Three new council members have replaced former council Phil Ophie, Michael O’Brien, and John McElroy, nearly doubling their vote from four years ago, but still losing their seats. WHSV reports that three of the city’s four Democrats, Mark D’Agostino, John G. Brown Jr. and Michael Epps, went to incumbent Andrea Oakes, while the GOP captured four seats, according to the Richmond Times-Dispatch.
In fact, Republicans voted more than twice as often as Democrats in Richmond in 2012, winning more votes than any other city in Virginia and more seats in the Virginia House of Representatives. The Democratic candidate for mayor of Roanoke, Virginia’s second-largest city, called the results “stunning, almost indescribable.
Turnout among Republicans was so high that it approached the governor’s level, and Graham cited it as a key factor for Republicans in the city.
Turnout was 4,320, the Augusta Free Press reported, with a total of 17,279 votes cast, and the last four seats up for election in 2016 were in the US House of Representatives and Senate, as well as the governor’s seat. Graham wrote that 7,068 votes were cast in the city, representing a turnout of 2,356 individual voters.
The bottom line is that this strategy has worked for the GOP, and the transformation at Staunton is breathtaking and almost indescribable, “Graham said. The city that voted twice for Barack Obama, voted for Hillary Clinton, voted for Terry McAuliffe and Ralph Northam, and even gave Jennifer Lewis a Virginia House seat for the first time in its history, is now controlled by Republicans. Graham said the city’s new mayor, Bruce Rauner, a Republican, was elected in 2016, giving conservatives a working majority in a city of just over 1.5 million people. He reportedly received the same number that Ed Gillespie and Ken Cuccinelli collected in this city in 2017, which seems to me like a local election, suggesting a huge turnout of Republican voters.