Published 10:26 pm Tuesday, November 3, 2009
Tuesday night held little drama for many in the area, as statewide races and even those locally were decided early in the evening.
But results Tuesday night did prove somewhat surprising in Suffolk, as city voters selected a Republican governor for the first time in many years, contributing to a Republican trouncing of the statewide offices.
In a city easily carried by the Democrats in last year’s national election, Republican candidate Bob McDonnell continued his statewide dominance, carrying Suffolk with over 56 percent of the vote. In fact, of Suffolk’s seven boroughs, the Democratic candidate Creigh Deeds carried just the Nansemond and Cypress boroughs.
Of the 23 precincts, McDonnell won 17 of them, including the absentee ballots.
In fact, the race for governor was so lopsided that the Associated Press “called” the race shortly after polls closed at 7 p.m. As for Deeds, he offered his concession shortly before 9 p.m.
“I congratulate my opponent, Bob McDonnell, and I look forward to maintaining my longstanding record of reaching across the aisle and working together to create workable solutions for the challenges we face,” Deeds said in his concession. “I wish tonight’s results were different. But now is not the time for bitterness, or retreat into our partisan corners — it’s time to overcome that disappointment with our determination to build a better Virginia, together.”
As for race for lieutenant governor, Suffolk followed the majority of Virginia by backing Republican nominee Bill Bolling with 53 percent of the vote. Suffolk voters also backed the Republican candidate for attorney general, Ken Cuccinelli II.
The Republican sweep in Virginia had been depicted by many political experts as the first test of the Obama administration. President Obama had campaigned in Virginia on behalf of Deeds in recent weeks, including a stop last week at Old Dominion University.