Virginia House of Delegates 2005 Elections

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Friday, May 06, 2005

Virginia Beach Republican Primaries

82nd and 83rd Districts
Outlook: Safe Republican

Two GOP incumbents are being challenged for re-election in Virginia Beach. In a striking difference from the rest of the state, these challenges are coming from the left of the Republican party. Both incumbents voted against last years budget, and are facing challengers on that issue, although not stridently. They are approaching it from an angle of spending more money on education, and transportation, rather then how they would acquire those funds. Such is a challenge in Virginia's Republican primary.

83rd District
Outlook: Safe Wardrup

In the 83rd District incumbent Leo Wardrup is facing a challenge by Delceno Miles. Ms. Miles is a Gilmore appointee to the State College Board. This one won't be much of a contest, we are calling this one for Wardrup.

82nd District
Outlook: Leans Purkey

The 82nd district is home to a much more interesting primary. Our GOP sources in Virginia Beach tell us that Bob Purkey is not well known in his district. His challenger Peter Schmidt, while positioning himself to Purkey's left, is still very conservative, and is a very popular City Councilman. We are giving the small leg up to Purkey for incumbency at this point, but this will be one to watch, and this may become a toss up before primary day.


At 1:49 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Any word as to who is supporting Peter?

At 1:58 PM, Blogger Not Larry Sabato said...

Ive been told its a young professional/old regulars split. What are others hearing?

At 4:24 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

There are many Republicans tired of them toing the party line. Even when it isn't in favor of Va. Beach. Many of us wonder who they realy represent. The old guard can't take it for granted that they are going to win.

At 12:21 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thought Purkey depended on the dems at the polls - not this year bobby..

At 3:58 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Bob Purkey not well known in his district? C'mon he's been living there for over 30 years.Heck, he's coached alot of the voters of the district when they were playing Little league football and basketball.You might want to check your "GOP Sources" I'm not sure if you have your hand on the pulse of the average Republican voter in the 82nd.Do you think they are happy with the way the VB City Council has conducted itself over the last few years? Peter Schmidts' only experience in elected office is as a VB City Council Member, and they're about as popular as the tax increases they keep hitting us with

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