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Republican win of 22nd Senate seat ensures GOP majority

Posted on Thursday, January 12, 2017 at 8:00 am

election.resultsVoters of the 22nd Senate District overwhelmingly chose Lynchburg attorney Mark Peake to fill Tom Garrett’s vacated seat.

The widespread district runs from Louisa and Goochland in the east and Lynchburg in the west, and includes Amherst, Appomattox, Buckingham and Cumberland, as well as parts of Fluvanna and Prince Edward counties.

Louisa County voters in the Bumpass, Locust Creek, South Anna, Sheltons Mill and Elk Creek precincts cast more than 70 percent of the vote total in Peake’s favor.

Democrat Ryant Washington, former Fluvanna County sheriff, garnered just over 24 percent of the Louisa vote. Independent Joseph C. Hines collected slightly more than five percent of the countywide total.

The margin wasn’t as wide among voters districtwide, with Peake taking 53 percent of the overall vote. Washington fared better districtwide with nearly 40 percent, and Hines received more than seven percent of the ballots cast.

Peake failed to carry his home town, losing to Washington in the city of Lynchburg by four percentage points, while Washington, on the other hand, won Fluvanna over Peake by a mere one percentage point.

Earlier in the day Tuesday, Louisa Voter Registrar Cris Watkins noted that turnout was spotty at the various precincts. She handled numerous calls from citizens who were unsure if they were registered to vote in Tuesday’s special election.