VIRGINIA 13 Electoral Votes 
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Population 
(Source: U.S. Census Bureau, Virginia State Board of Elections)
Total Resident Population, July 1, 2012 est.
8,185,867
Total Registration, Nov. 2012 (active)
4,848,597 >

Virginia has: 95 counties and 39 independent cities.
Largest counties: Fairfax, Virginia Beach city, Prince William, Loudon, Chesterfield, Henrico. >
Largest cities: Virginia Beach, Norfolk, Chesapeake, Arlington CDP, Richmond. >

Government
Governor: Bob McDonnell (R) elected Nov. 2009.
State Legislature: Virginia General Assembly
Local: Counties, Local   NACO Counties
U.S. House: 8R, 3D - 1. R.Wittman (R) | 2. S.Rigell (R) | 3. R.Scott (D) | 4. R.Forbes (R) | 5. R.Hurt (R) | 6. R.Goodlatte (R) | 7. E.Cantor (R) | 8. J.Moran (D) | 9. M.Griffith (R) | 10. F.Wolf (R) | 11. G.Connolly (D).
U.S. Senate: Mark Warner (D) elected in 2008, Jim Webb (D) not seeking re-election in 2012.
2012
U.S. Senate: Sen. Jim Webb (D) announced he would not seek re-elect on Feb. 9, 2011 (+).  In one of the highest profile Senate races, former Gov. Tim Kaine (D) defeated former Sen. George Allen (R) by 2,010,067 votes (52.86%) to 1,785,542 (46.96%).
U.S. House: All eleven Members were re-elected.  The closest race occurred in the 2nd CD (Hampton, Newport News, Norfolk City, Virginia Beach) where freshman Rep. Scott Rigell (R) defeated Paul O. Hirschbiel, Jr. (D), president of a consulting and investing firm, by 53.75% to 46.09%.  (Obama carried the 2nd CD by a narrow margin).
Ballot Measures: Voters approved two proposed constitutional amendments by very wide margins.

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The Old Dominion State
General Election -- Tuesday, November 6, 2012
Voting Eligible Population*: 5,555,415.
VEP Highest Office Turnout Rate: 67.0%.


Voter Registration Deadline: October 15, 2012
In-Person Absentee Voting: September 21-November 3, 2012


In person: 3,423,717
In person curbside: 15,071
Absentee: 447,907
Provisional: 10,151
Total: 3,896,846

Official Results >

 
+Obama/Biden (Dem.)
1,971,820
(51.15)
Romney/Ryan (Rep.)
1,822,522
(47.28)
Johnson/Gray (Ind.)
31,216
(0.80)
Goode/Clymer (Const.)
13,058
(0.33)
Stein/Honkala (Grn.) 8,627
(0.22)
w/in
7,246

Total........3,854,489

total voted: 3,896,846
Overview: Virginia was a top-tier battleground state.  Although Republicans saw encouraging signs in the outcomes of the 2009 and 2010 elections, the Obama-Biden ticket won the Commonwealth with a plurality of 149,298 votes (3.87 percentage points), carrying 35 counties and independent cities (18 and 27) to 89 (77 and 12) for Romney-Ryan.  Looking at the results by CD, Romney won in CDs 1, 4, 5, 6, 7, 9 and 10, while Obama carried 2, 3, 8 and 11.
General Election Details
Obama  |  Romney
BALLOT [PDF]
[State Primary: June 12, 2012]
Presidential Preference Primary -- Tuesday, March 6, 2012
Democrats

Republicans
49 Delegates: 3 RNC; 13 at-large; 33 by CD (3 x 11).
2.14% of the 2,286 Delegates.

Official Results 
Mitt Romney
158,119
59.53%
Ron Paul
107,451
40.46%
Total
265,270

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Delegate Allocation: "The candidate who receives the most votes, as certified by the Virginia State Board of Elections, in each Congressional District will win all of the Delegates and Alternate Delegates from that specific Congressional District. Additionally, a presidential candidate, who receives at least 50.001% of the statewide vote, as certified by the Virginia State Board of Elections, will be awarded all of Virginia’s At-Large Delegates and Alternate Delegates. If no candidate receives at least 50.001% of the statewide vote as certified by the Virginia State Board of Elections, then delegate allocation will be based proportionally for any candidate that receives at least 15.000% of the vote." [PDF]


On March 25, 2011 Gov. Bob McDonnell (R) signed bills (SB1246/HB1843) to move the presidential primary date from the second Tuesday in February to the first Tuesday in March.  Both houses of the General Assembly passed the legislation with virtually no opposition.


