With the primary elections Tuesday, NBC12 held a Digital Dialogue as Virginians chose candidates for Congressional and Senate races.
While voter turnout is generally lower for primary elections, there were some hotly contested races in the state that could change the tide in Washington.
There are some open Congressional seats nationwide, because many Republicans are not seeking re-election after the Democratic wave that hit last year.
Many candidates lined up for the primaries to unseat both Republican and Democratic incumbents, including Republican Congressman Dave Brat, Democratic Congressman Don McEachin and Democratic U.S. Senator Tim Kaine.
The race receiving the most scrutiny is the 10th Congressional District in northern Virginia, where six Democrats are vying to take on two-term GOP incumbent Barbara Comstock.
Comstock won with 53 percent of the vote in 2016 over a political newcomer. Many analysts consider the race a tossup.
Heather Sullivan was joined by our political analyst Ravi K. Perry, Chair & Associate Professor of Political Science at Virginia Commonwealth University, at 3 p.m. Tuesday to discuss the races throughout the state – and why they matter.
If you are unsure of the congressional district in which you live, the House of Representatives website has a district locator tool based on your address.
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