Northern Virginia has been quite the battleground this primary season and has had more than it’s usual share of amusing campaigns. Here’s a roundup of some of the more interesting races as we head into tomorrow’s primary elections.
(my picks are in bold, in case you aren’t sure who to support)
13th Senate: In a race where John Stirrup, Dick Black and Bob Fitzsimmonds are all well qualified and equally conservative, this one boils down to who is most electable and on that point John Stirrup has the advantage. The question among many is whether Bob Fitzsimmonds can prevent Prince William County from having another Senator by drawing just enough votes to put Dick Black over the top in this tight race. My read is that Stirrup has a narrow advantage, but it all depends on who can drive turnout.
36th Senate: Watch Jeff Frederick absolutely crush Tito Munoz tomorrow in a race where one candidate understood the job he was running for, and another one was terminally confused about not only what a Senator does, but how a campaign is even run. Munoz isn’t even going to break 40% of the vote in this one, an embarrassing performance for a George Allen-backed candidate.
37th Senate: Steve Hunt and Jason Flanary face off in a race where Flanary seems to have the money, and Hunt seems to have the activists. Hunt seems to be ahead but this district can be pretty unpredictable.
39th Senate: This is a very tight race between Miller Baker and Scott Martin. Baker seems to be running the better campaign and probably has a slight advantage, but this one is going to be close.
10th House: Randy Minchew, John Whitbeck and Cara Townsend are vying for a nomination where the Russ Potts endorsed candidate Minchew seems to have all the resources. It’s amazing how someone backed by one of the most loathed RINOs in Virginia can establish traction in an election. Unless voters unexpectedly wake up from whatever intoxication is prompting them to do anything other than run Russ Potts out of town on a rail, Minchew is going to win this one pretty handily.
87th House: David Ramadan has run a strong campaign against the wacko nutcase Jo-Ann Chase whose only campaign strategy so far seems to be harassing people with baseless legal actions and claiming her opponent is a terrorist. Watch Chase get crushed when she discovers you can’t campaign like this in areas like South Riding where the electorate is relatively affluent and well-educated. This one could be a 60-40 blowout, but will likely be a bit closer than that. Hopefully this will mark the end of Chase’s disturbing participation in Loudoun County politics, but that would require an uncharacteristic likely moment of sanity.
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