November 2, 2010
When Tom Perriello was first elected to United States Congress two years ago, the party stretched long into the night and so did the vote counting. However, the party was over almost before it began this time around.
With 100% of the precincts reporting, the final tally was 50.75% for Hurt (119,241 votes) to 47.05% for Perriello (110,561 votes). Independent Jeffrey Clark lagged far behind with 2.11% (4,973 votes).
Around 200 supporters of Congressman Tom Perriello gathered at Siips Wine and Champagne Bar on the Downtown Mall in Charlottesville to watch the poll results.
Republican challenger Robert Hurt was declared the winner shortly before 9pm Tuesday night and Perriello conceded the election around 9:15pm. Perriello told the crowd he will not abandon residents of the Fifth District, and is already looking for other opportunities to serve them.
"It has been a great honor of my life to serve the people of Central and Southern Virginia for the last two years. I have given it everything that I've got," said Perriello.
Shortly after the election outcome was determined, Perriello called Hurt and offered to help him make the adjustment into Congress.
"I congratulate Senator Hurt and, along with my team, will do everything we can to ensure a smooth transition. It has been a tremendous honor to serve the people of the 5th district and I am so proud of the work we've done. I'll continue to find ways to serve my community and my country with anyone from any party or organization who is serious about rebuilding the middle-class and the next great American decade."
While he may have lost re-election in the Fifth District Tuesday, Perriello gave no indication he's done with politics. In fact, he plans a "Thank You Fifth District" tour on Thursday.