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Virginia Primary Day 2018 Results: Live Blog

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UPDATE 9:50 pm: See below for Jennifer Wexton’s victory speech, as well as a speech by Sen. Tim Kaine.

UPDATE 9:35 pm – See below for Corey’s raucous, nasty, crazy, vicious victory speech.

UPDATE 9:09 pm – On the Democratic side, at the federal level, it has definitely been the “Year of the Woman” so far here in Virginia, with women winning in VA-01 (over two men), VA-02 (over another woman), VA-05 (Leslie Cockburn EASILY over three men), VA-06 (Jennifer Lewis EASILY over two men and a woman), VA-07 (Abigail Spanberger in a landslide over Dan Ward), and VA-10 (Jennifer Wexton by a big margin over two women – Alison Friedman and Lindsey Davis Stover – with Dan Helmer in 4th place).

UPDATE 9:04 pm – I’m really looking forward to helping Sen. Tim Kaine CRUSH neo-Confederate, xenophobe, etc. Corey Stewart, who has won the VA GOP U.S. Senate nomination over Nick Freitas tonight. With 2,524/2,569 precincts reporting, it’s now Stewart 133,767 (44.82%) – Freitas 128,637 (43.10%). LOL

UPDATE 9:01 pm – In Alexandria, Vice Mayor Justin Wilson has defeated Mayor Alison Silberberg; with 28/29 precincts reporting, it’s Wilson 10,737 (53%)-Silberberg 9,665 (47%). For City Council, the top six are: 1) Elizabeth B. Bennett-Parker (13,049 votes); 2) John Taylor Chapman (11,448); 3) Mo Seifeldein (8,974); 4) Del Pepper (8,576); 5) Canek Aguirre (8,561) and 6) Amy Jackson (8,403). Glad to see all my endorsed candidates win, other than Willie Bailey (bummer).

UPDATE 8:59 pm – With 2,505/2,569 precincts now reporting, Corey Stewart continues to pull further ahead, now up 132,295 (44.8%)-127,494 (43.2%), which over a 1-percentage-point lead (could be important for recount purposes).

UPDATE 8:51 pm – And with 2,483/2,569 precincts now reporting, Corey Stewart pulls further ahead of Nick Freitas (131,392-126,702). Gonna be super tough for Freitas to catch him now. Bad news for the VA GOP to have a divisive, nasty, neo-Confederate, etc. as their U.S. Senate nominee, if that’s how this turns out. Sad! LOL

UPDATE 8:47 pm – With 2,446/2,569 precincts reporting, it’s now Corey Stewart edging ahead of Nick Freitas a bit further; currently, it’s 127,639-124,777. Still nothing from Roanoke County and a bunch more remaining in Fairfax County, where Stewart has the advantage.

UPDATE 8:42 pm – With 23/29 precincts reporting in Alexandria, Justin Wilson leads Alison Silberberg 7,569-7,177. For City Council, right now it’s looking like Elizabeth Bennett-Parker (9,277), John Taylor Chapman (8,215), Mo Seifeldein (6,456), Del Pepper (6,295), Canek Aguirre (6,204) and Amy Jackson (6,188). Very close behind is Willie Bailey (5,812).

UPDATE 8:40 pm – With 2,404/2,569 precincts reporting, Corey Stewart is now ahead 123,487-122,042.

UPDATE 8:36 pm – With 2,382/2,569 precincts reporting, Corey Stewart is just a tiny bit further ahead of Nick Freitas: 121,534-120,687. Freitas might gain a bit in Alexandria, Cville and Virginai Beach; Stewart could gain in Fairfax County and maybe Hampton City. We’ll see about Roanoke County!

UPDATE 8:34 pm – With 2,355/2,569 precincts reporting, Corey Stewart just pulled ahead of Nick Freitas by a 119,525-118,853 margin. With a bunch of Fairfax County (where Corey is leading) still outstanding, I think he might pull this out. But it’s too close to call..

UPDATE 8:27 pm – With 2,302/2,569 precincts reporting, it’s now Freitas 115,843-Stewart 115,739. This could come down to Fairfax County.

