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Lines, Enthusiasm Mark Opening of Polls in 5th District

By: Jim Hanchett, Ruth Showalter Email
By: Jim Hanchett, Ruth Showalter Email

November 2, 2010

Fast moving lines and plenty of volunteers greeted morning voters as residents of the Fifth Congressional District made their choices Tuesday.

Albemarle County reported 65.04% voter turnout (39,943 of 61,407 active voters), while the City of Charlottesville reported 52.45% voter turnout (13,787 of 26,284 active voters). Comparatively, voter turnout was 59.76% in the County and 50.86% in the City for the 2006 Midterm Election.

If Albemarle County Precinct 604 is any indication, there's strong interest in the outcome of the heated race for Congress in central and southside Virginia.

At 9 a.m. Tuesday, about 30 voters waited in line. It wasn't a long wait as voters only had to decide the congressional race and three ballot issues behind the curtain.

Outside, supporters of Republican candidate Robert Hurt had a visible presence. They'd put up signs all around the entrance to the polling place at Brownsville School in Crozet. Fewer signs touted the campaign of Rep. Tom Perriello. The Democrat from nearby Ivy is trying to win a second term.

There was no indication of the campaign of independent Jeffrey Clark.

Brownsville should be a stronghold for Perriello. He won the precinct with 60% of the vote in 2008.

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