June 8, 2010
State Sen. Robert Hurt was announced as the winner in the Republican primary for the 5th District Tuesday evening, with more than 99 percent of the precincts reporting.
Hurt has won the right to face U.S. Rep. Tom Perriello in November's general election. The Associated Press made the call around 7:45 p.m. Tuesday, just 45 minutes after the polls closed.
Hurt said now that the primary is over, he and his team can concentrate full time on raising funds to go toe-to-toe with Perriello.
"Now that we can focus on this race 100 percent, as Mr. Perriello has been doing since he was in 2008, then we can get to work," Hurt said Tuesday night. "And I think that we will be able to go toe to toe with him. I have no doubt about it."
He acknowledged, though, that he has a long road ahead.
About 150 people gathered at the Institute for Advanced Learning and Research in Danville, where Hurt spoke after winning. Hurt also received a congratulatory phone call from Perriello, his November challenger.
Hurt entered the race with superior fundraising and a legislative district that spanned one-fifth of the central and Southside Virginia congressional district.
But his victory means that he will face not only Perriello, a target of conservatives for his steady support of President Barack Obama's health reform and energy bills, but conservative independent Jeff Clark running to his right this fall.
"In the last eight months that we traveled across the 5th District, we picked up support in all quarters - among Republicans, among independents, and we picked up support among folks who identify themselves as tea party people," Hurt told The Associated Press in a telephone interview Tuesday night.
Support for Clark among restive tea party activists throughout the rural district could dilute the conservative vote and give Perriello a second term with a plurality.
The other candidates in the race were Jim McKelvey, Ken Boyd, Feda Morton, Ron Ferrin, Laurence Verga and Mike McPadden.
Robert Hurt: 48.44%
Jim McKelvey: 25.84%
Mike McPadden: 9.74%
Ken Boyd: 7.40%
Feda Morton: 4.64%
Laurence Verga: 2.27%
Ron Ferrin: 1.66%
ALBEMARLE COUNTY RESULTS:
Ken Boyd*: 33.18%
Robert Hurt: 23.79%
Mike McPadden: 19.88%
Jim McKelvey: 10.67%
Laurence Verga: 8.00%
Feda Morton: 3.64%
Ron Ferrin: 0.8%
*Albemarle County supervisor
5,219 voters out of 67,898 total cast their ballots, or 7.69% of active voters.
Robert Hurt: 29.89%
Mike McPadden: 20.03%
Ken Boyd: 18.08%
Jim McKelvey: 14.94%
Laurence Verga: 8.78%
Feda Morton: 6.16%
Ron Ferrin: 2.5%
649 voters out of 27,660 total cast their ballots, or 2.35% of active voters.
Pat Mullins, chairman of the Republican Party of Virginia, issued the following statement:
"I want to offer my heartfelt congratulations to Sen. Robert Hurt for winning the Republican nomination in Virginia’s 5th Congressional District. I know that Robert will be an excellent Congressman, and will represent the 5th District well in the coming years. But I also want to thank the other six candidates for their efforts.
"There were times when Virginia Republicans didn't have a very deep bench to work from — sometimes it wasn't a bench, it was a stool. But that's certainly not the case in the 5th District. When faced with disastrous leadership in Washington, D.C. and a Congressman who has blatantly voted against the will of the people time and time again, an unprecedented number of candidates answered the call to public service. To all of them, I offer my sincerest thanks.
"Any one of these men and women would have been better for the 5th District than Tom Perriello. From his first day in office, Perriello has shown himself to be inseparable from Nancy Pelosi and her liberal agenda. Whether it was Obama's red-ink soaked budget, cap and trade, the GM bailout or the $1 trillion 'stimulus' we've borrowed from China and our grandchildren, Perriello has been there every step of the way, digging the hole deeper with every vote. He voted not once, but twice for the federal takeover of our health care system despite overwhelming opposition to it in his district.
"Now, the voters have spoken, and Republicans all across the 5th District will stand united behind Robert Hurt as he moves on to November, when we will finally pink slip Tom Perriello. The Republican Party of Virginia is looking forward to being a partner with Robert Hurt in the months ahead, pink slipping Perriello, and replacing Nancy Pelosi as Speaker.”
One of Hurt's challengers, Feda Morton, released this e-mail:
I wish to congratulate Senator Robert Hurt on his win today for the Republican nomination for Congress in Virginia's 5th District. It was a hard fought win in a race that was not always clean but his campaign stayed true and today he is our nominee. I look forward to working with Sen. Hurt in beating Tom Perriello this November.
I want to thank each and every one of my supporters for their hard work throughout these months. It has been a long campaign and has had its good moments as well as its bad, but through it all it was your support that helped keep me strong and moving forward through the end.
Thank you for your support. Thank you for your vote. Thank you for fighting the good fight on the values we all hold so dear.
Feda Kidd Morton