Webb Beats Miller in Election

By: Autria Godfrey
By: Autria Godfrey

June 14, 2006

It was election day today in Albemarle County. Democrats James Webb and Harris Miller went head to head, but only one was given the chance to challenge Republican senator George Allen.

After what was expected, and turned out to be a low turnout for voters, James Webb beat Harris Miller by just 4%. Webb will now challenge Republican George Allen in November for the seat in the U.S. Senate.

Governor Tim Kaine made it to the polls in Richmond to cast his vote early Tuesday morning. Though officials predicted this to be a dismal day at the polls, some citizens were disappointed in the lack of support. When the polls closed at 7 p.m. Tuesday night, the final overall voter turnout was a disappointing 2.8%.

"I don't know why, it's an important race, two guys that are pretty different," Tim McKeon said.

Jonathan Schnyer added, "You don't have much to complain about if you don't vote."

Even though the low numbers were predicted, they were still surprising considering how much both candidates differ in both viewpoints and backgrounds. Miller is a former Internet lobbyist who tries to appeal to true democratic ideals. Webb, on the other hand, is a former navy secretary under President Ronald Reagan, and is endorsed by nine Senate Democrats including 2004 Presidential nominee John Kerry.

Current Republican Senator George Allen is running for re-election to the Senate in November but, also has his sights set on winning the GOP presidential nomination in 2008.

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