State GOP Elections See Low Voter Turnout

By: Audrey Pernik Email
By: Audrey Pernik Email

June 13, 2007

The candidates have been chosen in the GOP primary races.

Virginians voted on GOP candidates across the Commonwealth on Tuesday, but the turnout wasn't so favorable. Only five percent of eligible voters cast their ballots in Tuesday's primaries.

Several incumbents were voted out by their party. Experts say in most cases, a more conservative candidate replaced a moderate incumbent.

"Usually a moderate incumbent who had voted for the tax compromise package under Mark Warner, the criticism being that they had sort of left the Republican party behind, raised taxes, and they weren't really representing their Republican constituents," said Matt Smythe of the UVa Center for Politics.

Smythe added that that was not the case in the 24th District Senate seat. Emmett Hanger held on to his seat for the nomination.

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