Bath County’s Creigh Deeds easily won the Democratic nomination for governor in Virginia’s Democratic primary Tuesday, beating Washington insider Terry McAuliffe and Brian Moran, a former delegate from Northern Virginia and brother of Congressman Jim Moran.
Deeds surged ahead in the polls as election day closed in and will face Republican Bob McDonnell, who won a narrow victory over Deeds in the state Attorney General’s race four years ago.
Deeds carried Floyd County, winning 67.7 percent of the vote over his two rivals and also beat the Northern Virginians on their own turf. With nearly all precincts counted at 9:30, Deeds won 49.8 percent of the vote with his two opponents splitting the rest.
Jody Wagner also cruised to victory in the Lt. Governor’s primary, pulling 63.75 percent of the vote in Floyd County and 74 percent state wide.
Voter turnout in Floyd was 3.5 percent with 353 votes cast out of a possible 10,109. Statewide, turnout was 318,842 of 5,071,226 total voters (6.287%).
McAuliffe’s camp expected to win. They had the money plus the candidate’s past chairmanship of the Democratic National Committee (a post now held by current Gov. Tim Kaine) and his role as a fundraiser for both Bill and Hillary Clinton. But many saw McAuliffe as a Washington insider/carpetbagger trying to cash in on a tenuous connection with the Old Dominion.
Of the three, only Deeds had real Virginia ties.