PHOTOS: Primary day in Virginia

Tuesday’s big race may have been for Fairfax County’s Democratic nominee for chair of the Board of Supervisors, but there were races throughout the state for party nominees for General Assembly seats and many local positions.

Polls were open Tuesday from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. WTOP’s Kristi King and Dick Uliano were out and about in Fairfax County, taking the pulse of voters and taking photos.

Among the people they spoke with, key issues driving them to the polls Tuesday morning included: protecting Virginia’s green space from developers, “preserving the character of the community,” and “looking for the most conservative person who has a chance to win.”



Other voters said it was the first time they had come out for a primary at this time of the year, but they were motivated because they want to try to make a difference in their community.

Jeff McKay
Lee District Supervisor Jeff McKay addresses supporters during the Virginia Democratic Primary election on Tuesday, June 11, 2019. (WTOP/Dick Uliano) (WTOP/Dick Uliano)
James Walkinshaw addresses the crowd after winning the Democratic primary for supervisor of Braddock District. (WTOP/Dick Uliano)
James Walkinshaw addresses the crowd after winning the Democratic primary for supervisor of the Braddock District. (WTOP/Dick Uliano) (WTOP/Dick Uliano)
Richard L. Saslaw
Yasmine Taeb is greeted by a supporter during an election night party at Zaaki Restaurant and Hookah Bar in Falls Church, Va., Tuesday, June 11. 2019. She challenged Virginia Senate Minority Leader Dick Saslaw, D-Fairfax, 79, for the Democratic slot in the 35th district. Taeb, 39, is his first primary opponent in 40 years. (Sarah L. Voisin/The Washington Post via AP) (AP/Sarah L. Voisin)
Joe Morrissey hugs his wife Myrna with son Maverick, 17-month-old, as he celebrates his Democratic primary win in the 16th District State Senate race with his supporters at the election party of Plaza Mexico in Petersburg, Va., Tuesday, June 11, 2019. (Daniel Sangjib Min/Richmond Times-Dispatch via AP)
Joe Morrissey hugs his wife Myrna with 17-month-old son Maverick as he celebrates his Democratic primary win in the 16th District State Senate race with his supporters at the election party of Plaza Mexico in Petersburg, Va., Tuesday, June 11, 2019. (Daniel Sangjib Min/Richmond Times-Dispatch via AP) (AP/Daniel Sangjib Min)
Virginia 24th District Sen. Emmett Hanger, R-Mount Solon, is congratulated by family members as he arrives at The Depot Grille for an Election Night party in Staunton, Va., Tuesday, June 11, 2019. Hanger won the primary election against challenger Tina Freitas. (Daniel Lin/Daily News-Record via AP)
Virginia 24th District Sen. Emmett Hanger, R-Mount Solon, is congratulated by family members as he arrives at The Depot Grille for an Election Night party in Staunton, Va., Tuesday, June 11, 2019. Hanger won the primary election against challenger Tina Freitas. (Daniel Lin/Daily News-Record via AP) (AP/Daniel Lin)
Virginia 24th District senator Emmett Hanger, R-Mount Solon, gives a victory speech during a party at The Depot Grille in Staunton, Va., Tuesday, June 11, 2019. Hanger won the primary election against challenger Tina Freitas. (Daniel Lin/Daily News-Record via AP)
Virginia 24th District senator Emmett Hanger, R-Mount Solon, gives a victory speech during a party at The Depot Grille in Staunton, Va., Tuesday, June 11, 2019. Hanger won the primary election against challenger Tina Freitas. (Daniel Lin/Daily News-Record via AP) (AP/Daniel Lin)
Joe Morrissey, right, with his daughter Bella, 3, celebrates his Democratic primary win in 16th District State Senate race with his supporters at the election party of Plaza Mexico in Petersburg, Va., Tuesday, June 11, 2019. (Daniel Sangjib Min/Richmond Times-Dispatch via AP)
Joe Morrissey, right, with his daughter Bella, 3, celebrates his Democratic primary win in 16th District State Senate race with his supporters at the election party of Plaza Mexico in Petersburg, Va., Tuesday, June 11, 2019. (Daniel Sangjib Min/Richmond Times-Dispatch via AP) (AP/Daniel Sangjib Min)
Supporters of state Sen. Richard Saslaw, D-Fairfax, are illuminated by cell phone screens as they check results at an election party in Springfield, Va., Tuesday, June 11, 2019. Saslaw is in a close race with his first primary opponent in 39 years. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)
Supporters of state Sen. Richard Saslaw, D-Fairfax, are illuminated by cellphone screens as they check results at an election party in Springfield, Va., Tuesday, June 11, 2019. Saslaw is in a close race with his first primary opponent in 39 years. (AP Photo/Steve Helber) (AP/Steve Helber)
As of 12:01 p.m. Tuesday, about 5.1% of precinct 708-Marshall High School has voted. (WTOP/Kristi King)
As of 12:01 p.m. Tuesday, about 5.1% of precinct 708-Marshall High School has voted. (WTOP/Kristi King) (WTOP/Kristi King)
