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Live Updates: 2018 Primary Day in Virginia

Live updates throughout the day with feedback from Bearing Drift’s writers and voters around the Commonwealth along with predictions and anything else to do with election day. Be sure to tune in after the polls close at 7:00 p.m. for coverage of results and winners.

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List of candidates and voter info [1]

Vote! Bearing Drift’s poll for GOP U.S. Senate [2]: Nick Freitas, E.W. Jackson, Corey Stewart



That wraps it up. The Republican Party in Virginia has now nominated Corey Stewart to represent them against Democratic Rep. Tim Kaine. Will this be the straw that broke the camel’s back for those who have been on the sidelines hoping to see some rational leadership return to the party?

Stay tuned…..

8:54: Corey Stewart has been declared the winner for the nomination in the Republican U.S. Senate race.

8:50: With 96.65 percent of the vote, Stewart continues to pull away from Freitas.

Corey A. Stewart
131,392 44.76%
Nick J. Freitas
126,702 43.16%
E. W. Jackson
35,452 12.08%

8:35: AP has called it for Elaine Luria for Democratic primary in 2nd CD.

8:34: AP has called it for Vangie Williams for Democratic primary in 1st CD.

8:31: Corey Stewart just pulled ahead of Nick Freitas with 91 percent of the vote.

8:24: AP has called it for Jennifer Lewis in the 6th CD Democratic primary

8:22: Democratic primary in 6th CD: Jennifer Lewis predicted to win.

8:12: Republican primary in 10th CD: Rep. Barbara Comstock declared winner 59.3-40.7% Hill.

8:10: Winners declared so far….

Democratic primary in 7th CD: Abigail Spanberger declared winner RTD

Democratic primary in 10th CD: Jennifer Wexton declared winner by AP

Republican primary in 2nd CD: Scott Taylor declare winner by AP

7:40pm: The State Board of Elections has faster returns: https://results.elections.virginia.gov/vaelections/2018%20June%20Republican%20Primary/Site/Congress.html

7:32pm: So far it’s a horse race between Stewart and Freitas but only 25 percent of the vote has been counted.

7:30pm: Results have begun coming in as votes are being counted.

7:15pm: Primary elections were held in five states: Maine, Nevada, North Dakoda, South Carolina, and Virginia.

7:00pm: The polls have closed. A number of outlets will have results as the night goes on. Among them are vpap.com [8], Washington Post [9], and the Virginia Board of Elections [10].

5:15pm: From VPAP [8] — By 4 pm, Chesterfield County reported overall turnout (Dem + GOP) down 26% compared to June 2017 primary.

5:00pm: As of early afternoon, York County turnout was just over 3,800, about 8% of active voters.

4:45pm: As of 11am, Lynchburg reported turnout down across board compared to last June. Dems down 13%; GOP down 34%.

4:42pm: Well, it seems not everyone is slow today.  VPAP [15] reports that as of 4 pm an update from @LoudounCoGovt showed Republican turnout was up 35.1% compared to June 2017 primary; Dem turnout up 11.5%. Ballots cast so far today: 10,490 in GOP primary; 14,222 in Dem primary.

Loudoun’s high turnout may be due to the 10th Congressional race where there is a primary for both Republicans and Democrats.

4:40pm: One of BD’s writers was voter #40 at 3:07 at a precinct in Albemarle County.

4:00pm: Talk about a slow day at the polls … this has been one.

1:20pm: Talking with a friend who called it in this order:  Corey, EW, Nick.

11:30am: Columbia Precinct had 74 voters as of 11:30.

10:35am: Less than 50 voters at Churchville precinct in Augusta County at 10:35. No candidate signs; only “vote here” precinct signs. Augusta County’s congressional candidate, Ben Cline, was decided at the 6th District convention last month so there were only U.S. Senate candidates on the ballot. No write-in.


9:30am: Voter turnout still reported to be very light.

8:30am: Bearing Drift’s writers have thoughts on the primary results.

7am: Voter turnout so far is reported to be extremely light.

6am: Polls open.

Bearing Drift’s writers have thoughts on the primary results:

Prediction from BD writer Matt Walton … Corey 44, Nick 41, EW 15. Turnout: 200k

Second prediction … Corey 43, Nick 38, EW 19

Third prediction … Corey 51, Nick 33, EW 16. Low turnout and too-little-too-late out of the Freitas camp and his allies gives this to Stewart in one of the lowest turnout statewide primaries VA has seen in a while.