Weed tops Ewert in night’s tally
In the quest to topple incumbent Virgil Goode, local Democrats lent most of their weight last night to the candidacy of Nelson County wine-maker Al Weed, as they delivered him 12 of 17 delegates in Charlottesville and 31 of 37 in Albemarle, the Daily Progress reports in its print edition. Weed's Democratic opponent, Bern Ewert, a former Roanoke City manager and road theorist, took the other delegates, but as the Progress' Bob Gibson quotes Weed, "That means we're about four away from tying this thing up." Ewert vows to fight on.
Last night's events were part of "Super Monday," in which 10 jurisdictions had 113 delegates up for grabs. The winner of the Democratic nomination– which will be decided May 20 at Buckingham County High School– will face Republican incumbent Virgil Goode in the general election in November. Goode has held the 5th District Congressional seat since 1996 (when he was a Democrat).