The Latest on Election Day 2016 in Virginia (all times local):
1:20 a.m. Wednesday
The results of the Richmond mayoral race could not be determined early Wednesday as the city counted absentee ballots that could impact the front runner’s slim lead.
But it appeared that disgraced former lawmaker Joe Morrissey was out of the running, placing a distant third in the popular vote. Pre-election polls had shown Morrissey leading, but he was plagued by a number of sex scandals, including a legal client’s recent claim that he made unwanted sexual advances.
Former Secretary of the Commonwealth Levar Stoney led the popular vote and former leader of an economic development organization Jack Berry was in second place. But a candidate must win five out of the nine council districts to avoid a runoff election. Stoney led in five districts, but one of them by fewer than 300 votes without absentee ballots being counted.
The top two candidates in the popular vote go to a runoff in December.
Hillary Clinton has won the presidential contest in Virginia — the home state of her running mate, Tim Kaine.
The Democrat beat Republican businessman Donald Trump in the swing state to pick up 13 electoral votes on Tuesday.
Clinton was favored to win Virginia, which Kaine represents in the U.S. Senate. The vice presidential candidate previously served as governor of Virginia and mayor of Richmond.
Current Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe is also a close friend of the Clintons.
Clinton’s victory marks the third consecutive Virginia presidential win for Democrats. President Barack Obama took the critical swing state in both 2008 and 2012 after several years of Republican victories.
Freshman Republican Barbara Comstock has won re-election in Virginia’s 10th Congressional District, fending off a strong challenge from Democrat LuAnn Bennett.
The Comstock-Bennett race was the most closely watched congressional race in Virginia; Comstock started off with an advantage but many analysts rated the contest a tossup in the campaign’s final weeks.
Comstock emphasized her clout with the GOP’s House leadership and took steps to distance herself from presidential nominee Donald Trump.
Bennett, a real estate developer, was making her first run for public office.
The 10th District stretches from the wealthy suburbs of McLean inside the Capital Beltway out west to Winchester.
Democrat Donald McEachin has won election in Virginia’s 4th Congressional District, giving Democrats control of a seat that has been in Republican hands since 2001.
McEachin, a state senator from the Richmond area, defeated Republican Mike Wade, the sheriff in Henrico County.
While the 4th District has long been represented by a Republican, McEachin’s election was no surprise. The district boundaries were altered significantly after a panel of federal judges ruled that black voters had been wrongly packed into a neighboring district. The redistricting made the 4th District, which stretches from the Richmond suburbs to parts of Hampton roads, significantly more friendly to Democrats.
The district had been represented by Republican Randy Forbes, who tried unsuccessfully to run in the 2nd District after the new boundaries were drawn.
Republican Scott Taylor has won election in Virginia’s 2nd Congressional District, defeating Democrat Shaun Brown.
Taylor, a former Navy SEAL and state delegate from Virginia Beach, will succeed moderate Republican Scott Rigell, who decided not to seek a fourth term.
Taylor’s most significant challenge came in the primary, where he defeated Randy Forbes, a sitting congressman who tried to move from the 4th District to the 2nd District after a court-ordered redistricting erased the GOP’s edge in his own district.
The Democratic candidate — Brown, a community activist from Newport News — was the only Democrat who filed to run for the seat.
Virginia’s incumbent congressional representatives have made a strong showing in Tuesday’s election.
The Associated Press has declared incumbents in seven districts the winners of their races.
In the 1st Congressional District, Republican Rob Wittman won another term, defeating Democratic challenger M.D. Rowe and Glenda Gail Parker, an independent.
In the 3rd District, Democratic Bobby Scott defeated Republican M.L. “Marty” Williams.
In the 6th District, Republican Bob Goodlatte beat Democrat Kai Degner.
In the 7th District, Republican Dave Brat defeated Eileen Bedell.
In the 8th District, Democrat Donald Beyer beat Republican Charles Hernick and independent Julio Gracia.
In the 9th, Republican Morgan Griffith defeated Democrat Derek Kitts and independent Janice Allen Boyd.
