It appears that a well run absentee ballot campaign was a crucial difference for Delegate Dave Marsden tonight in the Democrat’s win to fill the 37th Senate district seat vacated by Attorney General-elect Ken Cuccinelli. Delegate Marsden defeated Republican Stephen Hunt by 11,943 to 11,626 with all 39 precincts reporting, according to the Fairfax County Registrar’s office. Delegate Marsden beat Hunt by more than 2-1 in absentee ballots: 800-395.
Delegate Marsden’s win extends the Democrats’ majority in the Virginia Senate to two seats, 22-18. It also will necessitate another special election to fill Marsden’s delegate seat. Republican Kerry Bolognese, who barely lost to Marsden in November, would seem to be an early favorite to win the seat should he choose to run.