Virginia Primary Voters to Pick Nominees in Local, Federal Races

  • Virginia Primary Voters to Pick Nominees in Local, Federal Races

Virginia Primary Voters to Pick Nominees in Local, Federal Races

In the state partisan primary elections five months later, 52,130 absentee ballots were cast - or 12.5 percent of the 417,935 total votes.

If Democrats have any shot of winning control of the Senate, they'll need to successfully defend Sen.

The District Four congressional seat, including Chesterfield and Powhatan, is now held by Democrat Don McEachin.

Political analysts say the primaries and midterm election in November are expected to reflect how voters think President Trump is doing.

And in a surprise less than three hours before polls close, Trump himself weighed in, asking voters in the coastal 1st Congressional District to boot U.S. Rep. Mark Sanford out.

And keep in mind: Unlike the November elections, you can only vote on one party ticket in the primaries. But this year, Democrats are poised to finally make that jump.

Democrats are also hoping for Republican votes.

"In 2014, we got demolished, and it was a nightmare of a year", said Michelle White, Nevada state director of For Our Future, a mobilization nonprofit for Democratic progressive candidates. Cramer, 57, is the GOP's top choice, after he changed his mind this spring and said he would run for Senate rather than stay in the House.

FILE PHOTO: Senator Heidi Heitkamp (D-ND) discusses farm policy with a reporter at Jamestown College, Jamestown, North Dakota, U.S. April 6, 2018. He enjoys high name recognition and has a hefty campaign account.

The outcome of each of these competitive House races will be influenced by three types of issues: some that are local and specific to that district, some that are statewide and specific to that state, and some that are national in nature.

In the Republican-leaning 7th District, which runs from Blackstone to Culpeper and includes parts of suburban Richmond, Democrats Abigail Spanberger and Dan Ward are seeking their party's nomination to challenge GOP incumbent Dave Brat.

"We came to realize that people were rising up and realizing that we can't sit on the sidelines anymore, and I came to realize that I can't do that either", she said in an interview. Geoffrey Skelley of Larry Sabato's Crystal Ball writes, "Comstock is a prodigious fundraiser and has a history of outpacing the partisan lean of districts she has represented, but the district's Democratic shifts in 2016 and 2017 show why she is one of the Democrats' foremost targets in 2018".

There's also a Republican primary Tuesday in the 10th District.

There are two candidates on the Republican side. Luria will face off against the slightly more liberal Karen Mallard, a school teacher who supports universal health care and who is a strong critic of U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos.

"Bless his heart, but it is time for Mark Sanford to take a hike - for real this time", Arrington says in ad.

A Democrat running for an open state Assembly seat is refusing to let the public view her old tweets ripping conservatives.

Most of these states have interesting and competitive races, but not North Dakota. Republican Mary Mayhew is the only woman running in a four-candidate Republican primary.

The Republican primary vote is a test for the heft of the endorsement of President Donald Trump, who is backing Gov. Henry McMaster.