State and local elections saw low voter turnout in the off-year election this year, according to preliminary voting statistics from the Virginia Department of Elections.
Charlottesville City saw less than a quarter of eligible voters participate in local elections, while Albemarle County fared only slightly better, with roughly a third of eligible voters participating.
Robert Tracci was elected the new Commonwealth’s Attorney, gathering 51 percent of votes and defeating incumbent Denise Lunsford.
Lunsford has led the state’s case against Jesse Matthew, who is charged with capital murder and abduction with intent to defile of late University student Hannah Graham. Her defeat comes just days after attorney Matthew Hardin filed a civil suit against her to compel her to release records of past investigations, claiming she paid for personal expenses with county funds.
Across the state, all 140 seats of the General Assembly — both state Senate and House of Delegates — were up for re-election.
Ultimately, the Republican party won the Senate majority with 21 candidates, while the remaining 19 seats were filled by Democrats. Republicans also took the House of Delegates majority, winning 66 of the 100 seats.
Graphic by Shreyas Hirway