Southampton supports Trump, congressional challengers

Published 11:11 pm Tuesday, November 3, 2020

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Southampton County residents showed a clear conservative trend in their voting on Election Day. The Registrar’s Office reported that 5,716 (58.81%) voted to re-elect Republican Donald J. Trump as president. Joseph R. Biden, the Democratic challenger, received 3,917 votes (40.30%), while Jo Jorgensen, Libertarian, got only 86 votes (0.88%).

Daniel M. Gade, the Republican challenger for a Virginia Senate seat, got 5,499 votes (57.33%) to incumbent Mark Warner’s 4,093 votes (42.67%).

Democratic incumbent A. Donald McEachin for the 4th Virginia District received 3,834 votes (40.82%), while Republican challenger Leon Benjamin Sr. got 5,558 votes (59.18%).

There were no reported write-ins for the presidential, senatorial or congressional candidates.

The only local contests were for town council in Boykins and Newsoms.

In the former, James “Hank” Fuller got 180 votes (89.55%); there were 21 write-ins (10.80%)

In the latter, Pete T. Twisdale II got 58 votes (46.40%). John Barham Carter, seeking to fill another vacancy, got 67 votes (53.60%); there were no write-ins.

For the Commonwealth’s two amendments, 6,464 people (69.33%) voted yes; and 2,859 (30.67%) said no to the first proposal, which would amend the state constitution and establish a redistricting commission.

The second proposal would enable veterans with 100 % service-connected disability to be free from paying state and local taxes on their vehicles, such as a car or pickup truck. The yes votes were 8,186 (87.27%), and 1,301 people (13.71%) said no.

As always, Voter Registrar Lynn Burgess stresses these results are unofficial. For example, the mail-in count could still go up, she said, as Virginia law allows absentee ballots to be counted through noon this Friday, so long as ballots are postmarked by Nov. 3.

STEPHEN FALESKI, staff writer, contributed to this story.