Today is primary election day in Virginia; polls are open from 6 am to 7 pm, and you can vote at your regular polling location. The races I’ll be watching most closely today include:
VA02 GOP: For information on all the candidates, see here. The presumed frontrunner is State Senator Jennifer Kiggans, along with Tommy Altman, Andy Baan and Jarome Bell. They are all vying to take on Rep. Elaine Luria in this Virginia Beach-based, R+6 district.
VA03 GOP: For information on the candidates – Ted Engquist and Terry Namkung – see here. These two are vying to lose badly to Rep. Bobby Scott (D) in this overwhelmingly “blue” (D+32), Norfolk-based district.
VA06 GOP: For information on the candidates – Rep. Ben Cline , who should win easily, and Merritt Hale – see here. The Democratic nominee in the heavily “red” (R+28), Shenandoah-Valley-based VA06 is Jennifer Lewis.
VA07 GOP: For information on the candidates – Gary Adkins, Derrick Anderson, Gina Ciarcia, Michael Monteforte, Bryce Reeves, David Ross, Crystal Vanuch and Yesli Vega – see here. The Republican candidates, all of whom are hard-right, are vying to take on Rep. Abigail Spanberger (D) in this competitive (D+2), Prince William County/Stafford County/Spotsylvania County-based district.
VA08 Democratic: For information on the candidates – Rep. Don Beyer and Victoria Virasingh – see here. The Republican nominee who will face off in the general election (and get crushed) in this overwhelmingly “blue” (D+50), Arlington County/Alexandria/Fairfax County-based district, is Karina Lipsman, who has called for the jailing of Anthony Fauci, which obviously is an extremist and completely lawless, unAmerican thing to believe.
In addition to the Congressional contests, there are also primaries for city council in Roanoke City (candidates: Vivian Y. Sanchez-Jones, Peter Volosin, S. Terry McGuire, Joseph L. Cobb); and for city council in Manassas City (candidates: Sonia R. Vasquez Luna, Dheeraj “DJ” Jagadev, Ralph J. Smith, Robert R. Keller).
With that…what are you seeing and hearing out there? What’s turnout like in your neck of the woods? Who did you vote for and why? Feel free to add your observations in the comments section.
P.S. Note that the nominees are already set in VA01 (Democrat Herb Jones vs. Rep. Rob Wittman), VA04 (Republican Leon Benjamin vs. Rep. Donald McEachin), VA05 (Democrat Josh Throneburg vs. Rep. Bob Good), VA09 (Democrat Taysha DeVaughan vs. Rep. Morgan Griffith); VA10 (Republican Hung Cao vs. Rep. Jennifer Wexton); and VA11 (Republican Jim Myles vs. Rep. Gerry Connolly). The only one of these that is expected by analysts to be competitive in November is VA10.