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Hodges roars to primary victory

Urbanna-area resident wins GOP nomination for 98th House seat

Keith Hodges (center) celebrates with family members, friends and supporters after learning he had won the Republican nomination for the 98th District seat in the Virginia House of Delegates. The victory party was held at Hodges’ Urbanna campaign office on Virginia Street Tuesday night. (Photo by Larry S. Chowning)

It wasn’t surprising to many that Keith Hodges won Tuesday’s primary for the Republican nomination for the 98th District seat in the Virginia House of Delegates.

What was surprising was his margin of victory.

With four candidates on the ballot, Hodges received almost 41% of the vote and carried 27 of the 38 precincts in the district.

The unofficial vote count, according to the State Board of Elections, was Hodges 3,643 (40.9%); Sherwood Bowditch 2,403 (27%); Catesby Jones 1,459 (16.4%); and Ken Gibson 1,395 (15.7%).

Hodges is a pharmacist who lives near Urbanna. The other three candidates all live in Gloucester County, which has 46% of the district’s eligible voters. Hodges nearly carried Gloucester with 1,370 votes compared to 1,379 votes for Bowditch, 1,015 for Gibson, and 772 for Jones.

Hodges dominated in Middlesex with 853 votes (54.5%), compared to 321 (20.5%) for Bowditch, 270 (17.3%) for Jones, and 121 (7.7%) for Gibson.

Hodges was also strong in King William and King and Queen counties. Only a portion of these counties are in the 98th District. Hodges received 86.2% of the vote in King William, and 70% in King and Queen.

“I am awful proud of the campaign we ran, and I believe the people of the 98th District were too,” said Hodges Tuesday night. “I was honored to be in the race with three other remarkable Republicans, and I look forward to working with them in the future.”

Pat Mullins, the chairman of the Republican Party of Virginia, said, “Keith will carry our message of fiscal responsibility, economic growth, and common-sense problem-solving into the general election where he will carry on the legacy of Del. Harvey Morgan.”

Hodges will oppose Democratic candidate Andrew Shoukas of Essex in the November 8 general election.

posted 08.24.2011

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