UPDATE 8:25 pm – Super close race for the VA GOP U.S. Senate nomination. with 2,262/2,569 precincts reporting, it’s Nick Freitas 113,899-Corey Stewart 113,587.

UPDATE 8:22 pm – Just to wrap up the Democratic House side – congratulations to VA-01 Democratic nominee Vangie Williams; VA-02 Dem nominee Elaine Luria; VA-06 Dem nominee Jennifer Lewis; VA-07 Dem nominee Abigail Spanberger; VA-09 Dem nominee Anthony Flaccavento; and VA-10 Dem nominee Jennifer Wexton!

UPDATE 8:20 pm – I’m told that Justin Wilson is up 7,204-6,337 in the Alexandria Mayor race, with just 8 precincts plus absentees remaining. If so, that will be tough for Alison Silberberg to make up!

UPDATE 8:13 pm – In Alexandria, it’s great to see the candidates I endorsed for City Council doing well. In particular, Elizabeth Bennett-Parker is way ahead, at 6,146 votes, with 16/29 precincts reporting. John Taylor Chapman, who I also endorsed, is in second place, with 5,381 votes. Then it gets closer, with Mo Seifeldein (who I also endorsed) in third place with 4,159 votes; Amy Jackson (who I didn’t endorse) in fourth place with 4,101 votes; Del Pepper (who I endorsed) in fifth place with 4,062 votes; and Canek Aguirre (who I endorsed) in sixth place with 4,037 votes.

UPDATE 8:11 pm – In VA-06, Jennifer Lewis has now broken 50% of the vote in a four-way field, with 155/244 precincts reporting. This one is over; congratulations to Jennifer Lewis on what appears will be a big win!

UPDATE 8:07 pm – The VA-01 Dem nomination, with 73% of precincts reporting, looks like it is going to Vangie Williams (8,140 votes) over Edwin Santana (5,870 votes) and John Suddarth (5,356 votes). We’ll hold off a bit longer before calling this one, but it’s hard to see how either Santana or Suddarth can catch Williams at this point.

UPDATE 8:04 pm – With 1,881/2,569 precincts reporting, it’s now Freitas 94,139-Stewart 88,182-Jackson 24,961. Still only 1/92 precincts reporting from Stewart’s home county (Prince William), though. Also still a lot to go from Fairfax County, where Stewart is leading Freitas. So we’ll see…

UPDATE 8:01 pm – With 168/244 precincts reporting in the VA-01 Dem primary, it’s increasingly looking like Vangie Williams will be the nominee; she leads Edwin Santana and John Suddarth 7,795-5,755-5,188. Also, in VA-06, Jennifer Lewis is leading Peter Volosin 3,217-2,098 (the other two candidates, Charlotte Moore and Sergio Coppola, are at 1,153 and 400 votes, respectively), with 99/244 precincts reporting. Looking good for Lewis!

UPDATE 7:57 pm – Congratulations to VA-02 Democratic (presumptive) nominee Elaine Luria, who now leads Karen Mallard 14,008-8,306 with 140/181 precincts reporting. Also, congratulations to Anthony Flaccavento in VA-09 – take it to Rep. Morgan Griffith (R-climate science denial, etc.)

UPDATE 7:55 pm – With 1,635/2,569 precincts reporting, it’s looking like Nick Freitas is pulling away from Corey Stewart somewhat, as he now leads 82,297-75,972. So much for Stewart being Donald Trump Part Deux? LOL

UPDATE 7:51 pm – Congratulations to Arlington County Board Democratic presumptive nominee Matt de Ferranti, who leads 61%-39% with 76% of precincts reporting. In Alexandria, it’s neck-and-neck between Alison Silberberg (2,352) and Justin Wilson (2,307) with 8/29 precincts reporting.  For City Council, Elizabeth Bennett Parker is in first place at the moment, with 2,818 votes, followed by John Taylor Chapman (2,436 votes), Mo Seifeldein (2,047 votes), Matt Feely (1,936 votes), Del Pepper (1,924 votes), Amy Jackson (1,804 votes), Canek Aguirre (1,808 votes) and Willie Bailey (1,737 votes).

