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Special race for Midlothian supervisor seat too close to call

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Republican Jennifer McNinch held a razor-thin lead over Democrat Mark Miller in a special election Tuesday to represent the Midlothian magisterial district on the Chesterfield Board of Supervisors until the end of 2023.

As of 8:30 p.m., the latest totals from the Chesterfield registrar’s office had McNinch up by just 33 votes, though their count does not reflect the Virginia Public Access Project’s estimate of more than 10,000 early ballots that have yet to be counted.

A Miller win would double the number of Democrats on the board, while McNinch prevailing would leave Dale District Supervisor Jim Holland as the lone Democrat.

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McNinch and Miller ran to fill the seat vacated by former Supervisor Leslie Haley, who resigned in June to join Attorney General Jason Miyares’s office as deputy attorney general for government operations and transactions.

Tara Carroll, former chair of the Chesterfield County Republican Committee, served as the interim Midlothian supervisor after being unanimously approved at the board’s June 29 meeting.

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Carroll sought the Republican nomination as well, but voters chose McNinch at a party canvass event at Midlothian Middle School in August. Miller was unopposed on the Democratic side.

Both candidates raised between $25,000 and $30,000 according to data from the Virginia Public Access Project, with a slight edge to McNinch.

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Democratic Midlothian supervisor candidate Mark S. Miller talks to a reporter during a Democratic Watch Party at Candela's Pizzeria & Ristorante Italiano on Robious Road in Richmond, Va., Tuesday, November 8, 2022.

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McNinch, a division director for a government contractor who was born at Camp Lejeune in North Carolina and grew up in Memphis, Tenn., and Leesburg, centered her platform on several hot-button conservative issues, including opposition to “the implementation of Critical Race Theory and other radical curriculum in our schools” and “radical policies demonizing and defunding our police.”

Miller, a counselor who worked for Chesterfield’s mental health department for 13 years before taking his current position at Brightpoint Community College, campaigned on the need to focus on Midlothian’s existing infrastructure — fixing aging schools, solving traffic congestion on county roads and supporting first responders — before forging ahead with proposed condominium and townhome developments in the western part of the district.

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Recap: Election Day 2022 coverage from The Times-Dispatch

Photos, videos and more of Tuesday's midterm election and local races. 

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Chris Coates, executive editor of The Times-Dispatch, and politics columnist Jeff Schapiro discuss the outcome of Tuesday's election. 

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Tuesday’s election brought a list of surprises in Virginia and across the U.S. 

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Rep. Elaine Luria was trailing significantly in her bid for re-election in what was slated to be one of the tightest races for Congress and toughest tests for Democrats like her — the Hampton Roads’ suburban 2nd district.

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Election 2022 update: Bond issues in Henrico and Chesterfield win easily

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Election 2022 update: Wittman, McEachin, Good all claim easy re-election in Richmond area

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Overnight update: Democrats expected to take two of three contested House seats

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Republican incumbent Rep. Bob Good staved off Democratic challenger Josh Throneburg on Tuesday to win a second term representing Virginia’s 5t…

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Republican incumbent Rep. Bob Good staved off Democratic challenger Josh Throneburg on Tuesday to win a second term representing Virginia’s 5t…

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WASHINGTON — Democrats easily repelled Republicans backed by former President Donald Trump in several left-leaning states Tuesday, while tough…

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Democratic Midlothian supervisor candidate Mark S. Miller greets supporters during a Democratic Watch Party at Candela's Pizzeria & Ristor…

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Chesterfield County is moving forward with a plan to sell half a billion dollars in bonds to build schools, fire stations, libraries and parks…

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He cruises to victory over Republican Leon Benjamin in a rematch of their 2020 contest.

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State election officials on Tuesday reported issues with voter information at polling locations in Richmond, Suffolk and Chesterfield and Nott…

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Diann Liptak explains how she voted on Election Day.

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Jacqueline Koiner, 89, votes at precinct 105 at Mary Munford Elementary School in Richmond, Va.

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Election Day in Henrico County

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Susan Beals, elections commissioner for Virginia, holds a media briefing on Tuesday morning.

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Voting at the Huguenot 501 voting precinct in North Chesterfield, Va. on November 8, 2022.

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"I think it will be a wakeup call," says former Gov. Doug Wilder, who recalled that "people stood up and cheered" when he dropped his own presidential bid.

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The referendum contained four yes or no questions in the areas of schools; recreation and parks; fire station and public safety; and flood prevention and stormwater drainage.

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Republican challenger Yesli Vega concedes to the Democratic incumbent.

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