Updated at 9 p.m. — U.S. Senator Mark Warner and Alexandria’s Congressman Don Beyer have won reelection.
With 2,241 of 2,285 precincts reporting, Warner appeared to be down 43% to 57% against his opponent Republican Daniel Gade, although NPR called the race for Warner shortly after polls closed.
The Associated Press called the race for Beyer at 8:10 p.m.
Beyer defeated Republican Jeff Jordan to retain his seat for a fourth term. With 141 out of 171 precincts reporting, Beyer led with 129,088 votes (71.3%) to Jordan’s 51,647 votes (28%), according to the Virginia Department of Elections.
Mayor Justin Wilson Congratulated Beyer on social media.
Congrats to @RepDonBeyer on his re-election.
Alexandria is well represented in Washington by our great congressman! https://t.co/e8DHMv4ly0
— Justin Wilson (@justindotnet) November 4, 2020
But it might take time to determine the outcome of some races.
“Absentee ballots may be accepted until noon on November 6th. Therefore, results are incomplete,” according to the Alexandria Office of Elections. “Results will be certified on November 16th.”
There have been 65,000 absentee ballots collected in Alexandria so far, and the deadline for the Office of Elections to count those ballots is Friday, and they have to submit the official results to the Virginia State Board of Elections by next Tuesday.
JUST IN: Democratic Sen. Mark Warner of Virginia has won reelection in Virginia, defeating Republican opponent Daniel Gade, according to a race call by the AP. https://t.co/2tF3Ol7E20 pic.twitter.com/P8PR90yo0a
— NPR (@NPR) November 4, 2020
Congrats to my longtime friend and my senior Senator @MarkWarner on his re-election tonight! A win for Virginians and all Americans. Here's to many more celebrations together! pic.twitter.com/ZWaeuO3gnL
— Tim Kaine (@timkaine) November 4, 2020
Absentee ballots are parts of an election. They must all be counted.
States don't seek to announce results on election night. The media does.
States don't certify election results on the day of the election. Many take weeks before certification.
— Mark Warner (@MarkWarner) November 3, 2020
— Michael Pope (@MichaelLeePope) November 4, 2020
See earlier election coverage below the jump.
As of 4 p.m., just over 75% of Alexandria voters cast ballots in the 2020 general election.
“We’ve been counting down this day for a while,” Angie Maniglia Turner, the city’s general registrar and director of elections, told ALXnow. “Overall most of our precincts have been going very smoothly. So, little lines in the morning, but otherwise, voters are getting in casting their ballot and proceeding through their day.”
Amanda Stafford was relieved after casting her ballot at the Mount Vernon Recreation Center. She said that the process of voting with a mask on and with distancing was simple, and she didn’t have to wait in line.
“I’m just hoping that in our case that Biden takes one of his easy paths to victory and takes a swing state,” Stafford said. “I think that if that doesn’t happen, we’re gonna be waiting three days on pins and needles.”
On the ballot for Nov. 3 is the race for president and vice president, a U.S. Senate and Congressional seat and two proposed Constitutional Amendments.
About 14,000 residents cast their votes in person as of 4 p.m.
As of 3 p.m., there were 574 votes cast (out of 4,459 voters in the precinct) at the Mount Vernon Recreation Center in Del Ray.
“It helps that two-thirds of the electorate voted already,” said Jim Bender, precinct captain at Mount Vernon Rec. “But the whole process has been smooth. The Board of Elections has done a fabulous job.”
The City Hall precinct reported 278 votes cast (out of 2,919 in the precinct) as of 3:55 p.m.
“We had a line when we opened at 6 a.m., but it dissipated very quickly,” said David Kaplan, the precinct captain at City Hall. “It’s been pretty smooth all day.”
The polls close at 7 p.m.