Just after midnight on election day, candidate Adam Cook (D) posted on his campaign Facebook page thanking his family and campaign team for their dedication during his campaign for the 1st Congressional District.
The post on Cook's page read:
"We came up a little short but I'm proud of the race we've run and will never forget the people I've met, the stories we've shared, the work that we did and all we accomplished together. Most of all, I will always treasure all of the new friends I've made around Virginia's First District and beyond. I don't know what the next chapter of my life will hold, but I hope that you'll all be a part of it."
As of 12:23 a.m. on Wednesday, 209 of the 221 precincts in the district reported their returns. Rep. Rob Wittman, seeking his third full-term in Congress Tuesday, had 56.65 percent of the vote. Cook had 40.82 percent of the vote and Independent Green Candidate Gail Parker had 2.34 percent of the vote.
The 1st Congressional District stretches from southern Prince William County through Stafford, Fredericksburg, King George and Colonial Beach to Williamsburg, VA.
The table below reflects how counties covered by Patch voted for the 1st Congressional District.County Rob Wittman Adam Cook Gail Parker Fredericksburg City 39.68% 57.28% 2.82% Prince William County
Spotsylvania County Stafford County 55.90% 41.31% 2.57% King George County 62.82%
Update 12:06 a.m., Nov. 7: 206 of 221 precincts in the 1st district have reported. Rob Wittman leads the district with 57.01 percent of the vote.
Update 10:30 p.m.: 187 of 221 precincts in the 1st district have reported. Rep. Rob Wittman has 57.44 percent of the vote, Adam Cook has 40.07 percent of the vote and Gail Parker has 2.31 percent of the vote.
Update 9:04 p.m.: The Associated Press has called Rep. Rob Wittman (R) the winner of the 1st Congressional District race. As of 9:06 p.m. the Virginia State Board of Elections Web site showed 140 of 221 precincts reporting Wittman has 58 percent of the vote, Adam Cook (D) with 39 percent of the vote and Gail Parker (IG) with 2.31 percent of the vote.
Update, 7:41 p.m.: The Virginia State Board of Elections announced it will "pause" reporting election returns until 8 p.m. due to long lines throughout the Commonwealth.
"In consultation with officials from both the Republican and Democratic Party, the Virginia State Board of Elections has agreed to pause reporting until 8:00pm to ensure voters are not unduly influenced by preliminary results," said an email from the SBE. "Results will commence shortly thereafter."
Update 3:51 p.m.: Two Spotyslvania County precincts reported an error on voting machines that will not count an estimated 189 ballots for the 1st and 7th Congressional district races. The two precincts are split districts.
Presidential, U.S. Senate and ballot questions votes will be counted on those ballots, however. The county said that paper ballots were issued while machines were fixed early Tuesday morning.
Original Post: Republican incumbent Rep. Rob Wittman, Democratic candidate Adam Cook and Independent candidate Gail Parker are on the Nov. 6 general election ballot for Virginia's 1st Congressional District, which includes the City of Fredericksburg and portions of Prince William County.