Del. Wren Williams, R-Stuart, easily won Tuesday’s GOP primary election against Del. Marie March, R-Floyd County, unofficial results indicate. Williams carried the vote in Patrick, Henry, and Carroll counties and the City of Galax, with March being more popular among Floyd County voters.
“Our campaign focused on the issues and our proven record in Richmond. The voters see the results we are getting for Southside and Southwest Virginia and overwhelmingly support our vision,” Williams said.
Williams won the district overall with nearly 67 percent of the vote to March’s little more than 33 percent, according to unofficial results.
In Henry County, Williams received 686, or 87.39 percent of the votes, while March won 99, or 12.61 percent, of the votes. He also carried all seven of the county’s eligible voting precincts, according to the unofficial results posted on the state Board of Elections website.
In the Bassett #2 precinct, Williams won 88.37 percent of the votes, or 38, and March won 5 votes or 11.63 percent. In Gunville, he won 88.19 percent of the votes, or 112, and 88.98 percent of the votes at Scott’s Tanyard, 210 ballots, to March’s 11.81 with 15 votes, and 26 votes, or 11.02 percent respectively.
At the Spencer precinct, Williams won 106, or 86.18 percent of the votes, while March won 17, or 13.82 percent of the votes.
Williams won 72.73 percent of the votes, 40 ballots, at the Bassett #1 precinct; March won 27.27 percent or 15 votes. He also won 87.58 percent of the votes at Stanleytown, with 141 votes, and 97.50 percent (39 votes) at Oak Level.
March won 12.42 or 20 votes and 1, or 2.50 percent, of the votes cast at Stanleytown and Oak Level respectively.
In Patrick County, Williams won 2,201, or 87.69 percent of the votes compared to March’s 309 votes. He also carried every precinct in the county.
Williams won 3,060, or 61.87 percent of the votes in Carroll County, while March won 1,886, or 38.13 percent of the votes.
In the City of Galax, Williams garnered 202 votes, or 58.89 percent, compared to March’s 141 votes, and 41.11 percent.
In Floyd County, March won 840 votes or 63.40 percent of all votes cast. Williams won 485 votes or 36.60 percent of the votes.
Following the election results, March thanked her supporters in a social media post: “We were funded by small-dollar contributors, he spent half a million $500,000 of the big time lobbyists donations and his family’s big money and the backing of the Richmond swamp. Goes to show you, elections can and are being bought every single day.”
Noting that he is incredibly humbled by the overwhelming support and confidence his campaign received, Williams said he now is looking forward to returning to Richmond and continuing the fight for conservative results.
“From day one, I have sought to represent all of the 47th district. From securing $1.5 million in funding for Floyd County to working to reopen the hospital in Patrick County, serving our district, and getting results for our district have been my top priority,” Williams said.
Williams also maintained the biggest war chest, according to the most recent financial records compiled by the Virginia Public Access Project (VPAP).
Williams began the June 8 reporting period with $69,413 on hand as of April 1. Total receipts for the period were $185,871 and included 106 cash contributions of more than $100, 35 cash contributions of $100 or less, and three in-kind contributions of more than $100.
Top donors include a total of $20,000 from Dominion Energy Inc. Political Action, $12,500 from Gilbert for Delegate, and $10,000 from Kilgore for Delegate.
Donors of $5,000 include Virginia Hospital and Healthcare Assoc PAC, Sparkle Painting Co. Inc., Christopher Clemente, Machinery Sales LLC, Virginia Trial Lawyers PAC, Eric Glasser, Daniel Schuster, and Friends of Barry Knight.
In-kind contributions included $15,000 from the Realtor Political Action Committee of Virginia and a total of $5,761 from Wren M. Williams.
Williams reported spending $211,842 in itemized expenses and $20,760 in in-kind expenses. His total expenses during the primary were $359,620, according to the VPAP.
Among Williams’ top itemized expenses are a total of $124,870 to Medium Buying LLC, a total of $32,834 to JLK Strategies LLC, and a total of $29,177 to Point1 LLC.
Williams’ ending balance was reported at $22,682.
In the time frame, Marie March reported receipts of $28,641 and a starting balance of $3,321 on April 1.
March reported 29 cash contributions of more than $100, 35 cash contributions of less than $100, and a loan totaling $15,333 from Marie March.
Among her top contributors were $2,000 from each Patrick Daley and Garrison Hill, and $1,000 each from Carl Krell and Marlon Goad.
March reported expenses of $28,419, including itemized expenses that totaled $15,816 to Action Advocacy Group LLC, $2,490 to WBRF, $1,598 to Dynasty Digital Design, $1,360 to Virginia Media Inc., and $1,138 to the Department of Elections.
She spent a total of $78,968 during the primary, according to VPAP.
March reported a June 8 ending balance of $3,543.