VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (AP) — Corey Stewart has won the Republican nomination for U.S. Senate in Virginia and will face incumbent Tim Kaine in the November general election.
Stewart beat state lawmaker Nick Freitas and Chesapeake minister E.W. Jackson in Tuesday’s race.
Stewart is a conservative provocateur who often feuds with members of his party. He’s a one-time state chairman of President Donald Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign and nearly won the 2017 Republican nomination for governor.
He has pledged to run a “vicious” campaign against Kaine.
Former governor and 2016 vice-presidential candidate Kaine didn’t face primary opposition. He sent out this statement following Stewart’s win:
“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.”
The Democrat is the early favorite to win the general election. Virginia Republicans haven’t won a statewide race in nearly a decade, and Kaine has a massive fundraising advantage over Stewart.
Taylor and Luria set up Navy battle
A former Navy commander has won the Democratic primary in coastal Virginia’s congressional district.
Elaine Luria’s victory on Tuesday likely pits her against Republican Congressman Scott Taylor in November. Taylor served as a Navy SEAL.
Luria defeated school teacher Karen Mallard in Virginia’s 2nd District.
National Democrats are backing Luria in their quest to flip the district and recapture the U.S. House. The 2nd District is considered competitive, although political observers say it leans Republican.
The district includes the Eastern Shore, Williamsburg and Virginia Beach, the state’s largest city. It’s also home to the world’s largest Navy base in Norfolk and has one of the highest concentrations of veterans.
Luria owns a small business with her Navy veteran husband, the Mermaid Factory.
Hampton businesswoman Shaun Brown is also running as an independent
Taylor, a freshman Congressman, defeated Mary Jones, a former chair of the James City County Board of Supervisors.
Taylor won the district on Virginia’s coast by nearly 23 percentage points in 2016. The district is considered far more competitive this year as antipathy grows against President Donald Trump. However, political observers say it still leans Republican.
National Democrats have been targeting Taylor in their quest to flip the district and recapture the U.S. House of Representatives.
McAdams, Williams win nominations
Ryan McAdams defeated Shion Fenty for the Republican nomination for Virginia’s 4th Congressional District and Vangie Williams won a three-way race to win the Democratic nomination for Virginia’s 1st District.
McAdams will challenge freshman Congressman Donald McEachin in the general election, while Williams will face Rob Wittman, who’s served since 2007.