The Green Papers: Virginia 2008 General Election
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Elections for Statewide offices and Congress
Primary: Tuesday 10 June 2008
General Election: Tuesday 4 November 2008
Electoral Votes:13(2.42% of 538)
Governor:1 
Senators:2(Electoral Classes 1 and 2)
2002-2010 Representatives:11(2.53% of 435)
2000 Census:7,100,702 (2.52% of 281,998,273)
Estimated Voting age population (November 2000):5,263,000
Registered Voters (November 2000):3,770,273
Capital:Richmond
Tuesday 10 June 2008 polling hours 6:00a EDT (1000 UTC) to 7:00p EDT (2300 UTC).
Tuesday 4 November 2008 polling hours 6:00a EST (1100 UTC) to 7:00p EST (0000 UTC).
 

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Virginia State and Local Government

Virginia 2008 Presidential Primaries, Caucuses, and Conventions:
Democrats, Republicans, Third Parties


19 January 2009: Virginia State Board of Elections - November 4, 2008 Official Election Results


15 September 2008: Synchronized with Virginia State Board of Elections


13 October 2007: The GOP decided to select their Senatorial candidate by convention rather than by primary.

Virginia law states that there will be no primary in races "when less than two candidates declare".

10 June 2008 DEMOCRATIC PRIMARY RETURNS from an official source; REPUBLICAN PRIMARY RETURNS from an official source.

 
           

President  4 year term, Election Cycle: 2008, 2012. Term Limit: No more than 2 4-year terms in a lifetime. Electors: 13 (Winner-take-all), How Appointed, Meeting Place, Duly Appointed Presidential Electors, List of Presidential Candidates.
Up for election in 2008
  Elected Democratic 1,959,532 52.63% Senator Barack Hussein Obama
(13 Electoral Votes)
Vice President: Senator Joseph Robinette "Joe" Biden, Jr.

FEC P80003338: $778,642,047
  Candidate Republican 1,725,005 46.33% Senator John Sidney McCain, III
Vice President: Governor Sarah H. Palin

FEC P80002801: $399,826,076
  Candidate Independent 11,483 0.31% Ralph Nader
Vice President: Matt Gonzalez

FEC P20000527: $4,520,160
  Candidate Libertarian 11,067 0.30% former Congressman Bob Barr
Vice President: Wayne Allyn Root

FEC P80005580: $1,405,899
  Candidate Independent Greens 7,474 0.20% Charles Obadiah "Chuck" Baldwin
Vice President: Darrell L. Castle

FEC P80005499: $262,010
  Candidate Write-in 6,355 0.17% Write-in
  Candidate Green 2,344 0.06% former Congressman Cynthia A. McKinney
Vice President: Rosa A. Clemente

FEC P80004930: $240,360
Total 3,723,260 100.00%  

U.S. Senate  6 year term. No Term Limit. 110th Senate  Senate Electoral Classes

Class 1 Democratic Senator James H. "Jim" Webb, Jr.
First elected: 2006
Seat up for election: Tuesday 6 November 2012

Class 2
Seat up for election
Open
Republican Senator John William Warner
First elected: 1978; re-elected: 1984, 1990, 1996, 2002
Seat up for election: Tuesday 4 November 2008
Open Seat - 31 August 2007: Announced retirement effective at the end of his current term.
 Polls: Leans Democratic - Democratic former Governor Mark Robert Warner
 ** Open Seat (no incumbent) **
  Elected Democratic 2,369,327 65.03% former Governor Mark Robert Warner
Not related to Senator John William Warner

FEC S6VA00093: $13,663,049
  Candidate Republican 1,228,830 33.73% former Governor James S. "Jim" Gilmore, III
Received his party's nomination 31 May 2008

FEC S8VA00255: $2,437,715
  Candidate Independent Greens 21,690 0.60% Glenda Gail Parker
FEC S6VA00135: $48,313
  Candidate Libertarian 20,269 0.56% William "Bill" Redpath
FEC S8VA00271: $44,718
  Candidate Write-in 3,178 0.09% Write-in
Total 3,643,294 100.00%  

Governor  4 year term, Election Cycle: 2005, 2009. Term Limit: ineligble to immediately succeed after a given 4-year term, All Governors

  Democratic Governor Timothy M. "Tim" Kaine
First elected: 2005
Chair up for election: Tuesday 3 November 2009
The current Governor is affected by a term limit and cannot run for re-election.
Open Chair - At term limit
  Candidate Democratic     state Senator Creigh Deeds
  Candidate Democratic     Terence Richard "Terry" McAuliffe
former Democratic National Committee chairman
  Candidate Democratic     former state Delegate Brian J. Moran
  Candidate Republican     Attorney General Robert F. "Bob" McDonnell

