Cockburn leads on first day of Fifth District caucuses ahead of May convention

In the News / Apr 15 2018 / by Tyler Hawn / CBS 19 News

Cockburn leads on first day of Fifth District caucuses ahead of May convention

RAPPAHANNOCK COUNTY, Va. (CBS19 NEWS) -- A former journalist running to unseat Tom Garrett in the Fifth District is leading the pack with the most elected delegates ahead of the May convention. Leslie Cockburn, from Rappahannock County, elected 40 delegates from Democratic caucuses in seven different counties, according to her campaign.

Most of the delegates for Cockburn came from Franklin County, where she elected 13, followed by Pittsylvania County, where 11 were elected. Andrew Sneathern, a former prosecutor from Albemarle County, elected a total of 13 delegates on Saturday. Roger Dean Huffstetler, a former marine from Charlottesville, elected a total of 10 delegates on Saturday. Ben Cullop, from Albemarle County, did not elect any delegates from Saturday's caucuses.

Fluvanna County also held its caucus on Saturday, where Cockburn elected four delegates. Sneathern elected three, and Huffstetler elected two. In Madison County, Cockburn elected three delegates, while Sneathern and Huffstetler each elected one delegate. These results will likely change, as bigger counties in the Fifth District hold their caucuses in the coming days and weeks.

Albemarle County's caucus is scheduled for April 16, and Charlottesville's is scheduled for April 21. The primary purpose of a caucus is to show who is leading the charge ahead of the convention, where a nominee is formally picked. Delegates elected at a caucus can switch to pick another candidate at convention. The Democratic convention for the Fifth District is scheduled for May 5 in Farmville.


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