Virginia House of Delegates 2005 Elections

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Friday, May 06, 2005

90th District

Outlook: Safe Democratic
Primary Outlook: Likely Howell

The 90th District is a majority African American seat based in Norfolk, and stretching into Virginia Beach. It was represented for many years by Del. William Robinson. After some legal problems in 2001, he was unseated by Winsome Sears, an African American woman. In 2003, Democrats thought they could take this seat back and had a competitive caucus with William Robinson trying to come back and Algie Howell a neighborhood activist, with a 3rd candidate Keela Boose. Howell won the primary and Winsome Sears announced she wouldn't seek re-election and instead would run for Congress. It looked like the seat would be his for as long as he wanted it...

But Howell in his first term spun up a nationwide controversy over his "Droopy Drawers Bill". Now Boose is back to challenge him in a primary. Neither candidate has a website, and news on this race is hard to get. Howell has to be favored as the incumbent, but we won't call it yet, until we know more about how much his constituents care about this bill. If that doesn't impact the electorate, Howell will win easily. If it does have an impact, this is the type of district that has not been adverse to major change in the past.


At 11:15 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The DPVA's decision to withhold the voter file from primary challengers is going to factor large in this race, I think. (Unfortunately.) Without the voter file, it will be very difficult for a primary challenger to get out the vote, the ridiculous droopy drawers bill notwithstanding.

At 1:57 PM, Blogger Not Larry Sabato said...

very much so

At 5:27 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

That's why the bitch should be fired! Who's with me?

At 1:02 AM, Blogger Not Larry Sabato said...

Didn't I tell you to stop calling her a bitch?

At 1:24 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

What the hell is a Keela Boose? Are you kidding me?


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