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Black Bests McCabe in 13th Senate District

© Leesburg Today - 11/03/2015

State Sen. Richard H. ""Dick"" Black's opponent raised more campaign money in this year's election season than he did.

And Gov. Terry McAuliffe was directly targeting the 13th District race, even coming to Broadlands on Tuesday morning to campaign for fellow Democrat B. Jill McCabe.

But, in the end, Black, a Republican, was re-elected to his seat representing parts of Loudoun and Prince William counties. He captured 52.3 percent of the vote to McCabe's 47.5 percent, according to unofficial results Tuesday night.

The contest was one of a handful of Senate races being watched statewide, as McAuliffe and the Democrats tried to wrest control of the chamber from Republicans.

The GOP held its 21-19 edge, though, and maintained its even larger margin in the House of Delegates.

""Tonight's results reflect a major turning point for Virginia Republicans,"" said Republican Party of Virginia Chairman John Whitbeck, who lives in Loudoun. ""After years of struggling with infighting, the party is once again united behind the common goal of electing Republicans at every level of government.""

For his part, Black said that he was able to prevail despite being outspent because constituents know him in the district.

""It was just an enormously expensive race,"" the senator said.

He raised $780,616, according to the Virginia Public Access Project, which tracks money in politics. That would have seemed like a large total in years past in the Old Dominion, but McCabe hauled in $1.2 million.

The Democrat, a pediatrician and medical director of three departments at Inova Loudoun Hospital, issued a statement after the results were clear Tuesday night. She congratulated Black and thanked her supporters.

""Even though we came up a little short tonight, we sent a clear message to Richmond,"" McCabe said. ""We want common-sense solutions-for our schools, for our traffic congestion, for gun safety, for health care.""

Incumbents also won re-election in the other Senate districts that include part of Loudoun.

33rd District

Sen. Jennifer T. Wexton won a full four-year term Tuesday night after prevailing in a three-way race last year to fill the seat opened by the election of Mark D. Herring as Virginia's attorney general.

The Democrat garnered 56.6 percent of the vote to Republican Stephen B. Hollingshead's 43.2 percent.

Among the issues Wexton has said she would champion during the next General Assembly session are putting a focus on job creation and increasing investments in education and transportation.

31st District

Sen. Barbara A. Favola used a strong showing on her home turf in Arlington to offset more mediocre results in the Fairfax and Loudoun precincts of her sprawling district to win a second four-year term.

The Democrat picked up 62.2 percent of the vote to 37.6 percent for her Republican challenger, George V. Forakis.

Favola won nearly 75 percent of the vote in Arlington, which includes 29

of the district's 54 precincts and where Favola served for a decade on the County Board.

Sun Gazette Newspapers contributed to this story.

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