(Updated at 9:55 p.m.) Arlington Democrats once again have reason to celebrate on election night.
Democratic incumbents have cruised to reelection in all local races. Meanwhile, Democrats in Arlington and Northern Virginia have helped push two statewide candidates to the verge of victory.
CNN has projected that Democratic Terry McAuliffe will be the next governor of Virginia, defeating Republican Ken Cuccinelli and Libertarian Robert Sarvis. Democrat Ralph Northam, meanwhile, has defeated Republican E.W. Jackson in the race for lieutenant governor.
Voting in Virginia ended at 7:00 p.m., on an election day when the gubernatorial race was garnering the lion’s share of headlines and voter interest.
In Arlington, without a Republican candidate in any local race, third party candidates like Audrey Clement, Green Party candidate for Arlington County Board, were left to provide the opposition to the Democrats on the ballot.
With the majority of votes counted, here are the numbers as of 9:45 p.m.:
County Board – Jay Fisette (D): 66%; Audrey Clement (G): 31%
House of Delegates, 45th District – Rob Krupicka (D): 74%; Jeffrey Engle (I): 25%
House of Delegates, 47th District – Patrick Hope (D): 76%; Laura Delhomme (L): 23%
House of Delegates, 49th District — Alfonso Lopez (D): 78%; Terrence Modglin (IG): 21%
The races for Arlington School Board and the 48th House of Delegates District, featuring incumbents James Lander and Del. Bob Brink, were uncontested.
On the referendum question of whether Arlington should establish a redevelopment and housing authority, the “no” position — endorsed by both the local Republican and Democratic parties — is ahead. So far, the results:
Housing Authority Referendum: Yes: 30%; No: 70%
At their election night party on Columbia Pike, Arlington Democrats were declaring victory in local races and expressing enthusiasm about their role in the statewide races.
“It’s going to be a good night,” Arlington County Democratic Committee Chairman Mike Lieberman told the crowd. “If you look at the numbers coming in from around Arlington, we did our jobs.”
Re-elected County Board member Jay Fisette, who will take over the chairmanship of the Board in 2014, thanked Democratic volunteers for their get-out-the-vote efforts.
“This is a great county and I really appreciate the support you’ve given me” he said.