IW, Surry voters choose November candidates

Published 12:45 am Wednesday, July 1, 2020

Residents of Isle of Wight and Surry counties followed the lead of primary 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 U.S. Sen. Mark Warner, giving Gade 76% of the vote in the county. Gade defeated fellow Republicans Thomas A. Speciale II and Alissa A. Baldwin.

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

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

Districtwide, Collick received nearly 39.7% of the vote, Downs 34% and Yacus about 25.8%. 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 U.S. Rep. Donald McEachin, giving him 93% 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% of the vote; Levine received 19.8% of the vote. Republican challenger Leon Benjamin, a Richmond pastor who was chosen in a GOP convention on Saturday, is looking to unseat McEachin on Election Day.