General Election -- Tuesday, November 4, 2008
Voting Eligible Population*: 5,500,265.
VEP Highest Office Turnout Rate: 67.7%.




Last day for voter registration: Oct. 6, 2008.

Voter registration:
4,912,971 (active).

506,672 absentee ballots cast (13.5% of total vote)
Official Results >


+Obama/Biden (Dem.)
1,959,532 (52.62)
McCain/Palin (Rep.)
1,725,005 (46.33)
Nader/Gonzalez (Ind.)
11,483
(0.30)
Barr/Root (Lib.)
11,067
(0.29)
Baldwin/Castle (IndGrn)
7,474
(0.20)
w/in
6,355
(0.17)
McKinney/Clemente (Grn.)
2,344
(0.06)
Total........3,723,260


2008 Overview
Virginia was a full-fledged battleground state.  The Obama-Biden ticket won with a plurality of 234,527 votes (6.29 percentage points), making Obama the first Democratic presidential candidate to prevail in the Commonwealth since 1964 (when LBJ won all but six states).  Obama carried 6 congressional districts to 5 for McCain. 
General Election Details
Obama/Allies  |  McCain/Allies  |  Nader

General Election -- Tuesday, November 2, 2004
Voting Eligible Population*: 5,277,156.
VEP Highest Office Turnout Rate: 60.6%.




Voting in person: 3,001,097
Voting absentee: 222,059 (6.9%)
Total voters:
3,223,156

Voter registration: 4,517,980.
Official Results


+Bush/Cheney (Rep.)
1,716,959 (53.68)
Kerry/Edwards (Rep.) 1,454,742 (45.48)
Badnarik/Campagna (Lib.) 11,032 (0.34)
Peroutka/Baldwin (Const.) 10,161 (0.32)
Write Ins 5,473 (0.17)
Total........3,198,367  
Write Ins included 2,521 votes for individuals who filed by Oct. 23 the Joint Declaration of Intent: Brown/Herbert 23; Cobb 104; Nader 2,393; J.Spence 1.
2004 Overview
Democrats put some resources into Virginia but saw no improvement in the outcome as Bush-Cheney amassed a plurality of 262,217 votes (8.20 percentage points).  In terms of localities Bush won 102 (82 counties and 20 cities) and Kerry won 32 (13 counties and 19 cities).  Bush prevailed in nine congressional districts, while Kerry won only the 3rd and 8th CDs.
General Election Details

General Election -- Tuesday, November 7, 2000
Voting Eligible Population*5,069,265.
VEP Highest Office Turnout Rate: 54.0%.


2,789,808 total votes were cast for president -- 2,739,447 were counted.  50,361 (1.8%) were under or overvotes.

Voter registration:
3,770,273 active.
+Bush/Cheney (Rep.)
 1,437,490
(52.47)
Gore/Lieberman (Dem.)
 1,217,290
(44.44)
Browne/Olivier (Lib.)
15,198
(0.55)
Buchanan-Foster (Ref.)
5,455
(0.20)
Phillips-Frazier (Const.)
 1,809
(0.07)
Nader-LaDuke (Grn.)
59,398
(2.17)
Write-Ins
 2,807
(0.10)
Total........2,739,447

2000 Overview
A Democrat has not won Virginia in the presidential race since LBJ carried the state in 1964.  That held true in 2000 as Bush-Cheney bested Gore-Lieberman with a plurality of 220,200 votes (8.03 percentage points).  Bush won in eight of the state's congressional districts, while Gore won in three (3rd, 8th and 11th). 

Notes: For an individual other than the nominees of the Democratic and Republican parties to appear on the general election ballot as a candidate for president he or she must have submitted signatures of not less than 10,000 qualified voters in Virginia, including at least 400 qualified voters from each of Virginia's 11 congressional districts, to the State Board of Elections no later than noon August 25, 2000.

1992 and 1996 General Elections
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Bush (Rep.)..........1,150,517 (44.96)
Clinton (Dem.).......1,038,650 (40.59)
Perot (Ind.)..............348,639
 (13.62)
Others (3)..................20,859
(0.82)
Total........2,558,665

1996
Dole (Rep.)...........1,138,350 (47.10)
Clinton (Dem.).......1,091,060 (45.15)
Perot (Ref.)..............159,861
 (6.62)
Others (3).................27,371
(1.14)
Total........2,416,642