Kerry's first Southern win


Geraldine Sealey
February 11, 2004 5:11AM (UTC)

CNN updated its Web site at 7:01 p.m. ET, one minute after polls closed in Virginia, with the news that John Kerry was the projected winner.

Since Kerry's victory was a forgone conclusion anyway, given the recent polls showing him with support in the upper 40s and the closest challenger (John Edwards) in the 20s, it's really no surprise. The real contest here was for second place. But it looks like Edwards will comfortably take that. Wesley Clark appears to be running a distant third. With just 3 percent of precincts reporting, Kerry had 47 percent, Edwards 29 percent, Clark 10 percent, and Al Sharpton and Howard Dean each had 6 percent.

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These numbers will obviously change, but the winner won't. Keep track as the precincts come in by checking CNN's elections page, or the Virginia Board of Elections page.


Geraldine Sealey

Geraldine Sealey is senior news editor at Salon.com.

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