VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (WAVY) — Virginians headed to the polls on Tuesday to vote for their next governor, lieutenant governor, attorney general and all 100 Virginia House of Delegates seats, as well as local races.
Polls opened at 6 a.m. and closed at 7 p.m.
6 p.m. — Some House of Delegates races in Virginia are still not officially called yet. However, Republicans now have more than 50 seats in the House.
5 p.m. — The Associated Press has projected Republican Jason Miyares as the winner of the Virginia attorney general’s race. Incumbent Mark Herring said he spoke with Miyares and congratulated him.
2:00 p.m. — Republican challenger Tim Anderson defeated incumbent Democrat Nancy Guy in the race for the 83rd District seat in the Virginia House of Delegates. Guy conceded Wednesday afternoon.
12:20 a.m. — The Associated Press has called the Virginia lieutenant governor race for Republican Winsome Sears. Sears will be Virginia’s first female lieutenant governor. She’s also the first woman of color to win statewide office in the commonwealth.
10:20 a.m. — Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam says he called Youngkin on Wednesday morning to congratulate him on his win.
9:48 a.m. — Terry McAuliffe has officially conceded to Glenn Youngkin in the Virginia gubernatorial race.
8:08 a.m. — GOP challenger Karen Greenhalgh took a 202-vote lead Wednesday morning over incumbent Democrat Alex Askew in the 85th District (Virginia Beach). She’s declaring victory.
7:30 a.m. — Races for Virginia’s lieutenant governor and attorney general have yet to be called by the Associated Press, but the GOP’s Winsome Sears and Jason Miyares were still up as of Wednesday morning.
6:48 a.m. — As of Wednesday morning, several Virginia House of Delegates races were still too close to call, per the Associated Press, but it appears the GOP will win back control of the chamber. Democrats had a 55-45 majority going into the 2021 election.
In closely monitored local races, Republican Tim Anderson was ahead of incumbent Democrat Nancy Guy, 51.5% to 48.5% with 96% reporting. Republican A.C. Cordoza was leading Democrat incumbent Martha Mugler, 49.7% to 48.8% with 90% reporting.
Democratic incumbent Alex Askew was leading Republican Karen Greenhalgh by nearly 100 votes with 100% precincts reporting Wednesday morning. The race has yet to be called by the AP.
Democrat incumbent Kelly Convirs-Fowler was still up by nearly 400 votes on GOP challenger Tanya Gould as of Wednesday morning. Data was still showing 96% precincts reporting.
1:50 a.m. — Amanda Batten, a Republican, elected to the House of Delegates District 96.
1:45 a.m. — Nadarius Clark, a Democrat, elected to the House of Delegates District 79.
1:43 a.m. — Angelia Graves, a Democrat, elected to the House of Delegates District 90.
1:30 a.m. — Based on unofficial election results, the Virginia Public Access Project projects that Republicans will take the majority in the House of Delegates.
1:25 a.m. — Clinton Jenkins, a Democrat, elected to House of Delegates District 76.
Barry Knight, a Republican, elected to House of Delegates District 81.
1:20 a.m. — NBC is projecting Winsome Sears as the winner of the Virginia lieutenant governor race.
12:30 a.m. — As of 12:30 a.m., several news outlets including NBC, CNN, and ABC, have called the race for Glenn Youngkin.
12:30 a.m. — Shelly Simonds, a Democrat, re-elected to the House of Delegates District 94, according to the Associated Press.
Midnight — The Virginia governor’s race is still undecided.
11:10 p.m. — Anne Tata, a Republican, elected to the House of Delegates District 82, according to the Associated Press.
10:50 p.m. — Del. Jeion Ward, a Democrat, re-elected to the House of Delegates District 92.
10:45 p.m. — Republican Glenn Youngkin still hadn’t taken the podium as of 10:45 p.m. Tuesday, but a woman from his campaign spoke briefly, assuring the crowd there would still be a party on election night.
10:20 p.m. — Democratic gubernatorial candidate Terry McAuliffe took to stage around 10:15 p.m. Tuesday night. While in many polls he is behind, he didn’t concede the race.
“We’ll continue to count bc every vote matters. This is a different state. The fight continues,” he said.
McAuliffe’s speech was relatively short. He took the time to thank his family and supporters saying “there is still about 18% of the vote out and every Virginia deserves to have their vote counted.”
