GOP Picks Nominee for Competitive Virginia House Race
Posted at 5:11 p.m. on April 26, 2014
Comstock won the GOP nod to try to succeed Wolf, above, in Congress. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)
Updated 6:50 PM | State Del. Barbara Comstock defeated five other candidates Saturday to win the GOP nomination for a competitive House race in northern Virginia, according to multiple sources.
The GOP chairman of Virgina’s 10th District, which ran the “firehouse primary,” confirmed the results.
Comstock will face Fairfax County Supervisor John Foust, a Democrat, in November to succeed retiring Rep. Frank R. Wolf, R-Va.. The seat is a top target for national Democrats. Mitt Romney carried the district by a 1-point margin in 2012.
In Virginia, the local party within a congressional district selects the method for choosing the party’s nominee in an open-seat contest. The local party picked a “firehouse primary,” held more than a month before the state’s regularly scheduled primaries, that consisted of 10 polling locations in counties throughout the district, with polls open from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m.
Democrats initially scheduled a convention to choose their nominee, but canceled it when all of other candidates dropped out, making Foust the nominee.
The race is rated Leans Republican by Rothenberg Political Report/Roll Call.