11:49 PM EST, November 6, 2012
Congressman Robert Hurt has been voted into a second term in the 5th Congressional District.
It didn't take voters long for voters to decide they wanted Congressman Hurt in office.
Hurt made his acceptance speech feel more like a fireside chat than a political speech.
"I feel very strongly and optimistic about the future of this country and I'm an optimistic by nature and I think most Americans are,” Hurt said. “I'm an optimist by nature because I really do believe our brightest days as a nation are ahead of us. They're ahead of us, they're not behind us. They're ahead of us."
He talked about his experiences touring the 5th District and the people he met.
The district is 10,000 square miles, larger than the state of New Jersey.
Hurt also got serious about his next term, saying he's ready to reduce the national debt and continue his work in Washington.
Hurt won Fauquier County, that's his opponent, John Douglass' home.
Hurt’s winning rally was filled mostly with friends and family.
His mom even cooked ham biscuits.
According to the Associated Press, Republican Robert Hurt has won his re-election bid to the U.S. House of Representatives' 5th District seat.
Hurt defeated Democrat John Wade Douglass and Independent Greens candidate Kenneth Hildebrandt.
In the 5th Congressional district, current congressman Robert Hurt is seeking a second term in the U.S. House of Representatives.
His two opponents have put up a fight this election year.
This has been a race that's focused largely around a decades old debate of uranium mining.
Congressman Hurt has continuously said he doesn't have an opinion about lifting Virginia's 30 year ban.
His opponent, General John Douglass, made the issue his number one talking point saying if elected he would ban uranium mining near populated areas.
Hurt spent the day touring the district from Fauquier County in Northern Virginia down to Pittsylvania County.
He voted this afternoon at his poll here in Chatham with his family.
This scene is probably different than what most of you saw Tuesday because he didn't have to put up with long lines.
His opponent, John Douglass, voted near his home in the northern section of the Fifth District.
He talked to voters and made one last pitch on Election Day.
Their third-party opponent, Ken Hildebrandt, has kept a quiet campaign this year.
Not pushing his issues in publicized television ads or at rallies.
Since last month's congressional debate in Danville, voters have said the issue of uranium could sway voters away from Hurt.
We'll see if that has any pull Tuesday in the polls.
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