UPDATE 7:46 pm – With 109/211 precincts reporting in VA-10, Rep. Barbara Comstock (R) appears to be heading to victory, as she leads Shak Hill 62%-38%. With 1,474/2,569 precincts reporting in the VA GOP U.S. Senate primary, it’s now Freitas 73,422-Stewart 68,377. Could Freitas actually pull this off? So much for PredictIt if that happens! LOL As for VA-02, Rep. Scott Taylor (R-VA02) has easily wrapped that one up. And Ryan McAdams will be the GOP nominee to get annihilated by Rep. Donald McEachin (D) in VA-04.

UPDATE 7:43 pm – With 127/228 precincts reporting in VA-07, Abigail Spanberger is demolishing Dan Ward 74%-26%. This one’s over. Congratulations to Abigail Spanberger, now take it to the godawful Dave Brat!!!

UPDATE 7:40 pm – With 28/55 precincts reporting in Arlington, Matt de Ferranti is winning the Democratic nomination for County Board easily (62%-38%) over Chanda Choun. In Alexandria, Alison Silberberg is leading Justin Wilson 1,673-1,455 with 5/29 precincts reporting.

UPDATE 7:38 pm – With 1,132/2,569 precincts reporting, it’s now Freitas 58,617-Stewart 54,484. Still almost nothing from Stewart’s home county of Prince William…

UPDATE 7:37 pm – Huge slug of votes just came through in VA-10, and it’s now Wexton 46.3%-Friedman 23.4%-Helmer 12.2%-Stover 11.9%-Pelletier 3.2%-Biggins 3.0% with 109/211 precincts reporting. Looks like Wexton’s got this one easily.

UPDATE 7:33 pm – With 72/244 precincts reporting in the VA-01 Dem primary, it’s now Williams 3,430-Santana 2,559-Suddarth 2,274. With 78/181 precincts reporting in the VA-02 Dem primary, Elaine Luria continues to lead by a big margin (8,704-5,253) over Karen Mallard. In VA-07, with 44/228 precincts reporting, Spanberger is defeating Ward handily (71%-29%). And in VA-09, Flaccavento is winning “bigly” (78%-22%).

UPDATE 7:30 pm – In the VA-04 GOP House primary, Ryan McAdams is winning easily (2,319-835) over Shion Fenty with 36/263 precincts reporting. In the VA-10 GOP House primary, with only 9/211 precincts reporting so far, it’s Rep. Barbara Comstock leading Shak Hill 853-610.

UPDATE 7:27 pm – With 509/2,569 precincts reporting in the GOP U.S. Senate primary, it’s now Freitas 24,937-Stewart 23,291. Wild!

UPDATE 7:24 pm – With 294/2,569 precincts reporting in the GOP U.S. Senate primary, it’s now Freitas 12,606-Stewart 12,053-Jackson 3,257. Rep. Scott Taylor (R) appears to be cruising over his far-right opponent, Mary Jones, in VA-02.

UPDATE 7:22 pm – With 30/244 precincts reporting in the VA-01 Dem primary, it’s a close race between Vangie Williams (1,278 votes), Edwin Santana (1,135 votes) and John Suddarth (984 votes). In VA-02, Elaine Luria is off to a big lead (1,697-864) over Karen Mallard with 15/181 precincts reporting. And in VA-06, Jennifer Lewis has a big lead (458 votes) over Peter Volosin (142 votes) and Charlotte Moore (118 votes) with 15/244 precincts reporting.

UPDATE 7:18 pm – With 9/228 precincts reporting in VA-07, Abigail Spanberger is off to a big lead (1,563-479) over Dan Ward in the Dem primary there. In VA-09, Anthony Flaccavento is off to a big lead (587-157) over Justin Santopietro with 24/365 precincts reporting in the VA-09 Dem primary.

