Cline wins Page County and 6th District, voter turnout about 48 percent

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LURAY, Nov. 8 — Congressman Ben Cline easily held on to his 6th District seat in the U.S. House of Representatives by a 2-to-1 margin on Tuesday. Cline earned 64.6 percent of the vote (171,371) across the district, compared to 35.3 percent (93,695 votes) for Democratic challenger Jennifer Lewis.

The Republican incumbent won by an even higher margin in Page County, where Cline captured 77.4 percent of the local ballots with 6,321 votes. Lewis earned only 22.4 percent, with 1,828 votes.

Votes cast for the congressional seat in Page County were fairly consistent across all precincts and platforms:

  • District 1 — 842 Cline; 223 Lewis
  • District 2 — 1,021 Cline; 240 Lewis
  • District 3 — 1,216 Cline; 168 Lewis
  • District 4 — 944 Cline, 123 Lewis
  • District 5 — 1,253 Cline, 157 Lewis
  • Absentee — 250 Cline, 208 Lewis
  • Early votes — 837 Cline, 667 Lewis

In her third attempt at the District 6 seat, Lewis only drew between 19 to 21 percent of the vote in Districts 1 and 2, and only 11 to 12 percent in the southern end of Page County.

COMMONWEALTH ATTORNEY

Commonwealth Attorney Bryan Cave was unopposed and received 6,096 votes. The Republican took over the constitutional office on an interim basis in June after the exit of Ken Alger II, who was appointed to the general district court bench in the 26th Judicial Circuit earlier this year. This year’s special election will fill the remainder of Alger’s term through Dec. 31, 2023. Another election for commonwealth’s attorney will be held in November 2023 for the next four-year term, which would run through Dec. 31, 2027.

TOWN OF STANLEY

The Town of Stanley saw no surprises in its council race, which featured three candidates for three open seats. Vice Mayor Bruce Stoneberger received 340 votes, while former mayor Doug Purdham earned 320 ballots and Councilman Duane Layman received 239 votes.

LURAY and SHENANDOAH

Both the Luray Council and the Shenandoah Council featured four candidates for three open seats, and each will now feature one new face to go along with two incumbents. (See links to related articles below.)

VOTER TURNOUT

With close to 8,200 votes cast among Page County’s 17,083 registered voters, local turnout for the 2022 midterm elections was just under 48 percent.

Check all 2022 election results for Page County on the Virginia Department of Elections website

https://results.elections.virginia.gov/vaelections/2022%20November%20General/Site/Locality/PAGE_COUNTY/Index.html

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