McEachin, Scott, Beyer and Con­nolly win re-elec­tion

The Progress-Index - - OPINION -

Vir­ginia’s in­cum­bent Demo­cratic con­gress­men have all won re-elec­tion. U.S. Reps. Bobby Scott, Don McEachin, Don Beyer and Gerry Con­nolly cruised to vic­tory on Tues­day.

Each rep­re­sent Democrat­friendly dis­tricts and faced only to­ken op­po­si­tion or ran un­op­posed.

Scott and McEachin rep­re­sent dis­tricts that stretch from Hamp­ton Roads to the west, while Beyer and Con­nolly rep­re­sent North­ern Vir­ginia dis­tricts.

Vir­ginia Repub­li­cans have held onto their slim ad­van­tage in the state House.

Repub­li­can Joe McNa­mara de­feated Demo­crat Carter Turner Tues­day in a Roanokearea House district.

McNa­mara is a Roanoke County su­per­vi­sor and ice cream shop owner.

With the win, Repub­li­cans re­tained a 51-49 ma­jor­ity.

The spe­cial elec­tion for the state House seat was called ear­lier this year af­ter for­mer GOP Del. Greg Habeeb re­signed.

The district is heav­ily Repub­li­can. Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump won it by 30 per­cent­age points in 2016.

Democrats won 15 seats and nearly took con­trol of the state House in a blue wave elec­tion last year pow­ered by voter an­tipa­thy to­ward the pres­i­dent.

All 100 House seats will be up for elec­tion next year.

Two vot­ing precincts in a Rich­mond sub­urb were or­dered to re­main open two hours past the nor­mal clos­ing Tues­day night.

The Vir­ginia De­part­ment of Elec­tions said two Ch­ester­field County precincts were stay­ing open un­til 9 p.m. The de­part­ment did not im­me­di­ately say why.

The precincts are in the Vir­ginia 7th Con­gres­sional District, where Repub­li­can Rep. Dave Brat was locked in a tight bat­tle with Demo­crat Abi­gail Span­berger.

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