Isle of Wight voters support Republicans

Published 4:38 pm Friday, November 6, 2020

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In the races for president, U.S. Senate, and the House, Isle of Wight voters chose Republican candidates.

Just after 9 p.m. on Election Day, with all 14 precincts and preliminary early votes reported, 58.4% of Isle of Wight voters cast their ballot for incumbent President Donald Trump, while 39.9% voted for former Vice President Joe Biden; 1.3% of those who voted in Isle of Wight cast a ballot for Libertarian candidate Jo Jorgensen.

Isle of Wight voters similarly gave overwhelming support for Republican U.S. Senate candidate Daniel Gade, who is challenging incumbent Democratic Sen. Mark Warner. Voters cast 58% of their ballots for Gade, a combat-wounded Army verteran, versus 41.8% for Warner, a former governor of Virginia who was first elected to the Congress in 2008.

Republican John W. Collick Jr. challenged incumbent U.S. House Rep. Bobby Scott. Scott, a Democrat, has served in Congress since 1993, representing the 3rd Congressional District, which encompasses all of Isle of Wight County and all or parts of seven other Hampton Roads jurisdictions. Collick received 59% of votes versus Scott, who received 40.8%.

Warner and Scott easily won their races district-wide, however, and Biden carried the state.

Isle of Wight voters also overwhelmingly supported two state constitutional amendments. Amendment 1 asked voters to decide if Virginia should establish a redistricting commission to redraw congressional and state legislative districts; 72% of voters said yes and 27.9% said no. On the second constitutional amendment question, 86.3% said yes to the question of allowing a state tax exemption for a vehicle that is owned by military members and veterans who have a 100% service-connected permanent and total disability.

Final vote tallies are subject to change, as mail ballots that arrive at the registrar’s office before noon on Nov. 6 will be counted as long as they were postmarked on or before Election Day.