10:10 p.m. — The City of Chesapeake said with all precincts reporting, there were four winners of local races, including:
10 p.m. — Del. Don Scott, a Democrat, was re-elected to the House of Delegates, District 80, according to the Associated Press.
In Norfolk, Ramin Fatehi won the uncontested commonwealth’s attorney race, according to a news release from the prosecutor’s office. Fatehi currently serves in the office as a Deputy Commonwealth’s Attorney. He will take office on Jan. 1, 2022.
“I am humbled by the support that my fellow Norfolk citizens have placed in me,” Fatehi said. “I intend to
carry out the promises I have made to them. Chief among them are to keep them safe through the promotion of civil rights, engage in the targeted prosecution of the small number of bad actors committing violent offenses, and increase community trust and institutional accountability through criminal justice reform.”
9:50 p.m. — Republican gubernatorial candidate Glenn Youngkin is set to speak shortly as election results come in for Virginia. Watch live in the player at the top of this page.
9:45 p.m. — Jerrauld Jones, Dem, elected to House of Delegates District 89, according to the Associated Press.
9:15 p.m. — The Youngkin campaign headquarters in Chantilly Tuesday night was packed by 9;15 p.m.
8:50 p.m. — WAVY News 10’s Kayla Gaskins just spoke with Sen. Mark Warner about the results coming in so far.
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8:15 p.m. — The flood mitigation bond referendum passed in Virginia Beach with a significant percentage.
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8 p.m. — Voter turnout for this election looking to be upwards of three million statewide, that’s more than 50% of Virginia’s 5.9 registered voters, WAVY’s Kayla Gaskins reports.
WAVY’s Michelle Wolf also reports that the Monarch Ballroom in the Westin at Town Center in Virginia Beach is starting to fill up for tonight’s Republican watch party.
Gubernatorial candidate Glenn Youngin had an early lead with 55.93% of the vote with 350 precincts reporting out of 2,855. However, campaign officials for McAuliffe said the former governor is currently doing better than anticipated in Loudoun County.
7:45 p.m. — WAVY’s Marielena Balouris is at the Democrat’s watch party in Virginia Bech waiting for election results. She discusses the House District 85 race, as well as explains what’s to come.
7:40 p.m. — According to WAVY sister station WRIC’s Jackie DeFusco, Terry McAuliffe’s campaign says a portion of the early votes in Fairfax County need to be rescanned and there is no set timeline for that yet. His staff says that could delay the results.
7 p.m. — Polls are now closed in Virginia. Check the page below for the latest updates.
6:45 p.m. — Here’s a recap on the day from Norfolk:
More than 1,000 voters waited until Election Day to vote at Norfolk’s Chrysler Museum precinct. They told 10 On Your Side the process was smooth, quick, and secure.
“I feel secure about my vote because they do have a paper trail,” said Robert Williams.
R. Arthur Jett lives just a few blocks from the poll, and he was ready for a change at the governor’s mansion.
“I think this last administration in Richmond was something that needs to be changed very badly, and that’s one reason why I voted for Glenn Youngkin, enthusiastically,” Jett said.
But others felt Youngkin and former President Donald Trump have too much in common.
“I don’t trust Youngkin’s position. Even though he’s tried to distance himself, last night Trump did come out and endorse him, and I cannot support any elected official that has that kind of endorsement,” said Alan Smith.
5:40 p.m. — 10 On Your Side’s Marielena Balouris spoke with House District 85 candidates Republican Karen Greenhalgh and Democrat incumbent Del. Alex Askew. While Greenhalgh chose to stay at one polling place throughout the day, Askew traveled around the district.
Meanwhile, WAVY’s Jon Dowding is in Virginia Beach monitoring House District 83. Del. Nancy Guy (D) is being challenged by newcomer Tim Anderson (R). He will be at Westin in Town Center with the Republican candidates as results come in Tuesday night.
WAVY’s Aesia Toliver was in Virginia Beach for House District 21, where candidates incumbent Del. Kelly Convirs-Fowler (D) and challenger Tanya Gould (R) were seen shaking hands and speaking with voters.
5:15 p.m. — The McAuliffe campaign tells 10 On Your Side they’ve already surpassed voter turnout in democratic strongholds Fairfax and Prince William County compared with 2017. They’re tracking a very high turnout among Black voters in Newport News.
