DemDaily: Tuesday’s Elections Results! Virginia

June 19, 2024

Virginia voters went to the polls Tuesday to nominate the candidates for US Senate and to decide key primaries among Virginia's congressional districts.

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Democratic Senator Tim Kaine, who was unopposed for renomination in the primary, is being challenged by Navy veteran and nonprofit founder Hung Cao for re-election to a third term in office.

Kaine, who served as Virginia's 38th Lieutenant Governor from 2002 to 2006, and as the Commonwealth's 70th Governor from 2006 to 2010, also chaired the Democratic National Committee from 2009 to 2011.

In 2012, Kaine defeated Republican Senate nominee and Governor George Allen, 52.83%-46.92%, to succeed retiring Democratic Senator Jim Webb. In 2016 he was Hillary Clinton's running mate for Vice President in their unsuccessful bid for the White House - despite winning the popular vote. He was reelected to a second Senate term with 57% in 2018.

Cao, a Vietnamese immigrant and 25-year Navy veteran, served with SEAL teams and special forces in Iraq, Afghanistan and Somalia and worked at the Office of the Chief of Naval Operations and as a division chief at the Defense Threat Reduction Agency before retiring in 2021. He was the 2022 Republican nominee for the 10th Congressional District, losing his challenge to incumbent Congresswoman Jennifer Wexton (D) by 6.5%.

Endorsed by Trump in May, he swept the Republican primary with 61.7% over contenders Club for Growth executive Scott Parkinson (10.9%), Army veteran Eddie Garcia (10.1%), Chuck Smith (8.7%) and Jonathan Emord (8.5%).

According to a June 11-14, 2024 Coefficient Survey of likely Virginia voters, Biden and Trump are tied at 41% each, followed by third party candidates totaling 7% and Undecided at 12% (MOE: +/- 3.36%).

Of Virginia's 11 Congressional Districts, five are held by Republicans and six by Democrats, including two open seats in Northern Virginia going into the November 2024 elections.

Seventh Congressional District: In the contest to succeed Congresswoman Abigail Spanberger (D), who is running for Governor in 2025, retired US Army Colonel Eugene Vindman won the Democratic nomination with 49.5%, defeating former State Delegate Elizabeth Guzman (15%), State Delegate Briana Sewell (13.3%), Prince William County Supervisor Andrea Bailey (12.5%) and three other candidates who garnered less than 6%.

Vindman will face off against former Army Green Beret Derrick Anderson, who won the six-way GOP primary with 45.4% of the vote.

10th Congressional District: In the open seat being vacated by three-term Democratic Congresswoman Jennifer Wexton due to health issues, State Senator Suhas Subramanyam won the crowded 12-candidate primary with 30.4% of the vote.

In the highly competitive primary contest, Subramanyam was followed by State Delegate Dan Hamer (26.7%), Marine Corps veteran and former Virginia Secretary of Education Atif Qarni (10.6%), former Speaker of the Virginia House of Delegates Eileen Filler-Corn (9.3%), Virginia state senator Jennifer Boysko (9.1%) and seven other candidates who secured less than 3.3% of the vote.

In the Second Congressional District, former small business owner Missy Cotter comfortably won the Democratic nomination with 70% to take on first-term Republican Jen Kiggans in the general election, while the opponents in the Fifth CD have yet to be called.

in the Fifth District GOP primary, two-term Republican Bob Good trails challenger State Senator John McGuire 49.74%-50.26%, with 321 votes separating the two contenders. The winner will face Democratic nominee Gloria Witt, a business executive coach and president of the Amherst County NAACP.

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Sources: Ballotpedia, KTLA, Washington Post, New York Times,

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