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Voting Underway in Virginia Primary Elections

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    There are 18 contested legislative elections Tuesday. The closest watched is GOP House Speaker William J. Howell's run for re-election.

    Voting is underway for primary elections across Virginia. 

    There are 18 contested legislative elections Tuesday. The closest watched is GOP House Speaker William J. Howell's run for re-election.

    Howell is facing off against Susan Stimpson. The tea party favorite is a former political protégé of Howell's who says the speaker has become too cozy with special interests.

    Howell has a large financial advantage over Stimpson, but she's received help from outside anti-tax and pro-gun groups that have attacked the speaker.

    There's also keen interest in a handful of Senate primaries, including a four-way GOP battle in Henrico County for retiring Sen. Walter Stosch's seat.

    Polls close at 7 p.m. Voters can find their polling locations at elections.virginia.gov.