Allen, Cantor coast to primary victories
(WTVR)–Republican George Allen easily defeated three opponents in Virginia’s U.S. Senate primary on Tuesday and all incumbents won their primary races.
Now the match-up is officially on between him and Democrat Tim Kaine—a race that will be closely watched, nationally. Heaps of money is expected to be spent on this one.
According to the unofficial Virginia State Board of Elections returns data, the only locality that Jamie Radtke won was Charles City County, by six votes. The race was closest between the Radtke and Allen in Amelia, Hanover, King William, Lancaster, Mathews, and Northhampton Counties.
Allen carried 65% of the vote while Jamie Radtke had 23%, Bob Marshall had 7%, and E.W. Jackson garnered 5% of the vote. [VIEW COMPLETE ELECTION RESULTS HERE]
“Today, thousands of Virginians sent a message to President Obama, Tim Kaine and their allies in Washington that they have had enough of the failed policies coming out of Washington,” Allen said in a released victory statement. “This November, Virginians have a choice between two very different futures.”
This will be a race between heavy-weights, both former governors.
“Virginians are faced with a stark choice between two very different visions for our country’s future,” said Kaine in a release. “Voters already had the chance to experience George Allen’s vision during his last term in the Senate, which turned record surpluses into massive deficits, added trillions to our debt, and put opportunity for a select few ahead of opportunity for all our businesses and families.”
OTHER PRIMARY RACES
All House incumbents with an opponent won their primaries, according to the State Board of Elections unofficial returns. That was Republican J. Randy Forbes in the 4th District, Republican Bob Goodlatte in the 6th District, Republican Eric Cantor in the 7th District, and Democrat Jim Moran in the 8th District. [FOR MOBILE PHONES VIEW ELECTION RESULTS HERE]
House Majority Leader Cantor praised high voter turnout in his district, saying it was just the enthusiasm Republicans needed heading into the fall election.
“This is the core Republican strength in the commonwealth and I believe the strength will play out to the benefit of Mitt Romney and George Allen,” Cantor argued. “We’re going to bring Republicans home for Virginia this time and I listen to the pundits that say Virginia is going to make the difference.”
In the 4th District, Forbes (R) will face Ella Ward (D), who won the primary race with 85% of the vote.
In the 6th District, Democratic Congressional candidate Andy Schmookler will face incumbent Bob Goodlatte.
In the 7th District Wayne Powell (D) will face incumbent Eric Cantor.
In the 8th District, Patrick Murray (R) will face the 11-term incumbent Jim Moran (D).
In the 11th District, Chris Perkins (R) will face Rep. Gerry Connolly (D) in November.
For the Republican Senate primary, there was a 5% voter turnout. For the Democractic primary for U.S. House of Representatives, in the 8th District, there was a 7.7% turnout.