Virginia. Voters decide key congressional primary elections that could tip the balance of power

Virginia voters have finished casting primary ballots in races that could contribute to a dramatic shift in the balance of power in Congress.

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Eugene Vindman topped the closely watched Democratic primary in Virginia’s 7th Congressional District Tuesday night, in the race for a seat that opened up after the Democratic representative was elected. Abigail Spanberger’s decision to step down from the seat to run for governor next year.

Vindman will face Derrick Anderson, a former Army Green Beret who emerged victorious on the Republican side.

Democratic Representative. Jennifer Wexton is leaving her post due to health concerns in Virginia’s 10th Congressional District. There, declares the senator. Suhas Subramanyam came out on top in a crowded field and will be the favorite to replace Wexton in the heavy blue district in November.

In the Republican Senate primary, Hung Cao notched the first victory Tuesday night in Virginia’s primary election, beating four other candidates and earning the chance to challenge the Democratic senator. Tim Kaine in November.

The elections, decided Tuesday by Virginia voters, could contribute to a dramatic shift in the balance of power in Congress in the fall.

Polls close in these critical races, as well as local contests across the state, at 7 p.m.

Here’s what you need to know:

Vindman wins Democratic nomination in Virginia’s 7th, will face GOP’s Anderson

Virginia’s 7th Congressional District, which includes parts of Prince William, Stafford, Spotsylvania and Culpeper counties, is up for grabs after the Democratic representative’s decision. Abigail Spanberger’s decision to step down from the seat to run for governor next year. The district is considered mostly blue, but Republicans believe they have a chance to flip the seat.

Seven Democrats were vying for the nomination Tuesday, but none of them were endorsed by Spanberger. When it comes to fundraising, career military officer Eugene Vindman led the pack with more than $5 million raised for his campaign, according to the Virginia Public Access Project. No other candidate has raised more than $400,000. The Associated Press called Vindman the race just after 8 p.m. with 51.5 percent of the vote at the time of the call.

Vindman’s main opposition in the primary was State Del. Briana Sewell and former State Del. Elizabeth Guzman, according to political analyst Chaz Nuttycombe.

Other Democratic candidates included Prince William County Supervisor Andrea Bailey, attorney and Army veteran Carl Bedell, Prince William County Supervisor Margaret Angela Franklin and Army veteran and former department official President Cliff Heinzer.

On the Republican side, Nuttycombe said Derrick Anderson, a former Army Green Beret, was the favorite among six candidates. The Associated Press called the race in favor of Anderson around 9 p.m., at which time he had 46.1 percent to 36.6 percent for Navy SEAL veteran and Homeland Security official Cameron Hamilton.

The group also included ordained and White House appointed minister Terris Todd, entrepreneur John Prabhudoss, retired Marine Jonathon Paul Myers and entrepreneur and author Maria Martin.

Hung Cao convincingly wins Republican Senate primary

Commonwealth Republicans also had a crucial choice to make about which candidate will challenge the Democratic senator. Tim Kaine in November.

Virginia has not elected a Republican U.S. senator since 2002, but Republicans have recently won statewide elections, with Youngkin winning in 2021.

Five Republican candidates filed to take on Kaine, with Navy veteran Hung Cao winning a convincing victory. The Associated Press called the race in favor of Cao less than 30 minutes after polls closed Tuesday.

At the time the race was announced, Cao held 65.6% of the vote. Army veteran Eddie Garcia came in second with 10.8 percent of the vote.

Other hopefuls included former DeSantis congressman Scott Parkinson, attorney Jonathan Emord and Marine veteran and attorney Chuck Smith.

Subramanyam wins Democratic nomination in crowded District 10

A change is also coming to Virginia’s 10th Congressional District, which covers Fauquier and Loudoun counties, parts of Fairfax and Prince William counties, and the cities of Manassas and Manassas Park.

There, the Democratic representative. Jennifer Wexton has announced that she is leaving her position due to health issues. The district is solidly blue, but a competitive and deep field of 12 Democrats has formed to replace Wexton:

  • Jennifer Boysko – Virginia State Senator
  • Marion Devoé Sr. — Former Director of Operations, White House Executive Office
  • Eileen Filler-Corn – Former Speaker of the Virginia House of Delegates
  • Dan Helmer, delegate from Virginia
  • Krystle Kaul — Educator and former senior defense official
  • Mark Leighton — Librarian and Professor of Administration at the George Mason Law Library
  • Michelle Maldonado – delegate from Virginia
  • Travis Nembhard — Attorney and former assistant attorney general
  • Atif Qarni – Marine Corps veteran and former Virginia Secretary of Education
  • David Reid — delegate from Virginia
  • Suhas Subramanyam – Virginia State Senator
  • Adrian Pokharel – retired army captain and former NSA and CIA intelligence officer

The Associated Press called the race in favor of Subramanyam at 9:15 p.m. with 30.3% of the vote to Helmer’s 26.6% at that time. Qarni was the next closest candidate with 10.7%.

Republicans in Virginia’s 10th District had four candidates to choose from: government contractor Manga Anantatmula, retired Army officer Alex Isaac, lawyer and business executive Mike Clancy, and veteran and governor of the Marine Corps. Aliscia Andrews, head of Glenn Youngkin’s administration.

The Associated Press called the GOP District 10 contest at 7:41 p.m. in favor of Clancy, who held 61.4 percent of the vote at the time of the call.

WTOP’s Nick Iannelli contributed to this report.

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