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Historic High Turnout for Primary Election

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RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) - Voter turnout for this primary was very high as Dave Brat won in nearly every district.

It also could mean a lot of Democrats came out to influence an election for the other party.
More voters turned out for Tuesday night's election than they did for 2012 presidential primary. In Henrico County, 6,000 more people voted than two years ago - and that's pretty much unheard of.

The only places Eric Cantor won were in Richmond and Orange County. Everywhere else went to Brat - like Chesterfield, where he won by 1,300 votes, and Hanover, where he smoked cantor by more than 4,500 votes.

"I think Hanover as always is a conservative county," says resident Rebecca Rountree.

"We've got to wake up the GOP and tell them we have to change the course," says Hanover resident Charlie Walsh.

But it may not just be Republicans that affected election. Virginia's open primary means anyone can vote and former Georgia congressman Ben Jones, who also played Cooter on "The Dukes Of Hazzard," wrote an open letter to Democrats to get them to turn out and influence the election.
He says thousands did.

"Moderate Republicans, apolitical people, people who don't vote, libertarians, independents, and yes, thousands of Democrats," Jones says.

Brat also won big in New Kent and Louisa Counties.

While we can't break down exact numbers of the amounts of Democrats or Independents it voted, with a big turnout it's safe to say that many did.

To see the full election results, go to electionresults.virginia.gov.

Copyright 2014 by Young Broadcasting of Richmond

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