UPDATE 7:16 pm – Stewart now ahead by 12 votes (5,675-5,663) with 153/2,569 precincts reporting.

UPDATE 7:14 pm – Nick Freitas off to a VERY early, and small, lead over Corey Stewart (with 40 precincts reporting out of 2,569, it’s Freitas 1,621-Stewart 1,479).

It’s 7 pm, and polls are now closed in Virginia. In this live blog of the election returns, I’ll primarily be checking the State Board of Elections websiteVPAP and the Fairfax County Board of Elections site, among other sources. Feel free to use the comments section of this post to report what you’re hearing. The top-ten races I’ll be closely watching are, in roughly the following order:

1) the Virginia GOP U.S. Senate primary between Corey Stewart and Nick Freitas (I’m assuming that EW Jackson will finish a distant third);

2) the VA-10 Democratic primary for U.S. Congress (I’m assuming Jennifer Wexton will win, but we’ll see by what margin and who if anyone – Dan Helmer? Alison Friedman? Lindsey Davis Stover? – makes a run at her);

3) the VA-02 Democratic primary for U.S. Congress (DCCC pick Elaine Luria is the favorite, but we’ll see if Karen Mallard can pull an upset, despite being heavily outspent);

4) the VA-07 Democratic primary for U.S. Congress (I’m assuming Abigail Spanberger will win in this “year of the woman”);

5) the VA-01 Democratic primary for U.S. Congress (I’m an Edwin Santana supporter, but honestly not sure who will win this one);

6) the VA-10 GOP primary for U.S. Congress (I assume Rep. Barbara Comstock will win, but we’ll see how close Shak Hill gets);

7) the VA-06 Democratic primary for U.S. Congress (I believe that Jennifer Lewis is the favorite over Peter Volosin and possibly Charlotte Moore, but we’ll see shortly…);

8) the Alexandria Mayoral (Allison Silberberg vs. Justin Wilson) and City Council races, which will basically determine the winners in November in this overwhelmingly Democratic city;

9) the Arlington County Board Democratic primary (I support Matt de Ferranti and assume he’ll win the nomination over Chanda Choun);

10) the VA-09 Democratic primary for U.S. Congress (I assume Anthony Flaccavento will defeat Justin Santopietro for the nomination).

I’m also very interested in what turnout will look like today. For comparison purposes, turnout in the gubernatorial primaries last year was: 543k for the Dems, 366k for the Republicans. I’m hoping that Democratic turnout will be strong, but keep in mind that Republicans have a U.S. Senate primary, while Democrats do not, so that might skew the Republican turnout number higher.

  • They’re freaking out over at The Bull Elephant over a possible Corey Stewart win tonight…

    http://bluevirginia.us/wp-content/uploads/2018/06/jeaninemartincorey.jpg

  • Senator Wexton’s Statement on Victory in VA10 Dem Primary

    Senator Jennifer Wexton released the following statement after her victory in the Virginia 10th Congressional District Democratic Primary:

    “I am humbled and honored to have won the support of Democrats here in Virginia’s 10th Congressional District and to be their nominee against Barbara Comstock,” said Senator Wexton.

    “Thank you to my family and staff, and to the volunteers and supporters who have joined our team and been so committed this past year. We would never had earned this success without all of your dedication and hard work.”

    “Our work, however, is just beginning. We are now on a mission to bring real representation to Northern Virginia and to remove Barbara Comstock from office,” continued Senator Wexton. “Barbara Comstock has worked to strip healthcare from millions of Americans, proudly touts her A rating from the NRA, and is so out of touch with this district that she hides from her constituents and has never held a single town hall.”

    “For the next five months, my team and I will work tirelessly to reach out to all the people of the 10th Congressional District. We’ll show them what a real Representative will do for them — meet with them, listen to them, and represent their interests in Congress, not those of the NRA, big corporations and fat cat political donors. I look forward to earning their votes and helping to take our Democracy back.”

  • LibertarianDemocrat

    I’ll be donating what limited funds I have to Democrats in VA-10 and VA-02 for sure. Those are definitely winning candidates. Somebody tell me more about Spanberber: I’ve only heard good things!

