RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — The Latest on the primary contests taking place in three congressional districts in Virginia (all times local):
Voters in the newly drawn 4th Congressional District are trickling into the polls to cast their ballots in the primary election.
Elizabeth Whitehurst, a 57-year-old writer, voted Tuesday in Richmond’s Church Hill neighborhood for Democrat Donald McEachin. She said the state senator is a unifier who has the energy to make the changes that the district needs.
McEachin is facing off against Chesapeake City Council member Ella Ward in the Democratic contest.
Ruppert Beirne, 50-year-old attorney, cast his ballot Tuesday in the Museum District neighborhood for Republican Mike Wade. Beirne said he thinks the Henrico County sheriff is the right person for the job, but said he could have a tough time in the general election.
Beirne says “Republicans face a bit of a challenge” because of the way the district has been redrawn.
Wade is up against Chesterfield County resident Jackee Gonzalez on the Republican side.
Virginia voters are getting a chance to cast ballots in a handful of Congressional primaries.
The most closely watched race on Tuesday is among Republicans in the 2nd District, which includes much of the Hampton Roads area. Rep. Randy Forbes is facing off against former Navy SEAL and state lawmaker Scott Taylor and attorney Pat Cardwell.
Forbes currently represents the 4th District, but that district was redrawn on orders from a panel of federal judges. His decision to leave and run in the more GOP-friendly 2nd District has been the focus of attacks by Taylor.
Both parties are having primaries in the 4th District, which stretches from Chesapeake to Richmond.
In the 6th District, longtime incumbent Rep. Bob Goodlatte is facing tea party favorite Harry Griego in a Republican primary.
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