Lieutenant Governor  4 year term, Election Cycle: 2005, 2009

  Republican Lieutenant Governor William T. "Bill" Bolling
First elected: 2005
Seat up for election: Tuesday 3 November 2009
  Candidate Democratic     Jon Bowerbank
  Candidate Democratic     Jody Wagner
  Candidate Republican     Lieutenant Governor William T. "Bill" Bolling
  Candidate Republican     Patrick Muldoon

110th U.S. House of Representatives  2 year term, Election Cycle 2006, 2008. No Term Limit. 110th House
Partisan Composition (primary disposition):
7 Republican (7 Renominated);
3 Democratic (3 Renominated);
1 Vacancy

CD 1
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Seat up for election
Republican Congressman Robert J. "Rob" Wittman
• Re-elected Tuesday 4 November 2008
First elected in a special election (re: the death of Congressman Jo Ann S. Davis): 11 December 2007
Seat up for election: Tuesday 4 November 2008
Renominated - 10 June 2008 Primary
 Polls: Republican Congressman Robert J. "Rob" Wittman
  Elected Republican 203,839 56.58% Congressman Robert J. "Rob" Wittman
FEC H8VA01147: $998,693
  Candidate Democratic 150,432 41.75% William S. "Bill" Day, Jr.
Replacement candidate

FEC H8VA01246: $218,890
  Candidate Libertarian 5,265 1.46% Nathan Daniel Larson
FEC H8VA01238: Financial report not available
  Candidate Write-in 756 0.21% Write-in
  Candidate Write-in     Craig E. Ennis
FEC H8VA01220: Financial report not available
Total 360,292 100.00%  

CD 2
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Seat up for election
Republican Congressman Thelma Day Drake
First elected: 2004
Seat up for election: Tuesday 4 November 2008
Renominated - 10 June 2008 Primary
 Polls: Leans Republican - Republican Congressman Thelma Day Drake
  Elected Democratic 141,857 52.40% Glenn Carlyle Nye, III
FEC H8VA02046: $1,364,176
  Candidate Republican 128,486 47.46% Congressman Thelma Day Drake
FEC H4VA02037: $2,046,092
  Candidate Write-in 368 0.14% Write-in
Total 270,711 100.00%  

CD 3
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Seat up for election
Democratic Congressman Robert C. "Bobby" Scott
• Re-elected Tuesday 4 November 2008
Seat up for election: Tuesday 4 November 2008
Renominated - 10 June 2008 Primary
 Polls: Democratic Congressman Robert C. "Bobby" Scott
 ** Uncontested Race **
  Elected Democratic 239,911 97.02% Congressman Robert C. "Bobby" Scott
FEC H6VA01117: $525,140
  Candidate Write-in 7,377 2.98% Write-in
Total 247,288 100.00%  

CD 4
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Seat up for election
Republican Congressman J. Randy Forbes
• Re-elected Tuesday 4 November 2008
2001 June 19: Elected in a special election to replace the seat vacated by the death of Norman Sisisky.
Seat up for election: Tuesday 4 November 2008
Renominated - 10 June 2008 Primary
 Polls: Republican Congressman J. Randy Forbes
  Elected Republican 199,075 59.51% Congressman J. Randy Forbes
FEC H2VA04052: $729,040
  Candidate Democratic 135,041 40.37% Andrea Ruth Miller
FEC H8VA04018: $48,073
  Candidate Write-in 405 0.12% Write-in
Total 334,521 100.00%  

CD 5
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Seat up for election
Republican Congressman Virgil H. Goode, Jr.
Seat up for election: Tuesday 4 November 2008
Renominated - 10 June 2008 Primary
 Polls: Leans Republican - Republican Congressman Virgil H. Goode, Jr.
  Elected Democratic 158,810 50.09% Tom S. P. Perriello
FEC H8VA05106: $1,866,778
  Candidate Republican 158,083 49.86% Congressman Virgil H. Goode, Jr.
FEC H6VA05068: $1,797,226
  Candidate Write-in 183 0.06% Write-in
Total 317,076 100.00%  

CD 6
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Seat up for election
Republican Congressman Robert W. "Bob" Goodlatte
• Re-elected Tuesday 4 November 2008
Seat up for election: Tuesday 4 November 2008
Renominated - 10 June 2008 Primary
 Polls: Republican Congressman Robert W. "Bob" Goodlatte
  Elected Republican 192,350 61.57% Congressman Robert W. "Bob" Goodlatte
FEC H2VA06115: $1,407,767
  Candidate Democratic 114,367 36.61% Salam ''Sam'' Rasoul
FEC H8VA06047: $389,666
  Candidate Independent 5,413 1.73% Janice Lee Allen
FEC H8VA06062: $10,005
  Candidate Write-in 262 0.08% Write-in
Total 312,392 100.00%  