Incumbent Gerry Connolly, a Democrat who was unopposed, took the 11th District.
Republican Tom Garrett has won the open seat in Virginia’s 5th Congressional District, keeping the seat in GOP hands.
Garrett, a state senator from Buckingham County, defeated Democrat Jane Dittmar, the former chair of the board of supervisors in Albemarle County.
The district stretches from Fauquier County on the edge of northern Virginia through Charlottesville and down to much of southside Virginia. It has been represented since 2011 by Republican Robert Hurt, who opted not to seek re-election.
The race drew national attention when a gun-toting supporter of Donald Trump carried out a one-man protest outside a Dittmar campaign office. Gun-rights supporters criticized Dittmar after one of her campaign volunteers called police in response to the man’s presence.
The head of Virginia’s Department of Elections says complaints about problems at the polls have so far not been any greater than in previous years.
Department of Elections Commissioner Edgardo Cortes said at a news conference Tuesday evening that among the “isolated issues” were long lines in Richmond, Chesapeake, Prince William, Spotsylvania and Staunton. He says elections officials are monitoring the lines and reminds voters that anyone in line by the time polls close at 7 p.m. will be able to vote.
Cortes says several precincts in northern Virginia’s Fairfax County didn’t properly load their electronic poll book data, so some people who likely were registered weren’t showing up. He says those people were given provisional ballots and the elections office will work quickly to process them.
He says the department also got complaints from some voters who had registered at Department of Motor Vehicle offices but weren’t on the rolls. Cortes says that happens every election and an audit process is in place to confirm who registered and process their provisional ballots.
An election official in Virginia’s most populous county says some poll workers were inappropriately asking voters for their driver’s licenses instead of the other forms of identification they presented.
Fairfax County General Registrar Cameron Sasnett says the poll workers were reminded that numerous forms of ID are accepted at Virginia polling places. He says no voters were turned away.
Sasnett says the confusion arose in part because the county is using new devices that can scan driver’s licenses and look up voters more quickly.
He says he knows of at least two polling places where the problem occurred.
Virginia elections officials say there have been scattered problems at polling places in the state, but nothing major.
Virginia Department of Elections spokeswoman Dena Potter says police were called after two voters started yelling at each other in Chesterfield County. She says officers resolved the issue and no one was arrested.
Potter says there was a display issue with electronic voting machines in Nottoway County. After voters made their choice for president, the selection was displayed under the header “U.S. Senate.” She says the votes were still counted accurately despite the inaccurate display.
Potter also says there have been long lines because of high turnout at some polling places, including in Richmond.
Tim Kaine is not letting the biggest election of his life get in the way of his Tuesday routine.
After voting at 6 a.m. and doing a round of national morning TV shows, Kaine met a group of friends for breakfast at the City Diner in Richmond.
Kaine and his friends try to meet every Tuesday at the diner, a few miles from his home.
The U.S. senator and former Virginia governor was greeted with cheers as he walked into the restaurant.
Tim Kaine has cast his ballot for president in his hometown of Richmond, Virginia.
The Democratic vice presidential nominee and his wife, Anne Holton, voted shortly after polls opened at 6 a.m. at a retirement community near their home.
Kaine was cheered by supporters waiting in line.
After voting, he spoke to reporters where he encouraged Americans to vote and said that if elected, he and running mate Hillary Clinton would try and bring the country together.
“The sign of a vigorous democracy is one where a lot of people participate,” Kaine said.
Virginians are deciding whether Democrat Hillary Clinton or Republican Donald Trump will win the swing state’s 13 electoral votes, and voters also will weigh in on several crucial congressional and mayoral races.
Leading to Tuesday, polls have shown Clinton leading Trump in Virginia, which is the home of her running mate Tim Kaine. Kaine represents Virginia in the U.S. Senate and previously served as mayor of Richmond and governor of Virginia.
Other key races to watch include the battle for Virginia’s 10th Congressional District, where freshman Republican Rep. Barbara Comstock is trying to fend off a serious challenge from Democrat LuAnn Bennett.
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