GOP holds ground in region

In a night that saw Democratic candidates defeat their Republican counterparts throughout much of Virginia, Republican members of the House of Delegates managed to mostly hold onto their seats in the Northern Shenandoah Valley.

In the northern parts of Frederick County, incumbent Republicans Randall Minchew and Dave LaRock ran in tight races. Democrat Wendy Gooditis defeated Minchew in the 10th District, while LaRock managed to keep his seat in the 33rd District in a contest against Democratic challenger Tia Walbridge.

But in the more southern parts of the region, Republicans easily held onto their seats. Chris Collins defeated his opponent Casey Turben with 64 percent of the vote in the 29th District.

After the results came in, Collins said he was glad to have been given the chance to keep serving in the House of Delegates.

“I want to compliment my opponent Casey Turben, who ran an excellent campaign and had the strength to put his name and reputation forward for public office,” Collins said.

In a statement, Turben praised his opponent, Chris Collins.

“I would like to congratulate Chris Collins on his victory and I wish him and his family much good luck and success as he fulfills the duties our district has entrusted him with over the course of the next two years,” Turben’s statement reads. “I’m proud of the clean sweep for the [statewide] ticket and look forward to the positive impact they will make for our district.”

Michael Webert, meanwhile, held onto his seat in the 18th District against Democratic candidate Tristan Shields. Webert captured around 60 percent of the vote.

His campaign manager, Andrew Loposser, thanked his volunteers for their help.

“We just want to say thanks to all our hardworking volunteers and the community to ensure that we serve another two years in the House of Delegates and we really appreciate all of the support,” Lopossor said.

Shields did not respond to a request for comment.

The House of Delegates unofficial results mirrored the Republicans’ performance in other races across the region. Although the Democratic candidates for governor, lieutenant governor and attorney general all won their statewide elections, Republicans won two-thirds of the votes throughout the region.

Jill Vogel, the Republican candidate for lieutenant governor with ties to the region, received 70 percent of the vote in Frederick, Warren and Shenandoah counties, according to data from the Virginia Department of Elections.

Ed Gillespie and John Adams, the Republican candidates for governor and attorney general, respectively, finished with slightly lower numbers in the region than Vogel but still received upwards of 66 percent of the vote.

But the votes in the region did not carry either of the three statewide candidates forward to victory. Vogel and Adams lost their races while holding onto around 47 percent of the vote, while Gillespie received around 45 percent of the vote across the state.

Vogel did not respond to a request for comment.

In Frederick County, unofficial local election results saw incumbents easily maintain their seats. Shannon Trout won the Frederick County Shawnee District Board of Supervisors contest with around 63 percent of the vote, while Jay Foreman kept  his seat on the school board with 55 percent of the vote.

In a race between two non-incumbents, Shontya Washington and Linda Fenner are locked in a close race. As of 10 p.m. Tuesday, Washington had 1,632 votes, compared to Fenner’s 1,627 votes, according to unofficial results.

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