CD 7
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Seat up for election
Republican Congressman Eric I. Cantor
• Re-elected Tuesday 4 November 2008
Seat up for election: Tuesday 4 November 2008
Renominated - 10 June 2008 Primary
 Polls: Republican Congressman Eric I. Cantor
  Elected Republican 233,531 62.72% Congressman Eric I. Cantor
FEC H0VA07042: $3,990,894
  Candidate Democratic 138,123 37.10% Anita Ruth Hartke
FEC H8VA07045: $75,116
  Candidate Write-in 683 0.18% Write-in
Total 372,337 100.00%  

CD 8
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Seat up for election
Democratic Congressman James P. "Jim" Moran, Jr.
• Re-elected Tuesday 4 November 2008
Seat up for election: Tuesday 4 November 2008
Renominated - 10 June 1998 Primary
 Polls: Democratic Congressman James P. "Jim" Moran, Jr.
  Elected Democratic 222,986 67.94% Congressman James P. "Jim" Moran, Jr.
FEC H0VA08040: $1,286,993
  Candidate Republican 97,425 29.68% Mark W. Ellmore
FEC H6VA08211: $59,385
  Candidate Independent Greens 6,829 2.08% J. Ron Fisher
FEC H8VA08142: Financial report not available
  Candidate Write-in 957 0.29% Write-in
Total 328,197 100.00%  

CD 9
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Seat up for election
Democratic Congressman Frederick C. "Rick" Boucher
• Re-elected Tuesday 4 November 2008
Seat up for election: Tuesday 4 November 2008
Renominated - 10 June 2008 Primary
 Polls: Democratic Congressman Frederick C. "Rick" Boucher
 ** Uncontested Race **
  Elected Democratic 207,306 97.07% Congressman Frederick C. "Rick" Boucher
FEC H2VA09010: $1,750,965
  Candidate Write-in 6,264 2.93% Write-in
Total 213,570 100.00%  

CD 10
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Seat up for election
Republican Congressman Frank R. Wolf
• Re-elected Tuesday 4 November 2008
Seat up for election: Tuesday 4 November 2008
Renominated - 10 June 2008 Primary
 Polls: Leans Republican - Republican Congressman Frank R. Wolf
  Elected Republican 223,140 58.80% Congressman Frank R. Wolf
FEC H6VA10050: $2,051,358
  Candidate Democratic 147,357 38.83% Judith M. "Judy" Feder
FEC H6VA10183: $2,201,291
  Candidate Independent 8,457 2.23% Neeraj C. Nigam
FEC H6VA10191: $7,845
  Candidate Write-in 526 0.14% Write-in
Total 379,480 100.00%  

CD 11
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Seat up for election
Vacant
Republican Congressman Thomas M. "Tom" Davis, III
Seat up for election: Tuesday 4 November 2008
Vacant Office - 30 January 2008: Announced that he will not seek re-election. Resigned 24 November 2008.
 Polls: Leans Democratic - Democratic Fairfax County Board of Supervisors Chairman Gerald E. "Gerry" Connolly favored over Republican Keith S. Fimian
 ** Open Seat (no incumbent) **
  Elected Democratic 196,598 54.69% Fairfax County Board of Supervisors Chairman Gerald E. "Gerry" Connolly
FEC H8VA11062: $1,997,494
  Candidate Republican 154,758 43.05% Keith S. Fimian
FEC H8VA11021: $2,020,214
  Candidate Independent Greens 7,271 2.02% Joseph P. "Joe" Oddo
FEC H4VA11053: Financial report not available
  Candidate Write-in 864 0.24% Write-in
Total 359,491 100.00%  

Attorney General  4 year term, Election Cycle: 2005, 2009

  Republican Attorney General Robert F. "Bob" McDonnell
First elected 2005
Seat up for election: Tuesday 3 November 2009
Open Seat - Candidate for Governor in 2009
  Candidate Democratic     Steve Shannon
  Candidate Republican     John Brownlee
  Candidate Republican     state Senator Ken Cuccinelli
  Candidate Republican     Dave Foster

Political Parties    Parties appear in parenthesis and italics when a candidate receives the endorsement of a given Party and/or official sources indicate a candidate's association with a particular Party but only where the Party in question does not appear on the actual ballot as such.

Major Parties
  Democratic (affiliates): 5 incumbents, 19 candidates
  Republican: 11 incumbents, 17 candidates
Major Third Parties
  Green (affiliates): 1 candidate
  Libertarian: 3 candidates
Other Third Parties
  Independent Greens (affiliate of Independence): 4 candidates
Independents
  Independent: 3 candidates
Write-in/Scattered/otherwise not readily classifiable
  Write-in: 14 candidates
 
Candidates running under the banner of more than one party are counted towards each party's total. A candidate who has lost a primary or is apparently no longer a candidate is not counted.

Notes

Candidates for office appear on this page in italics where 'The Green Papers' does not yet have independent confirmation from an election authority that the person so listed will actually appear on the ballot.
 
FEC indicates the Federal Election Commission (FEC) Campaign Finance Summary "Total Receipts" for candidates for Federal Office.

 


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