  • Kindler

    Well, Dave Wasserman’s observation about women winning most Democratic House primaries this year sure held up big time in Virginia…

    • Yeah, Dave Wasserman and every other political analyst in the world knows this is the Year of the Woman (at least on the Dem side). 😉

  • Abigail Spanberger Wins Democratic Primary in Virginia’s 7th Congressional District

    RICHMOND, VA — Tonight, Abigail Spanberger was named the winner of the Democratic Primary in Virginia’s 7th Congressional District. With 93.42% precincts reporting, Spanberger successfully carried the 7th District with 73% of the vote.

    Spanberger addressed a crowd of supporters at her victory party at The Westin Richmond hotel following the announcement.

    “Tonight’s results prove that when we center our politics around our shared values and commitment to service and integrity, our friends and neighbors will rise to the occasion and make their voices heard,” Spanberger said in her acceptance speech. “After 11 months, more than 100 meet and greets, and thousands of miles driven across the district, I am humbled and honored to accept the Democratic nomination.”

    In accepting her party’s nomination to take on Congressman Dave Brat in November, Spanberger thanked her staff, her family, and her volunteers and supporters. She also recognized Dan Ward, her former opponent in the primary, for running a hard-fought, principled campaign.

    Spanberger credited the primary victory to the campaign’s continued emphasis on issues like increasing access to healthcare, expanding educational opportunities, and creating a more equitable economy, as well as the hard work of her many dedicated volunteers and supporters.

    “The time for politicians who put party over people, special interests over thoughtful legislation, and extreme ideology over the needs of their constituents is coming to a close, and our team in the seventh is helping lead the way,” continued Spanberger.”

    Spanberger will face Congressman Brat in the November 6th General Election.

  • EMILY’s List Statement on Elaine Luria’s Victory in Virginia’s 2nd Congressional District

    WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today EMILY’s List, the nation’s largest resource for women in politics, congratulated Elaine Luria on her primary election victory in Virginia’s 2nd Congressional District. Stephanie Schriock, president of EMILY’s List, released the following statement:

    “Elaine Luria’s commitment to service is unmatched. After 20 years in the U.S. Navy, Elaine went on to create jobs and promote tourism in her community through her small business. With tonight’s victory, she advances to the general election to take on Republican incumbent Scott Taylor, who has consistently failed the working families of his district. Whether it’s cutting health care or supporting huge corporate tax cuts on the backs of the middle class, Scott Taylor has proven to be a better ally for Trump than the people he was elected to represent. Elaine is the representative Virginians deserve and EMILY’s List is proud to congratulate her on tonight’s victory. ”

  • Tardisgal

    Please donate to Jennifer Wexton-Comstock needs to go. Also I hope all the Democrats show up in November and not just stay home because polls show Kaine leading. There’s no way Stewart should be our next Senator.

  • Andy Schmookler

    When BV held that poll on “who do you think will win?” in the various congressional districts, I was surprised when Volosin polled somewhat stronger than Lewis. I wondered what I might have been missing.

    Now I’m surprised that the BV community’s collective expectations — as registered in that poll — proved to be so much at variance with the actual results, in which Lewis has received almost twice as many votes as Volosin. That leads me to wonder what led people to believe that Volosin would prevail.

    Admittedly, we never had polling information. But what were the signs that made Volosin seem to so many so much stronger than he proved to be?

    • A_Siegel

      Some campaigns ‘stuff the ballots’ in open ‘polling’ …

    • You’re overthinking it big time; Volosin’s campaign obviously pushed people to vote in that non-scientific (as I said a million times) poll…

  • Vangie Williams Wins Historic Democratic Primary in Virginia

    FREDERICKSBURG, VA – Vangie Williams declared victory today in her bid for the Democratic nomination in Virginia’s 1st Congressional District, becoming the first African-American woman to secure the party nomination in the district.

