A Saturday morning headline in the Washington Post, regarding the Virginia State Republican Party Convention:
3-Way GOP Rivalry Presents Tough Choice for Convention
The article elaborated on how difficult the decision would be for delegates and how close the Republican attorney general nomination contest was. But of the three candidates, the eventual winner, Senator Ken Cuccinelli, received the loudest — thunderous, in fact — applause of the day; louder even than what conservative radio and television talk show star Sean Hannity received. He obviously had the most delegates and only if delegate voting proportions were way out of whack would he lose (or if those applauding were strictly the 3,000 guests and not the 7,100 delegates that made up an attendance greater than 10-large).
After the balloting, and even before runners-up John Brownlee and Dave Foster jointly, and classfully, conceded and moved to nominate Senator Cuccinelli by acclimation, there were rumors Cuccinelli had won by a slight majority or received in the high 40-percentile, making a second ballot fruitless. However, although official numbers weren't released, a high-ranking official told me Senator Cuccinelli blew the doors off with a very large majority, even carrying Alexandria, thought to be a more moderate locale of Republicanism.
As for the lieutenant governor nomination, a very high-ranking member of the Patrick Muldoon campaign told me two months ago the former Congressional candidate would pull between 20-30 percent of the delegate vote. Lt. Governor Bill Bolling, in fact, received 84 percent, the highest percentage ever for a contested Republican nomination.