Democrat Rob Krupicka has won the special election for the 45th District House of Delegates in northern Virginia.
According to the Virginia State Board of Elections website, with 24 of 24 precincts reporting Tuesday night, Krupicka had 6,384 votes, or 75 percent. Republican Timothy McGhee had 1,737 votes, and Libertarian Justin Malkin had 288 votes.
Like most special elections, turnout was very low at polling places.
Because of an extramarital affair, Delegate David Englin resigned in August from the Virginia state house during his fourth term representing District 45, Alexandria and parts of Arlington and Fairfax counties. Englin told supporters he wanted to leave public life to focus on his family.
“Those who are interested come and those who aren't don't and that's generally the case always,” says precinct volunteer George Walser.
Mid-day at a precinct in Arlington, only 150 voters had shown up.
Some voters wondered if the timing of this special election - right after a 3-day holiday weekend - resulted in other voters being less aware of the campaigns or less likely to go to the polls.
“I work on campaigns for people and so forth but I don't know what happened here,” says voter Carole Delong. “I'm sorry to say I'm totally embarrassed but I voted because you're supposed to.”
District 45 leans Democratic and Democrats say they received robocalls reminding them to vote Tuesday.
But several Republicans say this entire election season - including presidential politics - motivated them to vote.