    If she wins in November, Williams will become Virginia’s first woman of color elected to Congress. State Senator Louise Lucas was the first African-American woman to run for Congress in Virginia in 2001.

    “I’m overjoyed for the voters who believe in me and my vision for the district!” Williams exclaimed. “This victory is for all the hardworking people whose voices have been ignored for too long. Tonight we take another step toward a future that works for everyone.”

    Williams ran on a platform of building an economy that works for everyone – one that supports education and transportation – and healthy families with access to world-class healthcare. Her INVEST initiative (Income Now for Veterans, Enlisted Military Families, Safety Officers and Teachers), which calls for the first $50,000 of federal income tax to be exempted also resonated with voters across the district.

    “When I made the decision to run for Congress, I knew that I couldn’t do this alone,” said Williams. “I knew I would need a strong message and a team of people who believed in that message to help us get here tonight. None of this would be possible without the people who knocked on doors, made phone calls, donated and even tweeted about this race. Thank you to everyone that made this happen.”

    Williams, a wife of 25 years and mother of six daughters, is a strategic planner that solves problems for the federal government. Her career includes creating the TSA program and hiring nearly 70,000 airport security screeners after 9/11, in addition to being tapped to get the space flight program back on track after the 2003 Columbia space shuttle disaster. Williams has also managed projects across construction, IT, national security and government operations.

    With impressive wins in Stafford, Spotsylvania, Hanover, Caroline and her home county of King George, Va., Williams clinched the Democratic nomination in VA-01.

    Her victory is the latest Democratic victory led by women candidates. Williams joins fellow candidates such as Jennifer Lewis (VA-06), Abigail Spanberger (VA-07) and Jennifer Wexton (VA-10) in their bids for a congressional seat.

    “I’ve been told “no” and “you can’t do that” too many times in my life,” said Williams. “But I’ve overcome obstacle after obstacle in my life to get where I am today. I’m ready for this challenge.”

    “The district is ready for change and for a woman like me, with my story, to represent them.”

  • Elaine Luria Wins Democratic Nomination in Virginia’s 2nd Congressional District

    VIRGINIA BEACH – Tonight, Democrats throughout Coastal Virginia resoundingly selected former Navy Commander and family business owner Elaine Luria as their Democratic nominee for the 2nd Congressional District. She will now challenge Republican Congressman Scott Taylor in one of the nation’s most competitive congressional races.

    Elaine released the following statement following her primary victory:

    “I’m grateful to every voter who came out to vote today to ensure their voice was heard and I am incredibly honored to have earned the support of Democrats across Coastal Virginia. It was an honor to run alongside Karen Mallard and her team, and I want to thank her for all of the passion that she brought to this campaign and all the work she has done to support Democrats in our community.”

    “From the beginning of this campaign I have said that I felt called to continue the public service that I began in the Navy by running to be a representative who will always put our community and our country first. Our work is not done until we fix the chaos in Washington and replace people like Congressman Taylor, who have voted to raise our health care costs, voted to expose our coasts to offshore drilling, and failed to find solutions for the families in our community.”

    “I look forward to having conversations with families across this district about how as a veteran, as a family business owner, and as a parent who wants a better future for my daughter, I share their priorities and concerns and am ready to fight for them in Congress.”

  • Kaine Campaign Statement on Senate Republican Primary Results

    Tonight, Virginia Republicans nominated Corey Stewart as their United States Senate candidate in 2018. Kaine for Virginia Communications Director Ian Sams released the following statement in response:

    “A cruder imitation of Donald Trump who stokes white supremacy and brags about being ‘ruthless and vicious,’ Corey Stewart would be an embarrassment for Virginia in the U.S. Senate, where he would eliminate health care for millions of Americans and slash public education funding. In sharp contrast, Tim Kaine is fighting to make Virginia and our country work for all, where good jobs, health care and education are available to everyone and all people are treated with dignity and respect. That’s the choice voters face in November and we will keep working hard in every corner of Virginia to win voters’ support.”

