Robert Hurt Wins 5th District Election

By: Jessica Jaglois Email
By: Jessica Jaglois Email

November 2, 2010

Republican challenger Robert Hurt was declared the winner in Virginia's Fifth Congressional District shortly before 9pm Tuesday night. Perriello conceded the race to Hurt a few minutes later.

About 300 supporters, volunteers and campaign staff members gathered in Downtown Chatham anticipating a Hurt victory. When it became clear that he would win the election, Hurt stepped into the Town Square to address his supporters.

"I want to thank all the good folks of Pittslyvania County, Danville, all up and down the entire Fifth District, for sending a strong message to Washington that we want renewed opportunity, we want renewed prosperity, and we want a renewed American Dream."

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).

Hurt added that he will continue to listen to and represent counties where he did not fair so well. Those counties include Charlottesville and Albemarle County.

On the losing side of the ballot was Perriello, who called Hurt and offered to help him make the adjustment into Congress. The Democratic incumbent from Ivy was unseated after serving only one term in the U.S. Congress.

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