McDonnell landslide
steers Virginia to the right

Republican Bob McDonnell claimed an easy victory over Creigh Deeds on Tuesday. Pundits had long favored McDonnell, saying Deeds ran a weak and sloppy campaign. (AP Photo/ STEVE HELBER)

Virginia is seeing red again after Bob McDonnell trounced Democrat Creigh Deeds 60 percent to 39 percent Tuesday.

Rockbridge County also went McDonnell’s way. Voters gave him 68 percent of the vote. McDonnell’s victory indicates that Republicans have not lost hope after the 2008 election, and that battleground states like Virginia have the potential to swing back to the right.

McDonnell is the first Republican to become governor of Virginia in 12 years. His win comes at a crucial time for the GOP in Virginia. Barack Obama took the state in the 2008 Presidential election.

The race centered on three issues: taxes, transportation and the economy. A Washington Post poll in early August showed McDonnell to be the clear favorite in all three areas, and his lead only widened as Election Day grew closer.

In a final push for the seat, Deeds called on support from some friends in high places. President Obama and outgoing Gov. Tim Kaine appeared at rallies to back Deeds, but Washington and Lee Politics Professor Mark Rush said that might have been the wrong move.
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Rep. Ben Cline secured a fifth term as the 24th District Delegate. (The Rockbridge Report/ CAMERON DEWING)

Cline reclaims delegates seat

Ben Cline celebrated early Tuesday evening after easily pushing past opponent Jeff Price to make a return trip to the Virginia House of Delegates.  Cline gained a significant lead as the first few precincts reported votes, and Price was never able to recover. Final votes showed 70 percent for Cline, 30 percent for Price.  Cline’s campaign focused on improving transportation, including highways and major roads throughout Rockbridge County.  Cline also wants to enhance local job training by improving transportation infrastructure in order to boost the economy.
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Buster Lewis says his 265-point victory Tuesday comes from living in the area for 18 years. (The Rockbridge Report/MELISSA SZUMLIC)

Lewis re-elected
supervisor

Buster Lewis was elected to his second term on the Rockbridge County Board of Supervisors by a vote of 829 to 564. His campaign, as well of that of his opponent, Woody Mumma, gave considerable weight to a revised noise ordinance for Rockbridge County.
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Ben Swisher defeated Terri Bsullak by fewer than 100 votes to win the School Board race. (Photo courtesy of Ben Swisher)

Swisher joins school board

Ben Swisher won 54 percent of the vote in Tuesday’s election for the Kerrs Creek District seat on the Rockbridge County School Board. Swisher’s opponent, Terri Bsullak, received 46 percent. Swisher also won the majority of votes in each precinct in the district. He said that his job as a contractor allowed him to get out in the community and listen to what residents had to say about Rockbridge County’s schools.
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