Frederick Defeats Muñoz in 36th Senate Seat Primary
Jeff Frederick will now take on incumbent Toddy Puller in the November General Election.
Frederick announced to a crowd of supporters in Dumfries that he received the call that he won the primary Tuesday night.
Frederick held the lead early when precincts began reporting votes after polls closed at 7 p.m. In Prince William County, Frederick gained 76.80 percent, or 2,626 votes, of the unofficial tally, according to the Virginia State Board of Elections website. Challenger Tito Muñoz brought in 793 votes from the county, or 23.19 percent of the vote.
Nearly six percent of voters in Prince William County turned out for the primary election, a low turnout, but something that was expected from most election officers.
In Stafford County, Frederick took a 71.5 percent lead in five precincts, winning 286 votes. Stafford saw a lower voter turnout of around 5 percent as well. At 9:30 p.m. Fairfax County had Muñoz raking in 50.16 percent of the vote, while Frederick had a close 49.83 percent of the vote. Fairfax saw the lowest reported voter turnout, at barely 3 percent.
Muñoz issued a press release just after 9 p.m. conceding from the race.
“It has been a hard-fought race, and I am thankful for the hard work and generous support of all of the people who backed my campaign. My staff was wonderful, and I especially want to say ‘thank you’ to my wife, Debbie, who was there with me every step of the way,” said Muñoz.
Linda “Toddy” Puller (D-36), incumbent in the race, released a statement today pledging to work towards making a better Virginia.
“I hope that in the General Election campaign we can stick to the issues that are important to the people of Prince William, Fairfax, and Stafford Counties such as improving and revitalizing the Route 1 corridor, protecting our public schools, and assisting our veterans,” said Puller. “We must create jobs and maintain a fiscally responsible balanced state budget while keeping state taxes low."
Muñoz and Frederick, who both call Prince William County as home, held results parties in Lorton and Dumfries, respectively. Coverage from both parties will be on Patch later this evening.
Frederick and Puller will compete for the Senate seat in the November General Election.