RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) – Tuesday night was a very important night for some republicans vying for a seat in the House of Representatives. Voters went to the polls to pick nominees for their party for the fall congressional elections.
There were very few surprises as republican voters picked their candidates in five different primary contests. The most heated race- Virginia's 5th Congressional District based in and around Charlottesville may have picked a winner, but the fight for the conservative vote may not be over.
State Senator Robert Hurt outlasted a slew of republican candidates hoping to take on democrat incumbent tom Perriello. Perriello is considered vulnerable in the red leaning district, but republicans can't get on the same page. Hurt ran as a conservative, but was bruised by tea party backers who criticized his vote to raise taxes during the Warner administration.
Now conservatives are threatening an independent challenge that could siphon votes in November. Tuesday night- Hurt said he is ready to lead a unified party.
Elsewhere in Virginia's 1st District, Rob Whitman was easily renominated. Voters in Virginia Beach chose businessman Scott Riegell to take on Glenn Nye. In northern Virginia, Keith Fimian will get the chance to take on Gerry Connelly once again. And in the 8th District, Patrick Murray will move on to November.
Republicans are hoping for big things this November and they are hoping this is the crop of candidates to bring them home.