June 8, 2010
Supporters of Albemarle County supervisor Ken Boyd gathered at the Comfort Inn on Pantops Tuesday night hoping for a different outcome in the Republican primary but satisfied with the work they had done.
Boyd was one of seven candidates vying to earn the nomination to challenge Democratic U.S. Rep. Tom Perriello in November.
"I was hoping we'd have a bigger turnout than we did, but it was expected," Boyd said. "We knew that this was going to be a low turnout -- the time of year, schools have let out, people have gone on vacations."
About 35 people gathered at the Comfort Inn, where they learned shortly after 7:30 that state Sen. Robert Hurt won the election. Boyd, though, did win in Albemarle County, where he serves as a supervisor.
"We expected to win in Albemarle County, and I'm glad that we did. This is where our name recognition was high," Boyd said. "We didn't do the kind of fundraising that we needed to, and I didn't have the funds to personally finance a name recognition, TV, radio type things in the southern part of the district. It caught up with us. Unfortunately, politics is about money these days."
"There were those who had their own money, but in the campaign we did not. There were those who had considerable money from other sources we did not have," said Boyd supporter Pat Earle.
Boyd said that a lack of time and money didn't help him in this campaign, but said he wouldn't be opposed to another one in the future, so long as his wife lets him, and if that's the case, members of the "Boyd Brigade" are already on board.
"He's done wonderful things here in Albermarle County and he will go on to do wonderful things forever, whatever we ask him," said Earle.
Boyd said Hurt will get 100 percent of his support in the November election.
ALBEMARLE COUNTY RESULTS:
Robert Hurt: 23.79%
Laurence Verga: 8.00%
Ken Boyd: 33.18%
Mike McPadden: 19.88%
Feda Morton: 3.64%
Jim McKelvey: 10.67%
Ron Ferrin: 0.8%