United States House of Representatives elections in Virginia, 2018

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United States House of Representatives elections in Virginia, 2018

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All eleven Virginia seats to the United States House of Representatives

  Majority party Minority party
 
Party Republican Democratic
Last election 7 4

The United States House of Representatives elections in Virginia, 2018 are scheduled for November 6, 2018. Primary elections took place on June 12.[1]

District 1[edit]

Republican Rob Wittman has represented Virginia's 1st congressional district since 2007. He was re-elected in 2016 with 60% of the vote. Wittman is unopposed for the Republican nomination.

Democratic primary[edit]

Vangie Williams defeated both Edwin Santana and John Suddarth in the Democratic primary with 39.97 percent of the vote. [1] If elected she would be the first woman of color in history to represent the state of Virginia in Congress.[2]

Candidates[edit]

[2]

  • Edwin Santana, former Marine
  • Vangie Williams, author
  • John Suddarth

Results[edit]

Democratic primary results[3]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Vangie Williams 11,008 39.97
Democratic Edwin Santana 9,059 32.90
Democratic John Suddarth 7,471 27.13
Total votes 27,538 100.0

Republican primary[edit]

General election[edit]

Results[edit]

Virginia's 1st congressional district, 2018
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Vangie Williams
Republican Rob Wittman (incumbent)
Total votes

District 2[edit]

Republican incumbent Scott Taylor is in a race targeted by the DNC. This is one of only two GOP held seats that voted for Democrat Ralph Northam in 2017. The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee supported Elaine Luria, a United States Naval Commander for the nomination.[4]

Roanoke Commonwealth's Attorney Donald Caldwell has been appointed as a special prosecutor to investigate claims that Taylor's aides forged signatures, including those of Delegate Glenn Davis and his wife,[5] on Shaun Brown's petitions to make the ballot as an independent candidate. Taylor had already cut ties with his campaign manager when these irregularities came to light and promised to cooperate with the investigation, and said that the irregularities in the petitions should have no bearing on Brown's right to be on the ballot.[6]

Shaun Brown submitted 2,163 petition signatures which actually went through the verification process. 1,030 of those were considered valid.[5] Democrats asked the Virginia State Board of Elections to remove Brown from the ballot for falling short of the 1,000 signatures required,[7] and have filed suit.[8] They have also asked Attorney General of Virginia Mark Herring to investigate.[9]

A review of the signatures also revealed that more than 50 Virginia Beach sheriff's employees signed petitions forms at work to get Brown on the ballot during the closing days of the petition drive, when petitioners were scrambling to meet the deadline.[10]

Brown was accused by federal prosecutors of lying to the Federal Election Commission about donating $700,000 to her campaign and bilking the government by falsifying the number of meals her nonprofit fed to needy children, but her trial -- in which Brown testified in her own defense and was subjected to a lengthy cross-examination[11] -- ended in a mistrial after the jury deadlocked 11-1.[12] A new trial has been set to begin on October 9 and run for seven days.[13]

In September, circuit judge Gregory Rupe ordered Brown off the ballot. Brown subsequently appealed to the Virginia Supreme Court but justices declined to hear her case. The Virginia Attorney General's office argued that it was too late for her to appear on the ballot.[14]

Democratic primary[edit]

Candidates[edit]

Results[edit]

Democratic primary results[15]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Elaine Luria 17,552 62.33
Democratic Karen Mallard 10,610 37.67
Total votes 28,162 100.0

Republican primary[edit]

Taylor is also being challenged in the Republican primary by former James City County Supervisor Mary Jones, who has attacked Rep. Taylor for his moderate stances and because she believes he hasn’t backed President Donald Trump's proposals and is too critical of him.[16]

Results[edit]

Republican primary results[17]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Scott Taylor (incumbent) 28,515 76.05
Republican Mary Jones 8,982 23.95
Total votes 37,497 100.0

General election[edit]

Polling[edit]

