Update



State Senator John Edwards hadn’t faced a November opponent in the 21st District since 1999,  but he’s heading back to Richmond for a fifth term after downing Delegate Dave Nutter by 12 per centage points. WFIR’s Evan Jones has the story.
[audio:http://wfirnews.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/11/11-09-Edwards-Nutter-Wrap2-WEB.mp3|titles=11-09 Edwards-Nutter Wrap2-WEB]At Edwards’ Ramada Inn election night headquarters, he called the victory an affirmation of his policies on public education, transportation, and role of government in creating jobs.

Republican Dave Nutter gave up a safe seat he’d held for ten years in the House of Delegates to challenge Edwards, but the final vote wasn’t close , 56% to 44% per cent for the incumbent Senator. Edwards says the victory also sends this message that negative campaign advertisements do not work and voters do not like them.

Spending in this race topped $1 million, in one of the key contests that would determine control of the State Senate.