4:45 p.m. — James City County is reporting that as of 3 p.m., nearly 60% of registered voters have already voted in today’s election.
4:30 p.m. –– WAVY’s Marielena Balouris is covering the District 85 House of Delegates race between Democratic incumbent Alex Askew and Republican challenger Karen Greenhalgh. Follow updates on that race, at this link.
1:22 p.m. — WAVY’s Aesia Toliver is covering the District 21 House of Delegates race between incumbent Democrat Kelly Convirs-Fowler and Republican challenger Tanya Gould. Follow her on Twitter and look for more coverage coming up.
1:20 p.m. — WAVY reporters are tracking multiple races in the commonwealth on Election Day.
Jon Dowding is covering one of the most competitive ones, the 83rd District House of Delegates seat. Incumbent Democrat Nancy Guy won by just 40 votes in 2019 against then incumbent Republican Chris Stolle, who was seen as more moderate compared to 2021 challenger Tim Anderson.
Anderson, a lawyer who represented a man accused in the Jan. 6 Capitol riot, gained a following back in 2020 after he filed a lawsuit (that’s since been dismissed) against State Sen. Louise Lucas over the Portsmouth Confederate monument incidents.
All 100 House of Delegates seats are on the ballot this election, and Republicans would need to flip at least six to win back control of the chamber. Democrats currently hold a 55-45 majority.
11:30 a.m. — Department of Elections Commissioner Christopher Piper said that as of Tuesday morning, nearly 20% of Virginia’s 5.9 million registered voters had already voted, with 862,927 early and in-person and 306,662 via absentee by mail.
2,612,309 voters total voted in 2017, the last time Virginia elected a new governor, of 47.6% of registered voters, 192,397 of those voted absentee. However thing are much different since then. Virginia expanded access to absentee voting, including in-person early voting for everyone.
Piper says he’s only heard of minor problems so far this Election Day, with one polling place in Henrico County delayed about 10 minutes due to a medical emergency. There were also reports of scanner machines being jammed, but election officials were following protocols while waiting for technicians to fix the issues.
There was also a power outage at a voting location in Chesterfield County, but voting was continuing as normal because voting machines have battery power.
Piper says he expects pre-processing of absentee ballots to be finished by 7 p.m., when polls close. Virginia now requires localities to pre-process absentee ballots starting at least seven days before Election Day. Just under 89,000 absentee ballots had not been returned as of Tuesday morning, Piper says. Absentee ballots postmarked on Election Day will be accepted, as long as they arrive at the registrar’s office at noon Friday. You can also return your mail ballot in-person, Piper says.
Piper says he expects localities to report the in-person early voting (which ended on Saturday) results quickly after 7 p.m. as well. In-person is split from the absentee this year, Piper says.
Basically with absentee and in-person ballots completed early, precincts will be able to focus on getting in the votes from Election Day itself fairly quickly.
“This is helpful because it means the localities should very easily process the remaining ballots they get today, to be able to begin tabulating results shortly after the polls close at 7 p.m.,” Piper says.
Piper says he couldn’t predict when all precincts should finish reporting, but it should all be done by this evening.
Another briefing is set for 8 p.m.
Watch Piper’s press conference below:
Piper also answered reporters’ questions here:
10 a.m. — You might want to take your rain jacket/umbrella if you’re going to the polls this afternoon/evening. Meteorologist Jeremy Wheeler says we could see some rain. Polls close at 7 p.m. in Virginia.
8:15 a.m. — Voting continues across Hampton Roads, including in East Ocean View, where WAVY anchor Tom Schaad voted. No line was reported as of 8:15 a.m. Other locations across Hampton Roads have reported smooth lines.
8:10 a.m. — Though some polling places have signs posted that says masks are required to vote inside a polling place, that doesn’t mean you’ll be turned away if you don’t have your mask. WAVY checked with election officials, who say you can still vote curbside. There are also some masks available at the polling places (while supplies last), so don’t leave if you don’t have your mask.
“It’s important to note you cannot be turned away if you’re not wearing a mask,” says Department of Elections Commissioner Christopher Piper.
6:30 a.m. — Polls are now open in North Carolina for municipal elections until 7:30 p.m. There are no statewide races in N.C. this year.
6 a.m. Polls are now open in Virginia until 7 p.m.