Weather Advisories Are Exciting News Events: Massive thunderstorms blew through DC, spewing hail and knocking out power throughout the area. Those who still had power took to their blogs in order to inform others that it was indeed raining. The afternoon storm rolled in so quickly that it made for an captivating visual, as captured by Prince of Petworth and The DCist.
Yesterday’s storms put a damper on voter turnout for the Virginia gubernatorial primary. After clogging every channel with strange campaign ads like this one for the past several weeks, the Post reports that only about 6% of the state’s registered voters cast ballots. Polls closed at 7 p.m. and by 7:45, the pollsters at fivethirtyeight.com called the Democratic primary for state senator R. Creigh Deeds.
Deeds captured 50% of the total votes, with former DNC chairman Terry McAuliffe earning 26% and delegate Brian Moran earning 24%. The results are shocking considering that the other two candidates had much more name recognition and money but Deeds got the Post endorsement. He’s now up against state Attorney General Bob McDonnell in November’s general election. McAuliffe will hopefully get back to running other people’s campaigns, since he seems to have slightly more success in that arena. Actually, with the exception of the Clinton/Gore reelection, none of the presidential campaigns listed on his Post profile won, but hey, at least he tries.
Celebrity Sightings: While everybody else is busy complaining about The Real World and the lack of parking spaces around their new abode on S Street NW, other celebrities are flocking to DC discreetly. NBC4 spotted Owen Wilson snacking on Georgetown Cupcakes alone at a table in the bakery. He’s in town for the next couple months filming James L. Brooks‘ new comedy with Paul Rudd and Reese Witherspoon. And now the line of sweating people in need of baked goods will extend even further down Potomac Street.