By Linda Cicoira — Sen. Lynwood W. Lewis won the Democratic Party’s nomination for state senator in Tuesday’s primary with a landslide victory over challenger Willie C. Randall, a former member of the Northampton Board of Supervisors.
Overall, Lewis took 4,557 votes or 70.59% compared to Randall’s 1,899 or 29.41%.
In Accomack County where Lewis lives, the senator garnered 69.75% or 1,190 votes. Randall received 30.25% or 516 votes.
Lewis took the majority of the ballots in Chincoteague with 84.46%, Atlantic with 86.76%, Greenbackville with 76.09%, New Church with 80.83%, Bloxom with 64.44%, Parksley with 75.53%, Saxis with 71.43%, Mappsville with 63.27%, Accomac with 70.54%, Tangier with 63.64% (only 11 people participated), Nandua with 82.11%, Bobtown with 71.79%, Wachapreague with 70.45%, and Painter with 52.07%. Lewis also took the central absentee precinct with 78.75%.
Randall won the majority of votes in Rue with 61.97% and Melfa with 51%.
In Northampton where Randall lives, the vote was closer. Lewis received 55.31% or 521 votes compared to Randall’s 44.69% or 421 votes. Lewis received the majority of votes in 4 of 5 districts and the central absentee precinct. Randall won in District 3 with 63.28%. In District 2, it was 49.18% to 50.82%, a difference of three votes. There was a four-vote difference in District 5.
The senatorial district also includes areas of Mathews County, Norfolk City, and Virginia Beach City. Lewis took the majority of votes in those areas too.