Virginia Primaries: Wade wins GOP primary in 4th District

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) – The Latest on the primary contests taking place in three congressional districts in Virginia::

8:25 p.m.

Henrico County Sheriff Mike Wade has won the Republican primary in the 4th Congressional District, which runs from Richmond to Chesapeake.

Wade defeated Chesterfield County resident Jackee Gonzalez on Tuesday 65 percent to 35 percent, with 83 percent of precincts reporting.

The victory paves the way for Wade to compete for the seat of the newly redrawn district that many view as a golden opportunity for a Democratic pick up. The incumbent, Republican Rep. Randy Forbes, opted to run in the 2nd Congressional District this year.

Tuesday was the first election in Virginia since a panel of federal judges ordered the state to impose a new redistricting plan crafted by a court-appointed expert.

The biggest change to the new maps was to make the 4th District much friendlier to Democrats by significantly increasing the number of African-American voters.

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8:15 p.m.

State House Del. Monty Mason has won the Democratic primary to the state Senate district left vacant by the unexpected death of Sen. John Miller earlier this year.

Mason defeated Newport News School Board Member Shelly Simonds 57 percent to 43 percent, with 94 percent of precincts reporting.

Mason is an executive at Visa and served as chairman of the Williamsburg Economic Development Authority.

Miller died in April of an apparent heart attack. The 68-year-old Democrat was a former journalist who worked at WVEC television station. Miller also worked as an aide to former U.S. Sen. Paul Trible and at Christopher Newport University.

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8 p.m.

U.S. Rep. Randy Forbes is the first casualty of a newly redrawn Virginia congressional map.

Forbes lost a sharp-elbowed primary against Scott Taylor, a state House delegate and former Navy SEAL, in Virginia’s defense-heavy Hampton Roads area.

The race was marked by its negative tone, with Taylor accusing Forbes of acting “cowardly” and “abandoning” his former constituents. At issue: Forbes’ decision to run in the 2nd, rather than the 4th Congressional District he’s represented for 15 years. Forbes made the move after a federal panel of judges ordered Virginia’s congressional map to be redrawn, making his district far less friendly to Republicans.

Taylor was vastly outspent by Forbes, who played up his seniority on House budget matters, particularly on defense spending.

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7:50 p.m.

State Sen. A. Donald McEachin has won the Democratic primary against Chesapeake City Council member Ella Ward in the Democratic primary in the 4th Congressional District.

McEachin defeated Ward by 77 percent to 23 percent, with 56 percent of precincts reporting.

The victory paves the way for McEachin to compete for the newly redrawn district that many view as a golden opportunity for a Democratic pick up. The incumbent, Republican Rep. Randy Forbes, opted to run in the neighboring 2nd Congressional District this year.

Tuesday was the first election in Virginia since a panel of federal judges ordered the state to impose a new redistricting plan crafted by a court-appointed expert.

The biggest change to the new maps was to make the 4th District much friendlier to Democrats by significantly increasing the number of African-American voters.

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7:20 p.m.

Longtime incumbent Rep. Bob Goodlatte has won the 6th Congressional District GOP primary.

Goodlatte defeated tea party favorite Harry Griego Tuesday by 80 percent to 20 percent, with 11 percent of the precincts reporting.

Goodlatte is the head of the powerful House Judiciary Committee, and enjoyed a large lead in campaign money over his opponent. The 12-time incumbent focused his campaign on his work on Congress, particularly his support for a balanced federal budget and the 2nd amendment.

Griego, an Air Force veteran, tried to paint Goodlatte as part of the Washington establishment who was out of touch with the district.

The 6th District stretches from the northern Shenandoah Valley to Roanoke.

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