The tight race for Virginia’s governor seat followed in Westmoreland County on the night of elections.
Combining for a total of 4,231 votes cast in Westmoreland County, a mere vote separated
Republican Attorney General Ken T. Cuccinelli II being favored over Democrat Terry R. McAuliffe in the gubernatorial race.
Instead with over 98 percent of the precincts reported, McAuliffe was favored to become the next state governor with 971, 621 votes in comparison to Cuccinelli with 939, 965.
Liberatarian Robert C. Sarvis, who was also seeking to replace Republican Governor Bob McDonnell, received a total of 216 from Westmoreland followed by 16 write-in votes.
State Sen. Ralph Northam (D-Norfolk) received most of the votes from Westmoreland County with a total of 2,320 while Republican E.W. Jackson received 2,001. The two were vying for the position held by Lieutenant Governor Bill Bolling. On the state level, Northam received over 54 percent of the votes over Jackson.
In addition to choosing a new governor and lieutenant governor, voters in Westmoreland County voted in favor of Sen. Mark D. Obenshain (R-Harrisonburg) as the new attorney general with 2,181 votes. Sen. Mark Herring (D-Loundoun) received 2,128 votes and there were nine votes cast for write-ins.
Obenshain led the polls with 1,021,441 votes over Herring with 1,003,350.
Republican Margaret Bevans Ransone will retain her seat in the House of Delegates for the 99th District. She received a total of 2,940 votes from Westmoreland in comparisons to the 129 write-in votes. Ransone collected 16,909 of the state votes over the 1,082 write-ins.
Next year, local seats will be up for grabs including two on the Montross Town Council, three on the Colonial Beach Town Council, two on the Colonial Beach School Board and two for the U.S. Senate.