Poll source Date(s)
administered
Sample
size
Margin of
error
Scott
Taylor (R)
Elaine
Luria (D)
Undecided
Christopher Newport University October 3–12, 2018 798 ± 4.0% 50% 43% 7%
NYT Upshot/Siena College September 26 – October 1, 2018 500 ± 4.5% 49% 41% 10%
Change Research (D) September 26–28, 2018 758 46% 46%
Garin-Hart-Yang Research Group (D-Luria) September 5–8, 2018 404 ± 5.0% 43% 51%
Public Policy Polling (D) April 16–17, 2018 609 ± 4.0% 48% 42% 10%

Results[edit]

Virginia's 2nd congressional district, 2018
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Elaine Luria
Republican Scott Taylor (incumbent)
Total votes

District 3[edit]

Democratic incumbent Bobby Scott is running unopposed,[18] as no Republican candidates filed for this district.

Democratic primary[edit]

General election[edit]

Results[edit]

Virginia's 3rd congressional district, 2018
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Bobby Scott (incumbent)
Total votes

District 4[edit]

After the 4th district was redrawn by the courts for the 2016 elections, Democratic incumbent Donald McEachin was elected and is now running unopposed for the Democratic nomination.[19]

Democratic primary[edit]

Republican primary[edit]

Candidates[edit]

  • Ryan McAdams, pastor
  • Shion Fenty, fashion designer

Results[edit]

Republican primary results[20]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Ryan McAdams 17,513 72.57
Republican Shion Fenty 6,621 27.43
Total votes 24,134 100.0

General election[edit]

Results[edit]

Virginia's 4th congressional district, 2018
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Donald McEachin (incumbent)
Republican Ryan McAdams
Libertarian Pete Wells
Total votes

District 5[edit]

On May 28, incumbent, Republican Tom Garrett Jr., announced that due to his struggles with alcoholism, he would not run for reelection[21]. Instead of a traditional primary to elect the Democratic and Republican nominees, party delegates voted to hold district conventions instead.

Democratic convention[edit]

The Democratic convention was held on May 5, 2018. The party delegates chose Leslie Cockburn as the Democratic nominee.[22]

Candidates[edit]

Republican convention[edit]

The Republican convention was held on June 2, 2018, less than one week after incumbent Tom Garrett Jr. announced he would not seek reelection. Denver Riggleman edged out Cynthia Dunbar, who had just lost the Republican nomination in the 6th district just weeks before, in the final round of voting to get the Republican nomination.[25]

Candidates[edit]

  • Denver Riggleman, distillery owner[26]
  • Cynthia Dunbar, national GOP committeewoman
  • Joe Whited, veteran
  • Michael Del Rosso, technology executive
  • Martha Boneta, farmer
  • Michael Webert, state delegate

General election[edit]

Debates[edit]

Results[edit]

Virginia's 5th congressional district, 2018
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Leslie Cockburn
Republican Denver Riggleman
Total votes

District 6[edit]

The 6th district will be an open seat in 2018, after the Republican incumbent, Bob Goodlatte, representative from the 6th district since 1993, announced his retirement in November 2017.[27][28]

Democratic primary[edit]

Results[edit]

Democratic primary results[29]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Jennifer Lewis 8,202 47.67
Democratic Peter Volosin 4,678 27.19
Democratic Charlotte Moore 3,175 18.45
Democratic Sergio Coppola 1,150 6.68
Total votes 17,205 100.0

Republican convention[edit]

Republican delegates decided to hold a party convention instead of the primary to choose their nominee. Eight Republicans ran in the Convention in this district, where State Delegate Ben Cline was chosen as the GOP Nominee.

Candidates[edit]

  • Ben Cline, state delegate
  • Chaz Haywood
  • Douglas Wright
  • Cynthia Dunbar
  • Ed Justo
  • Kathryn Lewis
  • Elliot Pope
  • Mike Desjadon[30]

General election[edit]

Results[edit]

Virginia's 6th congressional district, 2018
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Jennifer Lewis
Republican Ben Cline
Total votes

District 7[edit]

After Dave Brat upset the former House Majority leader, Eric Cantor, in 2014, Brat won reelection in 2016 with 57% of the vote. Helen Alli originally was going to run as a Democrat but failed to turn in enough signatures; she then was nominated by the Whigs but again failed to turn in enough signatures; and now she is running as a write-in candidate.[31]

