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1999 Virginia state elections

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Virginia's 1999 state elections were held on November 2, 1999. Voters elected all 100 members of the Virginia House of Delegates to two-year terms ending in 2002, and all 40 members of the Virginia Senate to four-year terms ending in 2004. There were also elections for local offices (such as Board of Supervisors, Sheriff and Clerk of the Circuit Court) in most counties. The elections resulted in the loss of Democratic control of the House of Delegates for the first time in 116 years, and continued the two-year control of the Senate by Republicans.

Run up to the election

Governor Jim Gilmore had secured control of the Senate for Republicans for the first time in 114 years in 1997 when he appointed Democratic State Senator Charlie Waddell to a position with the Virginia Alcohol Beverage Control Board. He also appointed Delegate David G. Brickley as Director of Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation which resulted in a tie in control of the House of Delegates as the one Independent, Lacey Putney, caucused with the Republicans.

According to the University of Virginia's Center for Politics, the 1999 Virginia "legislative election delivered results unlike any of the others that preceded it in the 20th century. Republicans finally gained majority control of the House of Delegates, completing a thirty- year march to power. At the same time, the GOP maintained its narrow 21 to 19-seat control of the Senate of Virginia...."[1]

Primaries and nomination contests

There were a few primaries in both parties in June, but all incumbents were renominated. The most notable primary was in Richmond's West End, where incumbent Republican Ann G. "Panny" Rhodes was opposed by her Governor and the dominant conservative wing of her party. According to the UVa Center for Politics, "Despite being outspent $440,000 to $236,000 in the state’s most expensive primary race, Rhodes won over 56 percent of the votes. Many Democrats joined moderate Republicans in defeating Gilmore’s choice, businessman Ruble Hord."[2]

In all, there were nine primaries, two in the Senate and seven in the House.

Virginia Senate

Prior to these elections, Virginia's Senate consisted of 21 Republicans and 19 Democrats. Republicans and Democrats each defeated one opposing incumbent: the president pro tempore of the Senate, Stanley C. Walker (D) of Norfolk, was defeated by Republican Nick Rerras after 18 years in the Senate. In Fairfax County, 16-year veteran Jane Woods (R) was narrowly beaten by former U.S. Representative Leslie Byrne by just 37 votes out of over 30,000 cast.[3]

Election Results

Party abbreviations: D - Democratic, R - Republican, I - Independent, IG - Independent Green, L - Libertarian

District Incumbent Party Elected Status 2003 Result
1st Marty Williams Republican 1995 Reelected Marty Williams (R) unopposed
2nd W. Henry Maxwell Democrat 1993 Reelected W. Henry Maxwell (D) 80.7%
M. A. Rogers, Sr. (I) 19.3%
3rd Tommy Norment Republican 1991 Reelected Tommy Norment (R) 63.0%
Lynwood Lewis (D) 37.0%
4th Bill Bolling Republican 1995 Reelected Bill Bolling (R) unopposed
5th Yvonne Miller Democrat 1988 Reelected Yvonne Miller (D) unopposed
6th Stanley C. Walker Democrat 1971 Defeated Nick Rerras (R) 59.3%
Stanley C. Walker (D) 40.7%
7th Ed Schrock Republican 1995 Reelected Ed Schrock (R) unopposed
8th Ken Stolle Republican 1991 Reelected Ken Stolle (R) unopposed
9th Benjamin Lambert Democrat 1986 Reelected Benjamin Lambert (D) unopposed
10th John Watkins Republican 1998 Reelected John Watkins (R) 70.0%
Alex McMurtrie, Jr. (I) 30.0%
11th Stephen H. Martin Republican 1994 Reelected Stephen H. Martin (R) 64.6%
W. S. Hastings, Jr. (D) 35.4%
13th Fred Quayle Republican 1991 Reelected Fred Quayle (R) 76.4%
Richard H. Ramsey, Sr. (D) 23.2%
17th Edd Houck Democratic 1983 Reelected Edd Houck (D) 59.5%
Robert G. Stuber (R) 40.5%
18th Louise Lucas Democrat 1991 Reelected Louise Lucas (D) 69.8%
Walter D Brown, III (R) 30.1%
20th Roscoe Reynolds Democratic 1996 Reelected Roscoe Reynolds (D) 67.8%
Thomas L Peterson (R) 32.2%
22nd Malfourd W. Trumbo Republican 1991 Reelected Malfourd W. Trumbo (R) unopposed[4]
23rd Stephen Newman Republican 1995 Reelected Stephen Newman (R) 64.1%
Robert E Clarke (D) 35.9%
24th Emmett Hanger Republican 1995 Reelected Emmett Hanger (R) 74.3%
Steven Sisson (D) 25.7%<
26th Kevin G. Miller Republican 1983 Retired Mark Obenshain (R) 67.9%
Rodney L. Eagle (D) 31.9%
27th Russ Potts Republican 1991 Reelected Russ Potts (R) 58.2%
Mark R. Herring (D) 41.1%
29th Chuck Colgan Democratic 1975 Reelected Chuck Colgan (D) 54.7%
David C Mabie (R) 45.3%
31st Mary Margaret Whipple Democratic 1995 Reelected Mary Margaret Whipple (D) 69.4%
Kamal Nawash (R) 30.3%
32nd Janet Howell Democratic 1992 Reelected Janet Howell (D) 56.7%
David Hunt (R) 43.3%
34th Leslie Byrne Democrat 1999 Retired Jeannemarie Devolites (R) 52.8%
Ronald F Christian (D) 47.1%
34th Dick Saslaw Democratic 1980 Reelected Dick Saslaw (D) 82.5%
C.W. Levy (I) 16.4%
36th Toddy Puller Democratic 1999 Reelected Toddy Puller (D) 55.4%
Chris Braunlich (R) 44.5%
37th Ken Cuccinelli Republican 2001 Reelected Ken Cuccinelli (R) 53.3%
James E Mitchell, III (D) 46.6%
39th Jay O'Brien Republican 2002 Reelected Jay O'Brien (R) 57.8%
Greg Galligan (D) 42.2%

House of Delegates

Going into the elections, there were 50 Democrats, 49 Republicans and 1 Independent, which meant the parties were effectively tied, as the one Independent caucused with the Republicans. Despite winning about 55% of the statewide vote, Republicans netted three additional seats. Two senior Democratic incumbents were defeated: Gladys Keating of the Franconia area of Fairfax County and in Virginia Beach, Glenn Croshaw. The Democrats captured one open seat from the Republicans when Benny Keister replaced retiring Republican Delegate Tommy Baker in the 7th District centered on Pulaski County. Republicans also won two open seats replacing Democrats. George Broman (R) of Culpeper County captured the district of retiring Delegate Butch Davies (D), and on the Virginia Peninsula, Republican Phil Larrabee of Hampton won captured the seat of retiring Democratic Delegate Vince Behm gaining a plurality in a four-person race. As a result, Republicans had 52 seats, Democrats 47 and 1 Independent.

References

  1. ^ University of Virginia, Center for Politics. Virginia Votes 1999: Reversal of a Century: How the Republicans Finally Took Over the Virginia General Assembly. [1]
  2. ^ University of Virginia, Center for Politics. Virginia Votes 1999: Reversal of a Century: How the Republicans Finally Took Over the Virginia General Assembly. [2]
  3. ^ University of Virginia, Center for Politics. Virginia Votes 1999: Reversal of a Century: How the Republicans Finally Took Over the Virginia General Assembly. [3]
  4. ^ http://historical.elections.virginia.gov/elections/search/year_from:1991/year_to:2016/office_id:9/district_id:27285

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