We all remember the long, drawn-out, super close Minnesota Senatorial election that ousted Norm Coleman and outed him as a sore loser. We now have a Senator in Norm's seat who would make the late Paul Wellstone proud. That was a key example of why every vote matters of recent times. Now, a lesser, but equally important reminder of that fact comes to us from the 41st Delegate Special Election for the Commonwealth of Virginia.
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Democratic candidate Eileen Filler-Corn faced off against Republican candidate Kerry Bolognese in a special election to fill the seat of former Democratic delegate Dave Mardsen who had departed in January to join the State Senate. On the day of the special election, ~11,000 votes were cast, and the final count showed Filler-Corn with a lead of...37 votes. They recanvassed the results, but they only netted six for Bolognese. Virginia state election law says that a candidate can request a recount if he/she lost by <1% of the vote. However, Bolognese did the honorable thing and conceded at 10:30 PM on Tuesday. Delegate Eileen Filler-Corn was sworn in on Wednesday, March 3, and has boosted the Virginia House of Delegates Democrat:Republican ratio from 38:61 to 39:61. The Democrats hold the majority in the State Senate 22:18 .</p>
If any Kossack here or your family helped to canvass for Eileen Filler-Corn and net her the votes she needed to win, I thank you. Every vote counts!