Preliminary results show Updike wins reelection

Published 10:32 pm Tuesday, November 2, 2021

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The preliminary results from the Virginia Department of Elections on Nov. 2 indicated that Lynda T. Updike won reelection to the Newsoms District seat on the Southampton County Board of Supervisors.

Updike is completing a two-year term and is set to begin a four-year term with a victory Tuesday. She was being challenged for the seat by Walter D. “Walt” Brown III.

With all five precincts reporting, the VDE reports Updike received 529 votes to Brown’s 441, translating to a 54.54% majority.

“I’m grateful to the voters in my district for their votes and their vote of confidence in the job that the Board of Supervisors is doing,” Updike said Tuesday night. “And I’m thankful to my husband and my daughter and my three grandkids for their help and moral support. They’ve helped me knock on doors and hand out flyers and done some of my chores so I could knock on doors.”

Updike said they ate ice cream cones and celebrated Tuesday evening.

In the 75th District delegate race, with 16 of 16 precincts reporting in Southampton County, Republican challenger H. Otto Wachsmann Jr. won 65.3% of the vote to Democrat incumbent Roslyn C. Tyler’s 34.7%. 

However, with eight of nine precincts reporting in the City of Franklin as of about 10:15 p.m. on Tuesday, Tyler was earning 57% of the vote to Wachsmann’s 42.9%.

Districtwide, with 80 of 86 precincts reporting, Wachsmann was leading 14,475 to 13,032, giving him 52.6% of the vote to Tyler’s 47.3%.

Republican gubernatorial candidate Glenn A. Youngkin earned 64.97% of Southampton County’s vote with 16 of 16 precincts reporting. Democratic candidate Terry R. McAuliffe received 34.7% of the vote, and Liberation Party candidate Princess L. Blanding received 0.4%.

In Franklin, with eight of nine precincts reporting, McAuliffe was at 56.6%, Youngkin was at 42.9% and Blanding was at 0.5%.

Statewide, with 2,532 of 2,855 precincts reporting as of about 10:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Youngkin was at 52.17%, McAuliffe was at 47.03%, and Blanding was at 0.71%.