IW, Surry voters choose November candidates

Published 7:35 pm Thursday, June 25, 2020

By Nate Delesline III

Staff Writer


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Residents of Isle of Wight and Surry counties followed the lead of Primary Day voters statewide on June 23 in choosing Congressional candidates for Election Day on Nov. 3.

Isle of Wight voters chose Republican Daniel M. Gade to run against incumbent Democratic Sen. Mark Warner, giving Gade 76 percent of the vote in the county. Gade defeated fellow Republicans Thomas A. Speciale II and Alissa A. Baldwin. 

Statewide, Gade received 67 percent of the vote, Baldwin 18 percent and Speciale 14 percent.

For the 3rd U.S. Congressional District, Republican John W. Collick was the top vote-getter in Isle of Wight in a three-way statewide race to challenge incumbent Democratic Rep. Bobby Scott. Collick received nearly 46 percent of the vote, giving him the victory over rivals J.H. Madison Downs and George M. Yacus, both Republicans.

Statewide, Collick received nearly 39.7 percent of the vote, Downs 34 percent and Yacus about 25.8 percent. The 3rd District includes all of Isle of Wight County and all or part of several adjacent localities. 

In Surry, which is part of the 4th Congressional District, voters overwhelmingly chose incumbent Democratic Rep. Donald McEachin, giving him 93 percent of the vote in his primary race against challenger R. Cazel Levine. The district encompasses all or part of 16 jurisdictions between Richmond and Hampton Roads.

McEachin had a strong showing statewide, garnering 80 percent of the vote; Levine received 19.8 percent of the vote. Republican challenger Leon Benjamin is looking to useat McEachin on Election Day.