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Despite the elements, special senate election in full swing

A little snow – likely to be a lot of snow by day's end – isn't keeping voters in the Virginia Senate 33rd District away from the polls, according to campaign officials with 33rd District candidates.

The special contest between Republican John Whitbeck, Democrat Jennifer Wexton and Joe May, running as an independent, is being held to fill the seat vacated by new Attorney General Mark Herring (D).

Adam Zuckerman, a Democrat assisting “get out the vote” efforts for Wexton's campaign, said this morning about 10 voters were around when he voted at 6:01 a.m. at his Sterling precinct. Zuckerman, who also worked on Herring's attorney general campaign, said the Wexton campaign has been pleasantly surprised with the action at the polls, considering the weather.

By 10 a.m., turnout at most Loudoun County precincts hovered around 9-11 percent, according to Jon Conradi, a May campaign spokesman.

Conradi said his campaign was predicting today's turnout to be around 20,000 prior to news of the snowstorm.

The 33rd District spanning large sections of Loudoun County and western Fairfax County holds more than 105,000 voters.

In 2011, a low-turnout 33rd District election saw slightly more than 25,000 voters cast ballots. Given the special election date and the snowstorm, it's unlikely today's figures will surpass those of 2011.

Additional information about the election, including a link to a map of the 33rd Senate District and a list of the precincts involved in the election, is online at http://www.loudoun.gov/vote.

Past coverage: Va. Senate balance at stake in 33rd District special election

-Trevor Baratko


I worked the polls for Whitbeck at Claude Moore Rec Center for a couple of hours this morning before succumbing to the cold. There was a Wexton person there for a very short while, and I didn’t see anybody from the May campaign.

This type of weather is normally golden for hard-core Rebublican supporters. But with May in the race, who knows?

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