Supporters of Jeff McKay, Sen Dick Saslaw and James Walkinshaw gather at a Democratic watch party in Fairfax County, Virginia. (WTOP/Dick Uliano)
Supporters of Jeff McKay, Sen Dick Saslaw and James Walkinshaw gather at a Democratic watch party in Fairfax County, Virginia. (WTOP/Dick Uliano) (WTOP/Dick Uliano)
Polls are open until 7 p.m. on Tuesday, June 11, 2019. (WTOP/Kristi King)
Polls were open until 7 p.m. on Tuesday, June 11, 2019. (WTOP/Kristi King) (WTOP/Kristi King)
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Even the most calorie-conscious poll volunteers need a little sugar during primary day. (WTOP/Kristi King)
Even the most calorie-conscious poll volunteers need a little sugar during primary day. (WTOP/Kristi King) (WTOP/Kristi King)
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One primary candidate wore her “good luck pin.” (WTOP/Kristi King) (WTOP/Kristi King)
Tiffany Diehl came out to vote Tuesday. She said "green space for Reston" is an important issue. (WTOP/Kristi King)
Tiffany Diehl came out to vote Tuesday. She said “green space for Reston” is an important issue. (WTOP/Kristi King) (WTOP/Kristi King)
Volunteers were busy at the Reston precinct 223 even though turnout was low.  They had a lot of absentee ballots. (WTOP/Kristi King)
Volunteers were busy at the Reston precinct 223 even though turnout was low. They had a lot of absentee ballots. (WTOP/Kristi King) (WTOP/Kristi King)
Candidate volunteers are up and at it early. Elena Lowe says she’s out to support a really great candidate for Commonwealth’s Attorney  at Reston, Virginia, precinct 223. (WTOP/Kristi King)
Candidate volunteers are up and at it early. Elena Lowe said she is out to support a really great candidate for Commonwealth’s Attorney at Reston, Virginia, precinct 223. (WTOP/Kristi King) (WTOP/Kristi King)
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The Democratic Primary sample ballot. (WTOP/Kristi King)
The Democratic Primary sample ballot. (WTOP/Kristi King) (WTOP/Kristi King)
Precinct 223 chief Alex Turner was out in Reston early Tuesday morning. "All are welcome," he said. (WTOP/Kristi King)
Precinct 223 chief Alex Turner was out in Reston early Tuesday morning. “All are welcome,” he said. (WTOP/Kristi King) (WTOP/Kristi King)
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Jeff McKay
James Walkinshaw addresses the crowd after winning the Democratic primary for supervisor of Braddock District. (WTOP/Dick Uliano)
Richard L. Saslaw
Joe Morrissey hugs his wife Myrna with son Maverick, 17-month-old, as he celebrates his Democratic primary win in the 16th District State Senate race with his supporters at the election party of Plaza Mexico in Petersburg, Va., Tuesday, June 11, 2019. (Daniel Sangjib Min/Richmond Times-Dispatch via AP)
Virginia 24th District Sen. Emmett Hanger, R-Mount Solon, is congratulated by family members as he arrives at The Depot Grille for an Election Night party in Staunton, Va., Tuesday, June 11, 2019. Hanger won the primary election against challenger Tina Freitas. (Daniel Lin/Daily News-Record via AP)
Virginia 24th District senator Emmett Hanger, R-Mount Solon, gives a victory speech during a party at The Depot Grille in Staunton, Va., Tuesday, June 11, 2019. Hanger won the primary election against challenger Tina Freitas. (Daniel Lin/Daily News-Record via AP)
Joe Morrissey, right, with his daughter Bella, 3, celebrates his Democratic primary win in 16th District State Senate race with his supporters at the election party of Plaza Mexico in Petersburg, Va., Tuesday, June 11, 2019. (Daniel Sangjib Min/Richmond Times-Dispatch via AP)
Supporters of state Sen. Richard Saslaw, D-Fairfax, are illuminated by cell phone screens as they check results at an election party in Springfield, Va., Tuesday, June 11, 2019. Saslaw is in a close race with his first primary opponent in 39 years. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)
As of 12:01 p.m. Tuesday, about 5.1% of precinct 708-Marshall High School has voted. (WTOP/Kristi King)
Supporters of Jeff McKay, Sen Dick Saslaw and James Walkinshaw gather at a Democratic watch party in Fairfax County, Virginia. (WTOP/Dick Uliano)
Polls are open until 7 p.m. on Tuesday, June 11, 2019. (WTOP/Kristi King)
Even the most calorie-conscious poll volunteers need a little sugar during primary day. (WTOP/Kristi King)
Tiffany Diehl came out to vote Tuesday. She said "green space for Reston" is an important issue. (WTOP/Kristi King)
Volunteers were busy at the Reston precinct 223 even though turnout was low.  They had a lot of absentee ballots. (WTOP/Kristi King)
Candidate volunteers are up and at it early. Elena Lowe says she’s out to support a really great candidate for Commonwealth’s Attorney  at Reston, Virginia, precinct 223. (WTOP/Kristi King)
The Democratic Primary sample ballot. (WTOP/Kristi King)
Precinct 223 chief Alex Turner was out in Reston early Tuesday morning. "All are welcome," he said. (WTOP/Kristi King)

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