[1-News-Head]

[TALENT=Keith]

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[VO-NAT]


Strong voter turn out in many parts of Virginia... in a close race for the U-S Senate.
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On this election day 2000, News-7 is LIVE in Northern Virginia and Richmond from Robb and Allen campaign headquarters.

[Sports-Head]


[ANCHOR=Mike]
[NEWSCAST=6pm]
[WRITER=mst]
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Tonight on News 7 Sports, the Hokies make a change in the defensive secondary for this week's game in Orlando.
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[VO-NAT]

And there is no change in the Cave Spring situation as the Knights' football team loses its final appeal with the Virginia High School League.
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[WX-Head]
[TALENT=Robin]
[SS=None]


Yes, Virginia. There is a rain maker and it passed through today. Tomorrow is warmer and then heavier rain moves in Thursday.

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[ANCHOR=Keith]
[NEWSCAST=6]
[WRITER=ejo]
[TAPE#=Video Open]
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[NAT SOUND BOOTH CLOSING]
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[OUTQ=nat Voting Booth]
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[VO-NAT]


Voters are turning out in record number across much of the state of Virginia though that's NOT the case in the Roanoke Valley.
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[ANCHOR=Keith]

Good evening, I'm Keith Humphry.

[Voter-Turnout]


[ANCHOR=Keith]
[NEWSCAST=6]
[WRITER=ejo]
[TAPE#=00-40 TC57:36]
[GRAPHIC=Election 2000]


Turnout is down an average of four percent from the last Presidential election in the Roanoke Valley.
But that could change as more voters head to the polls after work.
[DOUBLE BOXES=Keith & Kate/Microwave;]


Kate Weidaw is at Ruffner Middle School in Roanoke tonight with more.
[LIVE=Kate full/Microwave]
[SUPER=740-Kate/Weidaw/kweidaw*wdbj7.com;]
[SUPER=705-Roanoke]



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[TAKE FULL SCREEN BOARDS: ROANOKE, ROANOKE CO., SALEM] ((ROLLCUE:...expected to change.))
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[SOT]
[IN Q=]
[SUPER=703-Roanoke; :00]
[SUPER=701-Alvin Callahan/Voter; :32 (Wait: NOT the person at :28)]
[SUPER=701-Jacob Dunahoo/Voter; 1:02]
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[OUT Q=NAT SOT booth closes.]

(([NAT SOUND BOOTH CLOSING] [RUNS3]
Voters both young and old didn't want to miss the opportunity to vote in one of the tightest Presidential races in recent history. While most polling stations didn't see long lines there was a steady stream of people throughout the day.

[NAT SOUND ASKING FOR ID] [RUNS5]
The new element to voting this year is showing an ID. While it's an extra step before casting the ballot, voters say it isn't a problem.

[SOT 23:15]
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((IT'S PRETTY EASY I CARRY IT AROUND I USE IT FOR LOTS OF OTHER THINGS SO IT'S NOT A PROBLEM.))
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[RUNS5]

[SOT 22:53]
[INQ=]

((ALVIN CALLHAN: IT SEEMED LIKE TO ME IF YOU GIVE THEM YOUR ID THEY DIDN'T HAVE TO ASK FOR YOUR NAME THEY COULD JUST READ OFF THE DRIVERS LICENSE NO BIG DEAL.))
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[RUNS6]
Some voters say showing an ID will cut out fraud and their happy to take part in it. However the NAACP feels otherwise saying it's a deliberate way to suppress the black vote. But some black voters say it was no big deal.

[SOT 26:10]
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((IT DIDN'T MATTER JUST GETTING OUT TAKING IT IN.))
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[RUNS3]
Generation X voters were casting their ballot even though recent studies show young voters are not interested in the election.

[SOT 25:20]
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((JACOB DUNAHOO: A LOT OF PEOPLE DON'T CARE BUT I THINK THEY SHOULD IT'S VERY IMPORTANT.))
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And experts say voter turnout could determine who wins the election.))
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[Robb]


[ANCHOR=Keith]
[NEWSCAST=6]
[WRITER=jda]
[TAPE#=00-51 TC04:00]
[GRAPHIC=Chuck Robb]


Chuck Robb wrapped up his Senate campaign today in northern Virginia .. with one last effort to bring in undecided voters .. and push his traditional supporters to the polls.
[DOUBLE BOXES=Keith & Joe/Satellite;]


Tonight, Joe Dashiell is at the McLean Hilton, where Robb hopes to celebrate a Democratic victory.
[LIVE=Joe full/Satellite]
[SUPER=740-Joe/Dashiell/jdashiell*wdbj7.com]
[SUPER=705-McLean;]


((ROLLCUE:...with encouragement and some concern.))
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[SOT]
[IN Q=Chuck Robb had his]
[SUPER=703-McLean; :00]
[SUPER=701-Chuck Robb/(D) U. S. Senate Candidate; 34 ]
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[OUT Q=right now and I thank them.]