Democratic primary[edit]

Candidates[edit]

Results[edit]

Democratic primary results[35]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Abigail Spanberger 33,210 72.68
Democratic Daniel Ward 12,483 27.32
Total votes 45,693 100.0

Republican primary[edit]

General election[edit]

Debates[edit]

Polling[edit]

Poll source Date(s)
administered
Sample
size
Margin of
error
Dave
Brat (R)
Abigail
Spanberger (D)
Joe
Walton (L)
Undecided
Monmouth University September 15–24, 2018 329 LV ± 5.4% 47% 47% <1% 6%
400 RV ± 4.9% 42% 47% 2% 9%
Normington Petts (D) September 18–20, 2018 400 ± 4.9% 47% 47% 6%
NYT Upshot/Siena College September 10–11, 2018 501 ± 5.0% 47% 43% 9%

Results[edit]

Virginia's 7th congressional district, 2018
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Abigail Spanberger
Republican Dave Brat (incumbent)
Libertarian Joe Walton
Total votes

District 8[edit]

In the 8th district, Democrat Don Beyer has served since the 2014 election. Beyer won reelection in 2016 with 68% of the vote.

Democratic primary[edit]

Republican primary[edit]

  • Thomas Oh, federal contractor

General election[edit]

Results[edit]

Virginia's 8th congressional district, 2018
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Don Beyer (incumbent)
Republican Thomas Oh
Total votes

District 9[edit]

In the 9th district, Republican Morgan Griffith has two Democratic opponents, Anthony Flaccavento and Justin Santopietro, and a Whig opponent, Scott Blankenship,[36] in this strongly Republican district.[37]

Democratic primary[edit]

Results[edit]

Democratic primary results[38]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Anthony Flaccavento 10,756 78.64
Democratic Justin Santopietro 2,921 21.36
Total votes 13,677 100.0

Republican primary[edit]

General election[edit]

Polling[edit]

Poll source Date(s)
administered
Sample
size
Margin of
error
Morgan
Griffith (R)
Anthony
Flaccavento (D)
Other Undecided
Thirty-Ninth Street Strategies (D-Flaccavento) June 24–28, 2018 400 ± 4.9% 48% 41% 4% 7%

Results[edit]

Virginia's 9th congressional district, 2018
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Anthony Flaccavento
Republican Morgan Griffith (incumbent)
Total votes

District 10[edit]

In the 10th district, six Democratic candidates, encouraged by the fact that Republican incumbent Barbara Comstock's district voted for Hillary Clinton in the U.S. presidential election, 2016, submitted the required number of signatures to run for that seat.[39] Republicans believe, however, that given that Comstock is an excellent fundraiser and fierce campaigner, she will be able to keep the seat.[40] April polling is favorable to a generic Democrat against Comstock, although Comstock performs much better in polling when her name is on the ballot against a named Democratic opponent.[41]

Patriarchist libertarian Nathan Larson filed to run as an independent,[42] but then withdrew his candidacy on August 13 and endorsed Wexton, calling her "the accelerationist choice";[43] Wexton, through a spokesman, declined the endorsement.[44] Comstock tweeted, "It is good news for all voters in the 10th District that Nathan Larson, a convicted felon who served time in prison for threatening to kill the President and is an admitted pedophile, an admitted rapist, white supremacist, and misogynist, is now off the ballot in the 10th Congressional District."[45]

Democratic primary[edit]

Candidates[edit]

  • Jennifer Wexton, State Senator[46]
  • Lindsey Davis Stover, senior advisor to Barack Obama's Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric K. Shinseki[47]
  • Daniel Helmer, army veteran[48]
  • Alison Friedman, former State Department official[49]
  • Julia Biggins, scientist[50]
  • Paul Pelletier, federal prosecutor[51]

Results[edit]

