Sen. Kaine takes a shellacking in SW Va. but wins re-election

Stephen Igo • Updated Nov 6, 2018 at 10:15 PM

WISE — In spite of a solid thumping from voters in Virginia’s westernmost counties, incumbent Democrat Sen. Tim Kaine was sailing toward a fairly comfortable re-election over Republican challenger Corey A. Stewart Tuesday.

Republican 9th District Congressman H. Morgan Griffith also cruised to a Southwest Virginia re-election romp over Democrat challenger Anthony J. Flaccavento.

With more than 91 percent of precincts reporting statewide late Tuesday, Kaine had 55.6 percent of the statewide vote (1,511,176 votes) to Stewart’s 42.38 percent (1,151,632).

With more than 96 percent of the precincts across Southwest Virginia’s sprawling 9th Congressional District reporting, Griffith had collected 65.29 percent (152,982 votes) to Flaccavento’s 34.62 percent (81,125).

Lee County voters expressed a clear preference for Stewart over Kaine by 74.68 percent (5,099 votes) to 24.53 percent (1,675). Griffith was likewise favored in Lee by 74.57 percent (5,018 votes) to Flaccavento’s 25.39 percent (1,739).

Scott County voters favored Stewart by 77.43 percent (5,824 votes) to Kaine’s 21.63 percent (1,627), similar to the support shown Griffith (77.6 percent, 5,865) over Flaccavento (22.32 percent, 1,687).

Also in Scott County, there was no surprise as voters endorsed Andrew L. Johnson as commonwealth’s attorney. Johnson ran unopposed and received 97.17 percent of the votes to 168 write-in ballots (2.83 percent).

Wise County voters also went heavily for Stewart at 72.96 percent (7,991) to Kaine’s 26.09 percent (2,858), as well as Griffith at 73.03 percent (8,022) to Flaccavento’s 26.88 percent (2,953).

Norton voters favored Stewart 61.11 percent to Kaine’s 37.16 percent (671-408 votes), a similar margin favoring Griffith at 62.07 percent to Flaccavento at 37.66 percent (684-415).

Norton City Council incumbents were ushered into new terms with Joseph E. Fawbush the top vote getter at 800 (30.59 percent), followed by William J. Mays with 673 (25.74 percent) and Delores J. “Dee” Belcher barely eking out the third available seat over G. Scott Addison Jr., with Belcher at 581 votes (22.22 percent) to Addison’s 561 tally (21.45 percent).

Cody A. McElroy led the four-candidate field for Norton School Board with 774 votes (29.02 percent), followed by Carol B. Caruso (729, 27.33 percent) and James Wesley Campbell (679, 25.46 percent) taking the other two available seats. Joe Brian Stallard (465, 17.44 percent) trailed the field.

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