Democrats prevailed in statewide elections Tuesday for U.S. Senate and Congress, according to unofficial results reported by the Virginia Department of Elections.
The results were certified locally but are not scheduled to be confirmed by the state board of elections until Nov. 19.
Voters returned Sen. Timothy M. “Tim” Kaine to the post he has been serving since 2013. He beat out challengers Corey A. Stewart, a Republican, and Matt J. Waters, a Libertarian. Voters also selected Elaine G. Luria for Congress over Rep. Scott Taylor.
Voting was steady at Eastern Shore polls despite the on and off rain. In Accomack, absentee ballots were up, close to those of a presidential election.
An unofficial tally showed Kaine, (who was also the 70th Virginia governor and 38th lieutenant governor) with 56.87 percent of the votes statewide. Kaine was Hillary Clinton’s running mate in the last presidential election. Stewart received more than 41 percent of the ballots. Waters garnered 1.86 percent.
“I’m going to try to make you proud,” Kaine said in an address to fellow Democrats after winning the election. “I’m going to try to set an example of leadership when God knows we need some good examples … Let’s just live like ‘Virginia is for Lovers’ rather than Virginia is for judgers, or doubters, or haters … you guys sent a powerful message tonight about who we are.”
Stewart, chairman of the Prince William County, Va., Board of Supervisors, got the most votes in Accomack County, nearly 52 percent. Kaine followed with about 47 percent. Waters, a political fundraiser from Hampton Roads, lagged with just over 1 percent.
Kaine took more than 57 percent of the ballots in Northampton, followed by Stewart with nearly 46 percent and Waters with more than 1 percent.
Fifty-one percent of ballot-markers chose Luria, who served for 20 years as a surface warfare officer and nuclear engineer in the Navy. Taylor, the incumbent, received nearly 49 percent of the vote. In Accomack, more than 55 percent of voters picked Taylor. Luria took those votes in Northampton. Luria also won in Hampton City, James City County, Virginia Beach City, Norfolk City, and Williamsburg City. Taylor took Poquoson City and York County.
Voters in Virginia said, “Yes” to the constitutional amendment that asked, Should a county, city, or town provide a partial tax exemption for real property subject to recurrent flooding if flooding resiliency improvements have been made on the property? More than 73 percent in Accomack and more than 67 percent in Northampton agreed.
Voters also gave a nod for the spouse of a veteran, who was totally and permanently disabled, to move to a different primary residence and still get a real estate tax exemption. Accomack agreed with about 83 percent. More than 82 percent in Northampton voted in favor of the amendment.