Results in For Most D.C.-Area Races, Turnout “Steady”

Va. U.S. Senate race between Ed Gillespie and Mark Warner remains too close to call

Results for most big races in the D.C.-area have been released, while the Virginia U.S. Senate race remains too close to call.

Here's a look at some of the key issues, candidates and victories in Tuesday's election:


Mark Warner, the Democratic incumbent U.S. senator and former Virginia governor, faced off against former lobbyist and Republican Ed Gillespie. Just after midnight Wednesday, Warner was ahead by nearly 13,000 votes, with 99 percent of precincts reporting.

Warner gave a speech thanking Virginians and wishing his opponent luck, though Gillespie did not concede and said he would wait for a canvass Wednesday.

The 2014 Senate run is Gillespie's first attempt at seeking public office. 

The Virginia 10th District seat was hotly contended, though Republican Barbara Comstock pulled ahead early in the night and defeated Democrat John Foust to succeed retiring Frank Wolf (R) in Congress. 

Comstock, a Fairfax County delegate and former aide to Wolf, also served as co-chair of Romney's Virginia presidential campaign. Foust has been a member of the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors since 2007, having won a re-election in 2011.

In Virginia's 7th District, Republican Dave Brat -- who ousted then-House Majority Leader Eric Cantor in the primaries -- beat his Democratic opponent on Tuesday to win a congressional seat.

Turnout in the Commonwealth was described as "steady."


D.C. voters had the choice between three mayoral candidates, but voted for Democrat Muriel Bowser to replace Democrat Vincent Gray.

Independent David Catania, another mainstay on D.C. Council, has championed education, but came up short in a city that votes Democrat. The 2014 election was Carol Schwartz's (I) fifth bid for mayor, though she spent many years serving on the D.C. Council and the school board. 

Voters also approved Initiative 71, which will make it legal to possess up to two ounces of marijuana, grow up to six plants, and share (but not sell) up to an ounce of marijuana to anyone age 21 or older. The measure will also make it legal to use or sell drug paraphernalia related to marijuana. Now that the voters have approved it, the measure has to go through Congress.


The Maryland gubernatorial race was close throughout the evening, but Maryland Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown (D) conceded the election to Larry Hogan (R) just after midnight. Hogan pulled out a win in a state that is known for voting predominantly democrat.

The race gained traction in the weeks coming up to the election, as both men received praise from notable politicos like Bill Clinton, Michelle Obama, Chris Christie and George H.W. Bush. 

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