arlington, Fairfax, Loudoun and Prince William counties, further separated itself from its neighbors in RoVa (the Rest of Virginia) on Tuesday by going unanimously for Democrat Terry McAuliffe. Loudoun and Prince William, even with overwhelmingly Republican boards of supervisors, came in solidly blue across the board, also delivering large margins for the attorney general and lieutenant governor Democratic candidates. The three Virginia counties that border the State of NoVa — Stafford, Fauquier and Clarke — all stayed deeply red, with Ken Cuccinelli running up big margins and McAuliffe barely cracking 40 percent.
Here’s how the State of NoVa voted for governor:
|Alexandria||McAuliffe 72%||Cuccinelli 23%||Sarvis 5%|
|Arlington||McAuliffe 72%||Cuccinelli 22%||Sarvis 6%|
|Fairfax||McAuliffe 58%||Cuccinelli 36%||Sarvis 5%|
|Loudoun||McAuliffe 50%||Cuccinelli 45%||Sarvis 5%|
|Prince William||McAuliffe 52%||Cuccinelli 44%||Sarvis 4%|
In other NoVa election notes:
Loudoun and Prince William counties have developed their own little mini-States of NoVa, or blue outposts, or whatever you want to call them. In both counties, the more densely populated south and east portions of the county outvoted the geographically larger northern and central parts of their counties. On the left is Loudoun County’s vote for governor Tuesday. Will more development, as spurred by the Metro Silver Line and the proposed Bi-County Parkway, spread the blue deeper into the red areas? The Metro itself won’t go that far into Loudoun, but a ripple of associated housing could.
And now here’s Prince William County. The proposed Bi-County Parkway would also bring new development to a currently red area north of Manassas.
The Democratic vote for governor did not spill over much for state delegate races though. Only one Republican incumbent in our area, Mark Dudenhefer in eastern Prince William, was defeated, by Michael Futrell, though Tom Rust in Herndon was only 56 votes ahead of Democratic challenger Jennifer Boysko as of Wednesday morning. Newer Republican incumbents such as David Ramadan in eastern Loudoun and Barbara Comstock in McLean-Great Falls won close races, Ramadan by about 200 votes and Comstock by 400. Some had thought that Tea Party candidate Dave LaRock might be vulnerable to Democrat Mary Daniel, but the district of western Loudoun-Clarke-Frederick went overwhelmingly Republican. No Democratic incumbents were defeated and only Eileen Filler-Corn in Fairfax got less than 60 percent. The full list of contested delegate races is here, and clicking on the district number takes you deeper into the stats.
Speaking of Fairfax, Capt. Stacey Kincaid of the Fairfax sheriff’s office was elected the first woman sheriff in the office’s short 271-year history. This even though late financial reports show she was massively outspent by Republican candidate Bryan A. Wolfe. Wolfe loaned himself another $25,000 in October, bringing his self-financing total to $100,000, and his father-in-law, Alexandria dermatologist Joseph Kaufman, donated an additional $115,000 in October for a total campaign contribution of $165,000, plus $43,000 in in-kind contributions for advertising, for a grand total of $208,000.
Wolfe didn’t get into the campaign until August, and records show the Republican party offered him virtually no financial help, other than a late $1,000 from Rep. Eric Cantor and $1,000 from the Fairfax city Republican committee. Wolfe raised more than $314,000, but $308,000 was from himself or his father-in-law. Meanwhile, Kincaid had raised $121,000 through Oct. 23, but then received $64,000 from the Virginia Democratic Party in the last week of October. She also had been campaigning since the spring, was very visible in the growing immigrant communities, and she rang up a 54 to 39 percent win, with independents Robert Rivera and Chris DeCarlo each getting about 3 percent. This was a special election to replace former Sheriff Stan G. Barry, who retired mid-term, so Kincaid will have to run again in two years.
Elsewhere in NoVa, there is a new prosecutor in Alexandria. Bryan Porter, a top assistant to longtime commonwealth’s attorney Randy Sengel, ran unopposed. Sengel stepped down after 16 years in the job. In Arlington, Green candidate Audrey Clement polled 31 percent but could not topple incumbent Board member Jay Fisette, a Democrat who won 66 percent. Voters in Fairfax approved a bond to build schools, as they always do, and in Loudoun bonds for parks, public safety, roads and schools all passed easily.