This vicious fight between Del. Chris Peace (R-HD97) and Republican challenger Scott Wyatt has gone on for months now, so it’s hard to believe it’s really over. But…according to this article and the following post from the Hanover Republican Committee, it sure seems like Scott Wyatt is (finally) the official Republican Party nominee in HD97 (65% Corey Stewart/68% Ed Gillespie district; Democratic nominee Kevin Washington).
P.S. For more background on this situation, see Vicious Virginia Republican Infighting Continues in HD-97. Is Tomorrow’s “Firehouse Primary” Still On? Is It Legitimate? Does Anyone Know?; No “Peace” for Virginia Republicans…at Least Not in HD97 Between Del. Chris Peace and Scott Wyatt and Where the Heck Do Things Stand With the HD97 Republican Nomination Fiasco? (Del. Chris Peace (R) and His Challenger, Scott Wyatt (R), Trade Barbs, Accusations, Narratives About Who Is the Nominee).
The GOP state central committee voted to declare Scott Wyatt the party’s nominee for the 97th House of Delegates District Saturday.
The senior-most state party committee, made up of GOP officials from across Virginia, voted 56-17 to tell to the state board of elections that Wyatt is the party nominee, having won the valid contest for that title, at a meeting in Richmond. The vote also affirmed a lower committee’s ruling to determine the convention that Wyatt won on May 4 the legitimate means of selecting a nominee for the general election.
The vote by the state central committee appeared to be the final battle in the fraught political war between Wyatt, a Hanover supervisor, and Del. Chris Peace for the nomination. Both sides had accused the other of gaming the process to select a nominee and misleading voters.