Even after Delegate Scott Lingamfelter was declared the winner of November 6th’s 31st District House race, vanquished liberal candidate Bill Day still can’t catch a break. Early returns on Election Night showed Lingamfelter defeating Day 54% to 45.79%. But when all the votes were actually counted, Lingamfelter won 55.29% to 44.46% — almost an 11 point margin.
Lingamfelter racked up an impressive 30.48% margin of victory in Day’s home county of Fauquier. Ultimately, Day only garnered 39.77% in his home precinct and a paltry 27.69% in the Catlett precinct (a key battle ground in Fauquier County). These figures are astonishing considering that the Day campaign was shopping around a poll in August allegedly putting Mr. Day up 17% in Fauquier County! (Hint: fire that pollster.)
Lingamfelter also managed to defeat Day in Prince William County, besting Day by 45 votes out of 9,153 ballots cast. The Democrats were predicting a massive Day victory in Prince William and a Democrat surge that never showed its face. In fact, Lingamfelter was able to capture usual Democrat strongholds of Bel Air and Minnieville (home of Supervisor John Jenkins) and came within one vote of Day in Dale precinct. By comparison, Corey Stewart did not win these Precincts, although he was closer in Bel Air and Dale, another sign of Democrat weakness.
Another interesting figure was the final turnout numbers, with Prince William’s share of the 31st turning out at a rate of 28.26% as compared to an amazing 40.55% turnout in Fauquier, a number that buried rather than boosted Bill Day’s efforts. It should be clear, if it wasn’t at the beginning of this race, that Fauquier votes Republican and at least in this race, Prince William is not marching quickly toward being “blue.”
The winners and losers in this race are pretty clear:
Winner: Scott Lingamfelter, who was able to increase his margin of victory from his last contested campaign in 2005 against David Brickley, actually winning in Prince William. Lingamfelter won this race by 10.8% of the Prince William vote as compared to 9.97% against Brickley. All of this in spite of Democrats promising that Lingamfelter was one of their number one targets in Virginia.
Loser: Brian Moran and the Democrat Caucus. Moran and his sidekick Ward Armstrong were sucker punched into believing that Bill Day was a credible candidate and that the 31st District could go Democrat, something they tried hard to sell lobbyists in Richmond. Some of them bought it. The Democrat Caucus funneled thousands to Day that could have been used elsewhere.
Winner: The people of the 31st who proved that they are not politically gullible and cannot be bought off by slick talking, amnesty-loving, tax raising liberals out of Richmond.
Loser: Liberal Bill Day who learned a major political lesson. If you lie about who you are, what you are, and run a negative attack campaign including forging your opponents name, the people will see through you and reject your candidacy, even if you drop $100,000 of your oil money in the race.
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