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November 7, 2017

Republicans continue their dominance in Fauquier

File Photo/Lawrence Emerson
Republican candidate for governor Ed Gillespie speaks at the Stoneridge Events Center near Warrenton during a campaign swing in July.
Guzman unseats Lingamfelter in 31st
Democratic challenger Elizabeth Guzman has defeated eight-term Del. Scott Lingamfelter (R) in the 31st House of Delegates district that includes five Fauquier precincts.

Del. Lingamfelter easily carried Fauquier. But, Prince William County, 80 percent of the district, went for Ms. Guzman.

She won 53.6 percent of the district vote, defeating the incumbent, 14,907 to 12,420.

Del. Lingamfelter’s loss came amid what analysts called a “tidal wave” of Democratic victories in Republican-held House districts.

Democrats would need to unseat 17 Republicans to retake control of the House. They apparently had won 11 of those seats by 9 p.m.
Despite Virginia’s blue statewide political trend, Fauquier County remained solidly red in Tuesday’s election.

Although they lost statewide, Republican candidates carried every Fauquier precinct in voting for governor, lieutenant governor, attorney general and the Virginia House of Delegates.

GOP gubernatorial candidate Ed Gillespie received 59.6 percent of the Fauquier vote.

Mr. Gillespie outpolled Ralph Northam, 14,336 to 9,417 on a cold, rainy Election Day. In Fauquier, 49 percent of the 49,157 registered voters cast ballots.

Upperville resident Jill Vogel (R) easily carried her home county with 62.6 percent of the vote.

Seeking to become the first Fauquier resident in modern history to win statewide election, Mrs. Vogel received 15,027 votes in the county to 8,949 for Justin Fairfax (D).

Attorney general candidate John Adams completed the GOP sweep here with 61 percent of the vote.

Mr. Adams received 14,609 Fauquier votes to 9,316 for incumbent Mark Herring (D).

The Republican dominance in Fauquier extended to the three Virginia House races in districts that include parts of the county.

Incumbents Michael Webert (R-18th/Marshall), Scott Lingamfelter (R-31st/Woodbridge) and Mark Cole (R-88th/Spotsylvania) easily carried Fauquier:

18th District
Michael Webert (R), 8,712
Tristan Shields (D), 5,435
Will King (Green), 837

31st District
Scott Lingamfelter (R), 4,166
Elizabeth Guzman (D), 1,902
Nathan Larson (I), 102

88th District
Mark Cole (R), 1,790
Steve Aycock (D), 754
Amanda Blalock (I), 165
Steve Anderson (I), 20

Click here for complete, unofficial Fauquier totals from the Virginia Department of Elections.

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BJ · November 16, 2017 at 8:36 pm
The election was 10 days ago and there are STILL campaign signs all over the county. Please clean them up!
TooTrue · November 13, 2017 at 11:08 am
He'd have news because he creates it or sucks up to the locals buying his little ads on this electronic billboard to give them more good ole boy coverage.
BJ · November 12, 2017 at 5:18 pm
Both parties are in trouble. When you let lobbyists run the show be demanding you do what they PAID you to do when they contributed to your campaign (basically bribed you), citizens lose. And there is something "fishy about that "Herring! Ha.
martinkus · November 9, 2017 at 12:54 pm

Republicans on Capitol Hill have no true leaders (McConnel and/or Ryan, really?), direction, or for that matter, unity, to get any meaningful legislation done. Even the tax plan currently under consideration has Republican dissenters. Talk about dysfunction...when one party is in charge of both the Executive and Legislative branches of the Federal Government and can't get anything meaningful done, that is what I call dysfunctional. Sad!

Observer · November 9, 2017 at 11:41 am
Believe all you want, guess you poor suckers needed something, anything to call victory.

But democrats have no plan, no future, no leaders and no idea what is going on - nothing but hate and racism they spread anywhere they can.
Rusty Wheel · November 9, 2017 at 11:26 am
good ol senile 'citizens observer' on the watch we should all feel safer with him watchin' our backs n' protectin' us from 'NWO globalists' bent on genocide -- tween him and plain old 'observer' there sure is lota watchin and observin goin on, thats for sure! keep watchin good ol boys, its what yer good at, observers, ha!
martinkus · November 9, 2017 at 10:46 am

Yes, blue wave...the Republicans may no longer be in the majority in the House of Delegates after recounts are completed. At a minimum, there looks to be a power sharing scenario come next year. Prince William and Loudoun counties are deep blue now...Fauquier may be next. The Republican Party in Fauquier better gets its S**! together, and soon! As long as the internal strife and back stabbing continues, the committee will remain dysfunction at best.
Badger · November 9, 2017 at 9:32 am
Hey observer, Suppositions masquerading as fact are easy to detect. They weaken your arguments.
citizen observer · November 9, 2017 at 9:18 am
Leave it to a diehard liberal transplant from California to only listen to the news he likes. No wonder the NWO globalists are able to buy the destruction of our freedom and country.

Ask anyone who was in Charlottesville that day what really happened. Most jurisdiction would have kept the 2 parties apart. Not march one into the other, in front of the pre-placed media, and then issue law enforcement a stand down order. If Republican governor had done it, you can bet Herring would have been all into investigating it. For some reason he chose not to.

How about the vice mayor's role in continuing to push for the statue's removal, even after the citizens said to keep it? His racist background for some reason was just pushed to the side instead of investigated by the AG.

How about Herring using money intended to fight child pornography to give his political staffers a raise instead? Lots of articles from last January about it.

