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37th Special Election On Tuesday

By Greg L | 30 November 2009 | Fairfax County, Virginia Senate | 7 Comments

On Tuesday evening Republicans will select their nominee for the special election in the 37th District and all indications are that Steve Hunt is heavily favored to win.  Hunt has an impressive list of local endorsements, has maintained an enormous lead in our online poll, and as the only candidate with a record as an elected official has garnered the unanimous support of Northern Virginia conservative bloggers.  The “firehouse primary” that will determine the nominee will be conducted from 6-10PM on Tuesday night at Centreville High School, and the winner will face off against Dave Marsden in a general election in January. 

If you’re in this district, you need to be there.  Voting will be light to say the least, which opens the door somewhat for his well-funded challenger Marianne Horinko to push a big get-out-the-vote effort and try to grab a last-minute win, while Hunt’s other opponent Will Nance seems to be lagging.  “Firehouse primaries” are always a turnout game, sometimes decided by just a handful of votes, making the participation of each voter even more crucial than in a general election.  Although Hunt seems to have the momentum and the energy of the Republican base, there have been surprises before that upset the conventional wisdom.

Meanwhile, Marianne Horinko has a fund raiser actually planned for two days after the special election (which doesn’t bode well for her campaign operations) and Dave Marsden is reportedly still sleeping away from his family in a rented room in the district as some Democrats continue to deride his carpet-bagging efforts.  If Hunt delivers a strong win on Tuesday that unifies Fairfax Republicans, fractured Democrats aren’t likely to give someone like Dave Marsden the support he’d need to overcome the huge level of support Steve Hunt is gathering.

So far in the 37th District, things are looking pretty good for Republicans as Hunt clears the field of challengers and demoralized Democrats continue to wonder why they didn’t see this election coming and do something — anything — to prepare for it.

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  1. NotBVBL said on 30 Nov 2009 at 6:40 pm:
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    I don’t know what you guys have been smoking the past few years. Mike Thompson in 2002. Great list of endorsements. Guess who won. Brian Moran this year. Great list of endorsements, guess who won. Endorsements mean jack in a firehouse its about who you contact and how hard you work. All I know I have seen more from the Horinko and Nance campaigns then I have ever seen from the Hunt campaign.

  2. Gnarly said on 30 Nov 2009 at 7:14 pm:
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    Steve Hunt has the conservative base as his core of support. His list of supporters are not necessarily big name people, but I recognize most as people who have a network of people that will certainly be turned out to vote.

    We really need Steve to win this nomination. The GOP has finally shed some of our Senators who tended to be the problem and not the solution (Chichester, Stolle, and Devolites). Now we finally have a guy here who is comfortable in his own skin and truly believes in the common-sense, conservative principles he espouses.

    And NO!!! …Before I get accused of it…I don’t work for his campaign.

  3. Christie Todd Horinko said on 30 Nov 2009 at 9:14 pm:
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    The type of voters that attend a firehouse don’t appreciate a whackjob like horinko trying to mcauliffe the nomination. She can spend thousands of dollars pretending to be a conservative and a grassroots person, but no one is buying that nonsense.

    Hunt has good endorsements but he also has grassroots support. Spending 150k and filling people’s mail boxes with boilerplate bs doesn’t mean you’re working hard–just that you have a bigger checkbook. Hunt may have limited resources, but he has activists Republican behind him.

    Horinko should stick to advancing global warming nonsense.

    I can’t wait to see how much horinko will spend per vote. $300? $450? Who knows.

  4. Greg L said on 1 Dec 2009 at 1:16 am:
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    Noticed this on Virtucon, which may be of interest:

    Republican Liberty Caucus of Virginia Endorses Steve Hunt in the 37th State Senate Special Election

    Hunt is the liberty minded choice in the Special Election to fill Ken Cuccinelli’s seat.

    Centreville, Va.–Members of the Republican Liberty Caucus of Virginia have endorsed Steve Hunt in the Republican firehouse primary, which will be taking place on December 1, 2009 at Centreville High School from 6-10 p.m. This is to fill the open seat that was previously held by Ken Cuccinelli. Hunt is the only Republican candidate, who will fight for the principles of limited government and lower taxes.

    Republican Liberty Caucus of Virginia Chairman Matthew Gagnon said, ”Ken Cuccinelli was an important advocate for liberty in the Virginia Senate, and it is vitally important that his replacement continue to champion those same values–specifically limited government, free enterprise, low taxes and personal freedom. Steve Hunt is such a person, and the Republican Liberty Caucus of Virginia strongly believes in his candidacy. We enthusiastically endorse Mr. Hunt, and will work hard to see him elected.”

    The Republican Liberty Caucus of Virginia was chartered in 2007 and has worked tirelessly throughout the Commonwealth to promote the principles of individual liberty, personal responsibility, and limited government within the Republican Party.

  5. Laura said on 2 Dec 2009 at 12:24 pm:
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    I voted last night, along with thousands of others who turned out for this special election. I cannot locate the results, however. Does anyone know who won??


  6. Greg L said on 2 Dec 2009 at 1:12 pm:
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    Results are at http://www.bvbl.net/index.php/2009/12/01/watching-the-37th/

    Steve Hunt pulled off a big win.

  7. Laura said on 2 Dec 2009 at 1:31 pm:
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    Thanks for the response, Greg. Go Steve Hunt! :)

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