  • From the Dem Party of Virginia:

    GREAT NIGHT: DPVA Chairwoman Susan Swecker on 2018 Virginia Primary Results

    RICHMOND, VA – Democratic Party of Virginia Chairwoman Susan Swecker released the following statement tonight following the Democratic and Republican primaries in Virginia.

    “The blue wave that started in 2017 right here in the Commonwealth is as strong as ever and Virginia Democrats could not be more excited about this November’s elections.

    While Virginia Republicans suffered yet another embarrassment by picking Donald Trump wanna-be and white supremacist empowering Corey Stewart, the most radical statewide candidate in Virginia. Senator Tim Kaine has spent his career fighting for civil rights, good jobs, and education for all Virginians. Corey Stewart has spent his spreading hate and engaging in destructive carnival barking.

    Senator Kaine is committed to growing the Virginia economy and providing affordable health care options for those most in need. Corey Stewart is committed to Donald Trump’s sabotage of the American healthcare system and Trump’s disastrous trade war that is already costing Americans jobs. Virginia Democrats welcome this contrast.

    Endangered and extreme Trump-devotees in Congress Barbara Comstock, Dave Brat, and Scott Taylor will limp into November under the weight of Donald Trump and Corey Stewart. On the other hand, we could not be more proud of the Democratic ticket that Tim Kaine will lead into the fall. Virginia Democrats will field a line-up of impressive and inspiring congressional candidates who will lead the charge in taking back the United States House of Representatives.

    In VA10, Democrats nominated Senator Jennifer Wexton to take on 97% Trump voting and NRA #1 House of Representatives cash recipient Barbara Comstock, who barely broke 60% in her Republican primary tonight. Senator Wexton, a former prosecutor and child advocate, has time and again won tough elections while delivering results, including the expansion of Medicaid, for her constituents. Comstock on the other hand has made her mark avoiding town halls, voting the Trump line, and doing the NRA’s bidding.

    In VA07, we are ecstatic about our nomine, former CIA Intelligence Officer Abigail Spanberger. Her energy, charisma, and commitment to public service will serve as an exceptional alternative to the far-right, Breitbart/Tea Party, conspiracy theories that have dominated Dave Brat’s tenure in Congress.

    In VA02, Democrats will take on anti-Universal background check and 99% Trump-voting Congressman Scott Taylor with former Naval warfare officer and small business owner Elaine Luria. Elaine’s strength and commitment to service will be huge in flipping the Democratic-trending district blue.

    In VA06, Jennifer Lewis, a mental health worker and community advocate, will be the perfect candidate to stop abortion extremist and Tea Partier Ben Cline from getting to Washington.

    In VA01, we are thrilled that Vangie Williams, who has dedicated her career and her campaign to protecting health care rights and equal rights for all Virginians, will be taking the fight to anti-affordable health care, Trumpian Congressman Rob Wittman.

    In VA09, Anthony Flaccavento’s commitment to conservation and improving the infrastructure of Southwest Virginia will be a welcome replacement to Morgan Griffith’s commitment to no one but himself and his far right patrons.

    Tonight is another great one for Virginia Democrats! I congratulate all of our winners but also all of our very impressive candidates who came up short.

    Tim Kaine and our ticket are ready to take their fight for a Virginia for All across the Commonwealth these next 5 months as we look towards big wins in November. </blockquote.

  • Arlington Democrats Congratulate Matt de Ferranti, Democratic Nominee for Arlington County Board

    Arlington, VA – June 12, 2018— Arlington Democrats congratulate the Democratic Nominees across Virginia, and in particular, Matt de Ferranti for becoming the Democratic Nominee for Arlington County Board. Arlington Democrats came out to vote today because we clearly recognize that the best way to maintain the momentum of progressive change and blunt the Trump administration chaos is to keep voting!

    Now that the voters have chosen the Democratic nominee for the County Board seat, Arlington Democrats are ready to work hard to elect the entire Democratic ticket, which also includes Tim Kaine for U.S. Senate, Don Beyer for the U.S. House of Representatives, and Barbara Kanninen for the Arlington School Board. These progressive leaders have delivered for Arlington, and they deserve reelection. Matt de Ferranti is a terrific addition to this solutions-oriented ticket.

