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Loudoun Backs Biden, Wexton Amid Record Turnout

Rep. Jennifer T. Wexton delivers a victory speech at a small, socially-distant watch party in Sterling Tuesday, Nov. 3. [Patrick Szabo/Loudoun Now]

On the wave of significant support among more than 153,000 early and absentee votes, Joe Biden took 61% of the Loudoun vote in Tuesday’s presidential election.

It was the biggest win by a presidential candidate in Loudoun since 1988, when George H. W. Bush took 66% of the vote in his defeat of Michael Dukakis.

A record 219,412 Loudouners cast ballots.

It also reflected the vote statewide, which was called for Biden by national news outlets soon after polls closed. Complete vote tallies across the state will not be available until at least Friday, however, which is the last day that mailed absentee ballots will be accepted.

President Donald J. Trump and other Republican candidates led the voting in the in-person Election Day tallies, but Democrats were swept into office with strong performances in the unprecedented level of early voting.

In the end, Biden outperformed Hillary Clinton’s race four years ago, when she beat Trump with 54.8% of the Loudoun vote. Biden also was the top vote getter among other victorious Democrats on the ballot, demonstrating success in attracting Republican crossover votes.

Loudoun voters backed incumbent Democrat Jennifer Wexton in the 10th District congressional race. She got 59% of the Loudoun vote in her race against challenger Aliscia N. Andrews, of Aldie.

During a watch party at her Sterling office, Wexton spoke to a group of about a dozen of her supporters and staff a little past 10:30 p.m. Tuesday night, noting that her work on Capitol Hill is “far from finished.”

Wexton said that while it’s easy to get overwhelmed by the news in this day and age, she is filled with “great hope.”

“We’ll take another big leap forward,” she said.

“I’m honored and forever grateful that you’ve given me this opportunity,” she told her constituents in the 10th Congressional District on a live broadcast from her office. “I can’t wait to get back to doing what I love to do—fighting for the families of Virginia 10.”

Virginia Sen. John Bell (D-13) called the 2020 election “monumental” and called Wexton a “warrior” and a “leader we need in Congress.”

U.S. Rep. Jennifer Wexton (D-VA-10) addresses her constituents via a livestream broadcast Tuesday night after winning re-election. [Patrick Szabo/Loudoun Now]

Incumbent Mark Warner (D) won a third 6-year term with a victory over Republican Daniel M. Gage. In Loudoun, Warner got 61% of the vote, a significant improvement over his 2014 race against Ed Gillespie when he only won 48% of the Loudoun vote.

With up to 12% of absentee ballots still outstanding on Tuesday, Loudoun is only a fraction of a percentage point of breaking its previous turnout record, according to numbers reported by the Loudoun Office of Elections.

As of Tuesday night, Loudoun had seen 78.64% turnout, with 221,967 ballots counted. More ballots will likely come in, as mailed absentee ballots are accepted until noon Friday as long as they were postmarked by Election Day.

The previous record for turnout in this millennium was in 2008, when 77.92% of registered voters cast ballots. But Loudoun was also smaller then, and that only accounted to 179,320 people voting that year.

But Loudoun with its ever-growing population had already broken the record for total number of ballots cast by lunchtime Tuesday.

According to the Loudoun County Office of Elections, as of 1 p.m., 201,956 ballots had been cast. Only a relatively small part of that was actual Election Day voting—at that point, only 47,891 people voting had ventured to the polls Tuesday.

The previous record for number of voters casting a ballot was in 2016, which saw 76.77% turnout and 183,870 votes cast—about 38,000 fewer than have been counted this year so far.

Loudoun came into Election Day with more than half of registered voters having already voted. Turnout on Monday, before election day had even arrived, stood at 53.26%.

This story was updated at 12:45 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 4.