With heavier than expected voter turnout in the 22nd and a ballot snafu that saw precincts running out of ballots during the day, it was 9:00 p.m. before the race was called for Peake, even as Lynchburg continued hand-counting ballots. The tally at 9:00 was 54%-37%. Peake fills the seat vacated by now-Congressman Tom Garrett. This seat was for control of the senate so today’s win keeps it in Republican control 21-19.
In the 85th, Rocky Holcomb pulled ahead 53%-47% over his Democratic opponent to fill the Virginia Beach seat vacated in November by now-Congressman Scott Taylor. He will join the Republican-controlled House of Delegates.
With the Virginia General Assembly set to begin tomorrow, it will be a quick turnaround for these gentlemen as they pack their vehicles and drive to the capital city. The short session, held in odd-numbered years, will convene on Wednesday, January 11, 2017, and continue for 45 days.