Democratic primary results[52]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Jennifer Wexton 22,405 41.89
Democratic Alison Friedman 12,283 22.96
Democratic Lindsey Davis Stover 8,567 16.02
Democratic Dan Helmer 6,712 12.55
Democratic Paul Pelletier 2,010 3.76
Democratic Julia Biggins 1,513 2.83
Total votes 53,490 100.0

Republican primary[edit]

Candidates[edit]

Results[edit]

Republican primary results[54]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Barbara Comstock (incumbent) 28,287 60.70
Republican Shak Hill 18,311 39.30
Total votes 46,598 100.0

General election[edit]

Debates[edit]

Polling[edit]

Poll source Date(s)
administered
Sample
size
Margin
of error
Barbara
Comstock (R)
Jennifer
Wexton (D)
Other Undecided
McLaughlin & Associates (R-Comstock) October 6–8, 2018 400 ± 4.9% 48% 47% 5%
Washington Post/Schar School September 19 – October 5, 2018 866 ± 4.0% 43% 55% 2%
Christopher Newport University September 23 – October 2, 2018 794 ± 4.1% 44% 51% 5%
Monmouth University September 26–30, 2018 374 ± 5.1% 44% 50% <1% 5%
Monmouth University June 21–24, 2018 338 LV ± 5.3% 41% 50% 3% 6%
400 RV ± 4.9% 39% 49% 2% 10%
DCCC (D) March 20–21, 2018 400 43% 46%

Results[edit]

Virginia's 10th congressional district, 2018
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Jennifer Wexton
Republican Barbara Comstock (incumbent)
Total votes

District 11[edit]

In the 11th district, Democratic incumbent Gerry Connolly, who ran unopposed in 2016, has a Republican challenger, U.S. Army veteran Jeff Dove. Also running is Libertarian Stevan Porter.[55]

Democratic primary[edit]

Republican primary[edit]

  • Jeff Dove, veteran

General election[edit]

Results[edit]

Virginia's 11th congressional district, 2018
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Gerry Connolly (incumbent)
Republican Jeff Dove
Libertarian Stevan Porter
Total votes

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Upcoming Elections". Virginia Department of Elections.
  2. ^ "US House of Representatives District 1". VPAP.
  3. ^ "2018 June Democratic Primary". Results.elections.virginia.gov. Retrieved June 28, 2018.
  4. ^ Ress, Dave (February 23, 2018). "National Democrats pick their candidate for the 2nd Congressional district". Daily Press.
  5. ^ a b Geller, Laura (August 9, 2018). "Delegate says signatures were forged on Shaun Brown ballot petition". 13 News.
  6. ^ Tully-McManus, Katherine (August 7, 2018). "Special Prosecutor Appointed in Scott Taylor Campaign Forgery Case". Roll Call.
  7. ^ "Va. Democrats ask for Shaun Brown's removal from ballot". WVTR. August 9, 2018.
  8. ^ WAVY (August 13, 2018). "Virginia Democrats sue state elections board over Shaun Brown case".
  9. ^ Geller, Laura (August 9, 2018). "Virginia Democrats ask Herring to investigate petition fraud allegations". 13 News.
  10. ^ Wilson, Patrick (August 15, 2018). "More than 50 Virginia Beach sheriff's employees signed to get independent on congressional ballot". Richmond Times-Dispatch.
  11. ^ Dujardin, Peter (July 31, 2018). "Prosecutors cross-examine Shaun Brown for hours in federal fraud trial". Daily Press.
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  14. ^ Amin, Reema (September 14, 2018). "Virginia attorney general says it's too late for Shaun Brown to get name on ballot". Daily Press.
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  40. ^ Martin, Jeanine (April 19, 2017). "Another Challenger to Barbara Comstock". thebullelephant.com. Retrieved December 19, 2017.
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  42. ^ Fichera, Angelo (June 5, 2018). "Pedophile Advocate, But Not GOP Candidate".
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  54. ^ "2018 June Republican Primary". Results.elections.virginia.gov. Retrieved June 27, 2018.
  55. ^ "Iraq War Vet Jeff Dove Will Seek GOP Nomination in VA's 11th Congressional District". fairfaxfreecitizen.com. April 25, 2017. Retrieved July 6, 2017.

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