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Historic turnout for 2013 Virginia governor’s race

CNN projects Santorum will win

CNN projects Santorum will win

RICHMOND, Va. (WTVR)–Despite the importance of state and local issues on the ballot, turnout tends to be lower in an off-election year.

Virginia and New Jersey are the only states to hold their gubernatorial election the year after presidential elections. Virginia is currently the only state whose governor serves one term.

A large voter turnout in the 2012 and 2008 elections is the primary force behind the state turning blue. In 2012, 80-percent of registered voters turned out to the polls, or 3,896,846 voters.

The 2009 race brought the most voters out to the polls (still only 42%) of any other gubernatorial race.

But the voter turnout for Nov. 5, 2013 surpassed that race with a turnout of 2,160, 068 voters, and still not all the precincts have been counted.

Terry McAuliffe’s campaign outspent Ken Cuccinelli’s roughly ten to one, and utilized a well-organized street team strategy. Yet the race was still a nail-biter, with Cuccinelli doing much better than many had predicted.

Libertarian candidate Robert Sarvis did not get the needed ten percent votes to secure his party ballot access through 2021, but he drew a good number of people out to the polls, with 142, 062 votes, or seven-percent.

There were 9,365 write-in votes, many possibly for Lt. Governor Bill Bolling, who had been anticipated to represent the Republican party bid for governor in 2013.

 Election Year  Total Votes
2013 2,235,284
2009 2,000,819
2001 1,886,721
1997 1,736,314
1993 1,793,916
1989 1,789,078
1985 1,343,243
1981 1,420,611
1977 1,250,940
1973 1,035,495
1969 915,764
1965 562,789
1961 394,490
1957 517,655
1953 412,457
1949 262,350
1945 168,783
1941 122,790
1937 149,972
1933 166,568
1929 269,728
1925 144,970
1921 215,813
1917 89,862
1913 72,407
1909 111,688
1905 130,580
1901 200,518
1897 170,690
1893 214,621
1889 285,317
1885 289,071
1881 214,221
1877 106,200
1873 213,085
1869 220,753
1863 59,897
1859 148,655
1855 156,668
1851 126,550

***info from State Board of Elections

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