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[Allen]


[ANCHOR=Keith]
[NEWSCAST=6]
[WRITER=equ]
[TAPE#=000-35 ]
[GRAPHIC=George Allen]


Republicans are giddy tonight in Virginia, where their Senate candidate could potentially topple the last Democrat elected to statewide office.
The celebration kicks off in an hour at the Richmond Marriott.
[DOUBLE BOXES=Keith & Ellen/Starlink;]


That's where Ellen Qualls is tonight.
[LIVE=Ellen full/Starlink]
[SUPER=740-Ellen/Qualls/equalls*wdbj7.com]
[SUPER=706-Richmond;]


[***ROLLED FROM STARLINK***]
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[SOT]
[IN Q=George and Susan]
[SUPER=703-Chesterfield Co.; :00]
[SUPER=701-George Allen/(R) Senate Candidate; :17]
[SUPER=701-Robert Stout/GOP Poll Worker; :59]
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[OUT Q=vote our way]



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[DOUBLE BOXES=Keith & Ellen/Starlink;]



[L'burg-Vote]


[ANCHOR=Keith]
[NEWSCAST=6pm]
[WRITER=ssm]
[TAPE#=00-39 TC1:01:02]
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In Lynchburg, something more than presidential politics is driving people to the polls.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=703-Lynchburg]


Voters are deciding whether they want to start the process of raising the state sales tax within the city to five and a half cents.. the money would go towards renovating and repairing the city's schools.
Supporters say it helps that many of the city's polling places are actually inside school buildings.
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[SOT 14:30:05]
[IN Q=People can kind]

((CARL HUTCHERSON/LYNCHBURG MAYOR: PEOPLE CAN KIND OF SEE, KIND OF LOOK AROUND. THIS SCHOOL WHERE WE'RE STANDING RIGHT HERE AT LINKHORNE, HAS SOME SERIOUS, SERIOUS PROBLEMS THAT ARE GOING TO HAVE TO BE ADDRESSED AND PROBABLY WILL HAVE TO BE MOVED UP ON THE LIST TO GET THEM DONE BEFORE SOMETHING REALLY TRAGIC HAPPENS.))
[SUPER=701-Carl Hutcherson/Lynchburg Mayor]
[RUNS=16]
[OUT Q=really tragic happens.]
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[VO-NAT]


The referendum is only the first step towards raising the sales tax in Lynchburg.
Supporters say it will have to pass by a large margin to have a chance of surviving the General Assembly.
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[NRV-Turnout]


[ANCHOR=Keith]
[NEWSCAST=6]
[WRITER=mjo]
[TAPE#=00-36 TC1:38:04]
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Registrars in the New River Valley are reporting better-than-average turnout.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=703-Christiansburg;]


By 5:00, precincts all around the New River Valley said about half their registered voters had cast their votes.
Montgomery County does NOT calculate turnout until later tonight, but several polling stations there and in surrounding counties reported at LEAST 50-percent turnout as of 5.
In Radford, where there are two candidates for the Treasurer's job, it was 56-percent.
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[Jackson]


[ANCHOR=Keith]
[NEWSCAST=6p]
[WRITER=jmc]
[TAPE#=00-32 TC2:02:49]
[GRAPHIC=Legal Scales]


Brian Jackson now has a chance of getting out of prison someday for his part in the Church Avenue rooming house fire.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke/June 9]


The 22-year-old man was convicted of murder and arson last summer.
[SUPER=04-May 18, 1998]


The jury set his punishment at 130 years in prison, for helping to set the fire that killed six people.
That was a lot more than Michael Clements got, for pleading guilty and agreeing to testify against Jackson.
Today, the judge agreed with the prosecutor's recommendation, to change the sentence to 45 years.
That means Jackson could get parole, once he reaches the age of 60.
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[Tease#1]
[ANCHOR=Keith]
[SS=NONE]


There's more election news ahead.
Next on News 7, we'll check out the latest exit polls and try to figure out what's on voters minds today.
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[VO-NAT]


And later, we'll catch up with the candidates in the three-way race for the Fifth district congressional seat.
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[Exit-Poll]


[ANCHOR=Keith]
[NEWSCAST=Exit-poll]
[WRITER=khu]
[TAPE#=]
[GRAPHIC=Election 2000]


