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Defying the Odds

Defying the Odds
New book about the 2016 election.

Sunday, June 14, 2020

Virginia Republicans Put a Seat into Play

In Defying the Odds, we discuss state and congressional elections as well as the presidential race.

Jenna Portnoy at WP:
Freshman Rep. Denver Riggleman (R-Va.), who drew criticism from within his party for officiating at a same-sex wedding, lost his bid for renomination to challenger Bob Good, a former Liberty University fundraiser who describes himself as a “biblical conservative.”

The defeat of Riggleman, who was endorsed by President Trump, puts the central Virginia seat within reach for Democrats in the general election for the first time in more than a decade.

Good won a drive-through nomination contest outside Lynchburg with 58 percent of the vote, said Melvin Adams, chairman of the 5th District Republican committee. The results were announced early Sunday, more than six hours after voting ended.

Riggleman had not conceded as of Sunday morning, saying he was evaluating his options — which could include legal action against the party committee — amid reports of “voting irregularities and ballot stuffing.”