Good Morning, RVA: The results are in

Millions of folks voted yesterday, were you one of them?

Photo by: John Rohrbach

Good morning, RVA! It’s 53 °F, and you can expect these warmer temperatures–it is the 5th of November, remember (remember)–to hold up for another couple of days. Highs today will reach the low-70s, and some clouds will roll in as a lead up to tomorrow’s decent chance of showers.

Election results

  • Mark Warner holds a small 17,259 vote margin over Ed Gillespie in the Senate race. Warner has declared victory, but Gillespie has yet to concede.
  • The constitutional amendment to exempt veteran’s spouses from property tax passed.
  • Bobby Scott collected 94.11% of the vote running unopposed in the 3rd District.
  • Republican Dave Brat pummeled democrat Jack Trammell by more than 40% and is now the 7th District’s new congressman.
  • Rosalyn Dance easily won the Virginia’s 16th Senate District seat over Preston Brown.
  • Edward F. Jewett is Richmond’s Clerk of Court.

Water cooler

Vox has the 9 takeaways from the 2014 election you were looking for, but, basically, there are a lot more republican governors, republicans took control of the Senate, and a bunch of liberal laws were passed. Number 8 on their list is a pretty severe bummer: “The Senate is about to get a lot more polarized.” Didn’t know that was possible.

Of interest to Virginians: DC legalized marijuana. DC’s a complicated place and must pass this voter initiative through the newly elected mayor and council. Then Congress and the President will have a chance to veto the (local) laws. As our very own Aaron Williams said last night, “DC legalizing marijuana (if it survives Congress) changes the game for VA. Such different laws can’t exist on both sides of the Potomac.”

It’s Guy Fawkes Day! The day after Election Day certainly feels appropriate for celebrating the time a guy failed to blow up the government (with a bomb). Remember, remember, the 5th of November.


  • Caps fell to the Flames, 3-4.

This morning’s longread

Sour Patch Kids Opens House For Touring Bands

Yea, Sour Patch Kids, like, the candy. The world we live in is weird and wonderful.

Nevertheless, there is a quid pro quo associated with staying at the Patch. Artists who stay at the house are expected to create some content that Sour Patch Kids can share across a number of digital channels, which include a Brooklyn Patch-branded Tumblr as well as the brand’s Facebook, Twitter and Instagram accounts. Ms. Bezner said it is also exploring the possibility of adding further amplification partners.

How much content depends on the duration of an artist’s stay. “We have kind of a sliding scale,” Ms. Bezner said.

This morning’s Instagram

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