So far, it looks like a close race between U-S Senate candidates Chuck Robb and George Allen.
A state-wide poll of actual voters as they left the polling precincts in Virginia indicates Allen is doing a slightly better job of pulling in voters of his own party than Robb may be among Democrats. And Allen draws a few more independent voters than Robb. [2-SHOT]
[SUPER=701-Dr. Tom Morris/Emory & Henry College;]


President Clinton became an ISSUE in this race. As we look at the exit poll results, Political Scientist Tom Morris is going to help us interpret some of the numbers.
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[SUPER=745-Bill Clinton/Favorable/38/%/Unfavorable/58/%;]


According to the NEWS 7 - Voter News Service poll, most Virginians hold an UNfavorable opinion of Bill Clinton "as a person."
[SUPER=745-Favorable Clinton/Robb/75/%/Allen/23/%;]


Of the 38-percent who hold a favorable view of Clinton, 75-percent said they voted for Chuck Robb.
[SUPER=745-Unfavorable Clinton/Robb/27/%/Allen/73/%;]

Of those 58-percent who said they view Clinton UNFAVORABLY, 73-percent said they voted today for George Allen.
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[Keith & Tom]
Chuck Robb tried to distance himself from the President during the campaign. Doctor Morris, What do you make of these numbers? - -
Gender is a big factor, too.
We know that women seem to favor Vice President Al Gore as well as Senator Chuck Robb. It also appears education is an issue that resonates with voters... so let's look at what parents were saying as they left the voting booth.
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[SUPER=745-Children at Home/Bush/56/%/Gore/39/%;]


In those households with children, 56-percent of those polled today favored George W. Bush... 39-percent said they voted for Al Gore.
[SUPER=745-Married-Children/Bush/60/%/Gore/34/%;]

In those households where the voters described themselves as "married with children," SIXTY percent said they favored Bush, 34-percent for Gore.
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[2-SHOT]
Any thoughts, Tom Morris? Doctor Tom Morris - -President of Emory and Henry College- -will be with us through the evening as we present actual results of today's election-- and perhaps delve more into exit poll results.

[Stocks]


[ANCHOR=Keith]
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A relatively quiet day for the markets as Wall Street awaited the outcome of the presidential election. [TAKE DOW, NASDAQ & BLOOMBERG PAGE ]
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The DOW dropped 25 points, NASDAQ fell about half a point.
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[VO]
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[Ninth-District]


[ANCHOR=Keith]
[NEWSCAST=6p]
[WRITER=jmc]
[TAPE#=00-37 TC1:19:13]
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Democrats expect no problem holding onto the 9th district seat on Congress.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Abingdon]


Incumbent Rick Boucher has won at least 59 percent of the vote in every re-election bid since 1984..
He'll be with his supporters at the Martha Washington Inn, and plans to make a statement about the race at about a quarter to nine.
Bookstore owner Michael Osborne is the man the Republicans hope will keep Boucher from his tenth term.
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[Goode-Boyd]


[ANCHOR=Keith]
[NEWSCAST=6pm]
[WRITER=tha]
[TAPE#=00-33 TC1:52:06]
[GRAPHIC=Election 2000]


Virgil Goode is describing the race to keep his seat an uphill battle.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=703-Rocky Mount;]


The former Democrat turned Independent cast his ballot this afternoon in Rocky Mount.
He says looking back... opponent John Boyd has given him a run for his money.
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[sot 18:22:04]
[in q=I've got ]

((VIRGIL GOODE/I-FIFTH DISTRICT CANDIDATE: I'VE GOT A TOUGHER RACE HERE, THE PRESIDENT HAS CUT ADS FOR MY OPPONENT, HE'S GOTTEN GREAT MEDIA COVERAGE, HAS CAMPAIGNED ACROSS THE DISTRICT, I COMMEND HIM FOR THAT.))
[SUPER=701-Virgil Goode/(I) 5th District Candidate; ]
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[OUT Q= for that.]
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[VO-NAT]


John Boyd also campaigned in Rocky Mount today.
The Democrat says this race has taught him politics is a dirty game.
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[SOT 18:18:01]
[IN Q=I Stuck ]

((JOHN BOYD/D-CONGRESSIONAL CANDIDATE: WE STUCK TO THE ISSUES BECAUSE WE WANTED THE PEOPLE TO HAVE AN OPPORTUNITY TO LOOK AT BOTH CANDIDATES , LOOK AT THEIR PLATFORM, AND MAKE THEIR CHOICE ON ELECTION DAY THAT'S THE ONLY WAY AND IF MORE POLITICIANS WOULD PRACTICE THIS WAY WE'D HAVE A BETTER COUNTRY. ))
[SUPER=701-John Boyd/(D) 5th District Candidate;]
[RUNS=12]
[OUT Q=good country.]
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[VO-NAT]


