BREAKING NEWS: Clinton wins big in Loudoun, Comstock defeats Bennett

BREAKING NEWS: Clinton wins big in Loudoun, Comstock defeats Bennett

Burk elected Mayor of Leesburg.

In what may be a record turnout of Loudoun County voters, Democrat Hillary Clinton soundly defeated Republican Donald Trump in the race for President, garnering 55 percent of Loudoun’s vote to Trump’s 38 percent, with all 94 precincts reporting. Republican Barbara Comstock earned a second term in Congress, defeating Democrat challenger LuAnn Bennett by 53 to 46 percent overall, but winning Loudoun by less than 100 votes, with each candidate garnering about 49.8 percent of the vote.

Clinton received 99,909 votes to Trump’s 69,633 in Loudoun, Libertarian Gary Johnson scored just three percent of Loudoun’s vote, while Independent Evan McMullin and Green Party nominee Jill Stein received under two and one percent, respectively.

Comstock received 191,215 votes districtwide, to Bennett’s 165,643.

Clinton won six of the eight local districts in Loudoun, with Blue Ridge and Catoctin repeating their 2012 performance and voting for the Republican nominee. Comstock won three of the eight districts, with Algonkian, Dulles, Broad Run, Leesburg and Sterling going to Bennett.

Notwithstanding pledges of quick reporting of election results after polls closed, Loudoun County’s reporting got off to a good start then slowed to a crawl, and the state Board of Elections site took hours to get caught up.

Voters approved four general obligation bonds referenda: $76.1 million for parks and recreation projects; $17.5 million for public safety projects; $18 million for transportation projects; and $233 million for schools projects. Voters also sided with Gov. Terry McAuliffe and turned down a constitutional amendment that would be unfavorable to labor unions. They overwhelmingly passed another amendment to support spouses of emergency service providers killed in the line of duty.

In Town of Leesburg races, Democrat-endorsed Kelly Burk was handily elected Mayor, and the most of the seven candidates for three Town Council positions were bunched closely. Results showed the order as Ken Reid (15.9 percent), Ron Campbell (15.4 percent) and Tom Dunn (15.2 percent). Burk received 41 percent of the vote in the 12 Leesburg precincts, defeating Republican-endorsed Kevin Wright and incumbent Mayor Dave Butler, who received 29.6 and 28.7 percent of the vote, respectively.

Statewide, as of 11:45 p.m., Clinton was ahead of Trump, at 48 to 46.2 percent. With 2,502 of 2,559 precincts reporting (98 percent), the vote was reported as 1,718,408 for Clinton and 1,656,177 for Trump, and the state has been called for Clinton.

Look for more stories on the 2016 races tonight.

Tribune Staff
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