    Jill Caiazzo, Chair of the Arlington County Democratic Committee, expressed, “We thank both Matt de Ferranti and Chanda Choun for conducting a positive, issue-oriented and energetic primary. We are excited to have Matt on the ballot because he will move Arlington forward by maintaining our excellent schools, addressing housing affordability, improving our transportation system, and stimulating a strong economy for all.”

    Caiazzo further noted: “Flipping Virginia Blue this year begins in our own backyard with this important County Board seat.” Since 15 elected seats were flipped blue in Virginia last year, Democrats have succeeded in expanding Medicare for 400,000 Virginians, even without a majority in either the House of Delegates or the Senate. Flipping the County Board seat blue will help Arlington make even more progress on issues that make a difference for all residents.

  • Lindsey Davis Stover Congratulates Jennifer Wexton in VA-10 Primary

    McLean, VA. – Lindsey Davis Stover released the following statement congratulating Jennifer Wexton on her victory in the Virginia 10th District Democratic Primary:

    “From the moment it began, this campaign has been about putting people back into the center of our politics. So first and foremost, I want to thank my supporters and volunteers, as well as the people of the 10th District for giving me the chance to hear your stories, your concerns, and your dreams for our communities. Thank you for inviting me into your homes to have real conversations. Thank you for sharing so I could listen. Your time, energy, and efforts humble and inspire me. Second, I would like to thank my fellow Democrats in VA-10 – Jennifer Wexton, Alison Friedman, Dan Helmer, Paul Pelletier, and Julia Biggins. Together, we built momentum and enthusiasm that will ensure Democrats can unseat Barbara Comstock this November. Finally, I congratulate Jennifer Wexton on her primary win and offer my full support for her candidacy. There’s a lot of work left to be done and I look forward to working with her to ensure that Virginia is the open, inclusive, and progressive state I know it to be.”

  • Former Virginia LG Bill Bolling (R) appalled at Corey Stewart victory tonight

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  • old_redneck

    For weeks now, my Republican friends have been telling me that Freitas would send Confederate Corey packing. They all said Freitas had no chance against Kaine, however, a Senate run would position Freitas to be elected Governor in 2021.

    They aren’t talking much now.

    Meanwhile, The Lovettsville Lady is one step away from referring to Confederate Corey’s supporters as “deplorables.” Go to this link, scroll down to 8:48 where The Lovettsville Lady refers to Confederate Corey’s supporters as “Redneck(s)!”

    http://thebullelephant.com/primary-day-open-thread/

  • Anthony Shifflett

    I am glad that Corey was able to pull it out. This fall will be fun…

    • DCStrangler

      Eww. I don’t like that shitstain even being on the ballot.

  • DCStrangler

    Vihstadt will prevail in November. Arlington remembers.

  • RobertColgan

    Corey Stewart is to intelligence as stupidity is to intelligence.
    Also as racism is to intelligence, homophobia is to intelligence, ignorance is to intelligence, misogyny is to intelligence, fear is to intelligence——–the supportive crowd yelling enthusiastically in front of Stewart only amplifies all of those comparisons to a truly deplorable level of embarrassment.

  • cvryder2000

    Nice to see you finally giving some space, however tiny, to VA-6 /s Jennifer Lewis is a FINE candidate, perhaps the best we’ve had in awhile. Kindly remember, Democrats, that WE ARE NO LONGER OWNED BY BOBBY GOODLATTE! (or, as we refer to him in our household, Mr. Badlatté) I am sick and tired of this district being ignored and consigned to tor GOPers by both the national and state party! Let’s get out and support Jennifer, and let’s give her some help, please! Ben Cline is a weak candidate and a weak opponent.

    Also, COREY LEWIS IS A CARPETBAGGER! Among his other not-so-sterling qualities, he’s from Minnesota (they probably kicked him out, he’s not Minnesota nice), so what’s he doing waving a Confederate flag, ya hey?