The Top of Virginia Chamber of Commerce held their annual Hob Nob in the Valley last night in Middletown, in the Shenandoah Valley. Four hundred people attended to enjoy an evening of barbecue and politics. [read_more]All three Virginia Senate candidates were in attendance, Republican Ed Gillespie, Democrat Mark Warner and Libertarian Robert Sarvis. Summaries of their four minute speeches can be found here. Candidates for Congress in the 10th district were also in attendance, Republican candidate Barbara Comstock, Democrat John Foust, Independent Green Party candidate Dianne L. Blais, Independent Brad A. Eickholt and Libertarian William Redpath. Barbara Comstock drew the biggest applause of the night when she said,
“Washington needs to stop playing politics, secure our borders, enforce our laws and make us safe.”
More on the House candidates’ speeches here.
Republicans won big in straw polls for both Senate and Congress. In the Senate poll Gillespie won with 203 votes or 72.5 percent, followed by Warner with 23.93 percent and Sarvis with 3.57 percent. In the poll for Congress Comstock won with 207 votes or 75.27 percent, Foust took 18.9 percent, Redpath 3.27 percent, Eickholt 2.18 percent and Blais less than 1 percent.