Suffolk pushes primary candidates to victory

Published 8:41 pm Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Suffolk voters helped push three primary candidates to victory over their opponents in Tuesday’s elections.

Randy Forbes, Ella Ward and George Allen all won the nominations handily with the help of Suffolk voters.

Forbes and Ward will go on to face off for the Virginia Fourth District House of Representatives. Ward, a Chesapeake City Council representative, gathered 95 percent of the vote in Suffolk with all precincts reporting. She got about 86 percent of the Democrats’ district-wide with 95 percent of precincts reporting. She was challenged by art teacher and minister Joe Elliott.

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Forbes, the incumbent, garnered more than 90 percent of the Republicans’ vote in Suffolk, with his district-wide percentage being less than 1 percent lower. He had been challenged by Bonnie Girard.

In the race for U.S. Senate, George Allen claimed about 65 percent of the statewide vote over a slate of three opponents — Jamie Radtke, Bob Marshall and E.W. Jackson. Radtke was the strongest challenger, with about 23 percent of the vote. In Suffolk, Allen’s showing was even stronger than it was around the state — about 71 percent.