Independent Joseph Spence is also running for the fifth district congressional seat.
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[School-Bonds]


[ANCHOR=Keith]
[NEWSCAST=6]
[WRITER=mce]
[TAPE#=00-41 TC35:41]
[GRAPHIC=Election 2000]

It has been a busy day at the polls in Southside Virginia, where voters are having their say in several school bond referendums ..
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=703-Danville]

In Danville, a tax increase for a 16-million dollar school bond is being considered. The money will go to renovate G-W High School and Langston Focus Campus. That bond referendum means more than a 9-cent real estate tax increase.
[SUPER=703-Pittsylvania Co.]

A 40-million dollar referendum is being considered by voters in Pittsylvania County. That money will go to build four new middle schools. The Pittsylvania County registrar's office reports an above-average voter turnout there.
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[Sports Tease]


[ANCHOR=Mike]
[NEWSCAST=6pm]
[WRITER=mst]
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Coming up tonight on News 7 sports, the Cave Spring football team has run out appeals in its attempt to get back in the playoffs.
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[VO-NAT]

And the Hokies plan on running a new defensive cornerback at Central Florida as second generation Hokie Billy Hardee prepares for his first start of the season.
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[S-Cave]


[ANCHOR=Mike]
[NEWSCAST=6pm]
[WRITER=mst]
[TAPE#=SP-81 509TC]
[GRAPHIC=CAVE FORFEITS]

The Cave Spring high school football team has run out of appeals in its hopes of getting into the upcoming playoffs and getting back the six wins it was forced to forfeit due to using an ineligible player. This afternoon, independent hearing officer Bill Watkins, an attorney from Waynesboro, upheld the Virginia High School League's ruling. This means that the Roanoke Valley district, the VHSL's executive director, the league's appeals committee and the independent attorney have all ruled that the player in question was ineligible.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=04-Friday Football Extra; :00]

Roanoke County deputy superintendent James Gallion conceded this afternoon that while the county presented a very strong case and still believes it's interpretation is correct, Cave Spring has exhausted its options for appeal. The only possible recourse at this time would be for the Roanoke County school board to pursue an injunction against the league in state circuit court.
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[S-Hokies]


[ANCHOR=Mike]
[NEWSCAST=6pm]
[WRITER=mst]
[TAPE#=SP-82 826TC]
[GRAPHIC=TECH FOOTBALL]


Virginia Tech is getting serious about its game in Orlando against Central Florida this Saturday night.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=04-2000 Season; :00]

Freshman defensive cornerback Eric Green, who has given up his share of big plays the last two weeks, will be replaced in the starting lineup by hard hitting Florida native Billy Hardee.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=BITE...]
[SUPER=01-Ben Taylor/90 Tackles This Season; :00]

((BEN TAYLOR:))
[RUNS=:12]
[OUT Q=...he's gonna do."]
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[VO-NAT con't]

Tech will be without Andre Davis this week, and chances are good that Michael Vick also will sit out the game. The Hokies are definitely hurting, but Beamer thinks it's too early to call this team "Gator Bait." He believes the Sugar and Fiesta bowls could end up being his team's destination this year.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=I DON'T THINK...]

((FRANK BEAMER:))
[SUPER=01-Frank Beamer/Va. Tech Head Coach; :00]
[RUNS=:19]
[OUT Q=...get back healthy."]
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[S-Catch]


[ANCHOR=Mike]
[NEWSCAST=six]
[WRITER=dal]
[TAPE#=SP-83 tc 08:52]
[GRAPHIC=green bay]


A former Hokie is flying high today.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Green Bay, WI/ABC Sports;]
This spectacular catch by Antonio Freeman gave the Packers the 26-20 overtime win against Minnesota.


Freeman slipped on the wet turf at the 20 yard line, cornerback Cris Dishman tips the ball. It bounces off Freeman's shoulder, he uses his right hand to bring it in... and gets up and rumbles to the zone for the score.
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[Elx-Promo]


[ANCHOR=Keith]
[NEWSCAST=6]
[WRITER=ejo]
[TAPE#=None]
[GRAPHIC=Election 2000]


We have a non-stop election night still ahead.
CBS News begins its continuous coverage next .. and we'll join you throughout the evening.
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[Take Web Page FS]
We will also have constantly updated local returns on our web page at WDBJ7-dot-com.
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[ANCHOR=Keith]
[GRAPHIC=Hold]


I'll see you next in 30 minutes .. when exit polls may already tell us who won the presidential and senate races in Virginia.