I have been a lifelong middle of the road JFK democrat. The GOP is a wreck, even the Bushes has now been tied to the NWO gloalists. However the corruption in the DNC at all levels is becoming astounding. How else could a President gain a wealth of $12M while in the White House? And 4 people set to testify against the DNC were killed in one month. I'm saying it's time to clean up the mess and we need to create a middle of the road party to take on the leftists and right wingers.

Do some research on what the NWO globalists intend to do when they bring down the US. For starters they want to reduce the world population by 90% and create a race of utopians led by the rich ruling elitists. History repeats itself if people don't wake up before it's too late.

Observer · November 9, 2017 at 7:09 am
Blue wave? LOL! Virginia was blue in 2016 and stayed blue in 2017, that's not a victory, that is status quo.
Silii · November 8, 2017 at 8:15 pm
No, the Republicans on the Hill are getting ready to raise our taxes. About to pass: near obliteration of the 1040 Schedule A. What is that? That's where you deduct (1) out of pocket medical expenses above a certain percentage of your AGI; (2) state and local income taxes; (3) personal property taxes; (4) real estate taxes; (5) mortgage interest; (6) charitable deductions; (7) out of pocket expenses directly related to your empoloyement up to a certain amount. (example of this: data shows that most public school teachers spend upwards of $1000 out of pocket for supplies and other materials they need to teach but that are not provided by the school district); (8) losses from crime or other disasters. The personal deduction "increase" Republicans are touting probably won't come near even your mortgage interest deduction. If you are single or retired and living on a fixed income, the hit is even worse. Seniors, who tend to have excessive out of pocket medical expenses AFTER paying monthly medicare and medicare gap and long term care insurance, will be particularly hit.

Quick test: Redo your 2016 taxes by eliminating the total deductions from Schedule A. That puts you in the ball park of how your taxes will increase.

No wonder people are beginning to truly distrust and hate Republicans and are turning to vote other parties.
francis81 · November 8, 2017 at 6:42 pm
How is it biased to lead with the Fauquier-centric vote tallies in a publication that covers Fauquier? If the editor chased news from the 30,000 ft level, he'd have no business. Dummies.
Jim Griffin · November 8, 2017 at 6:39 pm
Agreed with Marcia Smith and others. Citizen Observer's claims are akin to the absurd, divisive, ultimately losing ads runs by Republicans claiming Dems support child pornographers, or MS13. Slander, libel, but they don't care a whit, stooping even to draw false equivalence between the fascist demonstrators and the counter-protesters in C-ville (who doesn't oppose fascists and Nazis?). On Tuesday, you reaped what you sow, CO.

Dominance? Six out of ten in Fauquier chose one party, four of ten another. Change just one vote in ten and they're even.

Nonetheless, this is a fine publication and Mr. Emerson is to be applauded for offering a free take -- and unlimited comment -- on issues of great importance to Fauquier residents. Thank you, Lou.
TooTrue · November 8, 2017 at 1:47 pm
The three commentators below are all correct. The bias in reporting has been a sad consequence of the editor no longer having a legitimate paper, which the Citizen was at one time. Sadness all around in many respects.
martinkus · November 8, 2017 at 1:00 pm
The Republican Party is dysfunctional, not only here in Fauquier, but also in the Commonwealth, and clearly up on Capitol Hill. I believe the blue wave will continue on in Virginia as well as across the nation come mid-term elections in 2018. Very sad that, at the national level, with control of both houses of Congress and The White House, the Republicans cannot accomplish any major (and meaningful) legislation. They will pay the price next November.
jzarecor · November 8, 2017 at 12:14 pm
What an odd slant on this story. The NEWS is that these people lost the election. Does this portend a bias in the reporting?
Cameron_Jones · November 8, 2017 at 11:42 am
Although Fauquier once again went for Republicans, the results clearly show slippage toward the left. Fauquier is becoming more Democrat by the day, and the Republican committee leadership is doing nothing to engage the voters. Tables at the fair and sample ballots don't win votes. Personal contact does. If you're interested in effective Republican leadership in Fauquier, please join me in building a bigger, better Fauquier County Republican Committee.
TooTrue · November 8, 2017 at 10:29 am
Marcia Smith has some points. Gillespie's loss is a good thing.
citizen observer · November 8, 2017 at 10:25 am
I wish John Adams had beaten Herring. Keeping a corrupt guy in place who helps child pornographers stay out of trouble has no use to me.

Marcia Smith- you need to do some real research on what really happened in Charlottesville. I don't have any use for nazis, but a judge granted them the right to hold their protest. Had the mayor and governor then used due diligence; all the violence could have easily been prevented. Instead they set it up to occur so they could use it as a political opportunity to portray the President, who had nothing to do with the situation, as a white supremacist. If we had a real Attorney General he would have investigated the whole incident, but it is now known Democrats don't investigate Democrats.

Funny how Senator Kaine called for supporters to "take it to the streets" to protest his and Hillary's loss, but I haven't heard Gillespie calling for any such action yet.
Freedom warrior · November 8, 2017 at 7:44 am
I am pretty happy with these results, especially as a voter that has supported candidates in both parties over the years. Especially happy to see Lingamfelter & Bob Marshall out and that Enron Ed tanked. I waivered on supporting Vogel, especially after she took the endorsement of the Tea Party Federation - in the end, it was courting that kind of support that largely led me not to vote for her. And I am not alone in doing so. I hope it is a wake up call. I find myself more and more voting against the candidates supported by the local tea party folks. Do I blame the tea party crowd directly?? No, not at all - they're doing their thing and that's their prerogative. In fact, they make it easier to decide who to vote against.
Observer · November 8, 2017 at 6:38 am
There will be riots and demonstrations.

No, wait, different party lost.
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