Low Voter Turnout in Fredericksburg; Major Upset
by Deirdre Blake
posted Jun 11 2014 10:59AM
Another incumbent Republican has gone down this primary season, and this time it's the GOP's number-two man in the House, Majority Leader Eric Cantor.
Congressman Cantor is beaten in northern Virginia's seventh district race by David Brat, a Tea Party-backed economics professor with less than $200,000 to spend.
Locally, turnout was low for the Fredericksburg area 1st District House race and Electoral Board Member Amanda McGrady tells WFLS, she's not surprised. She says primary races usually bring less people to the polls and it's made worse by having them in June. Nonetheless, Congressman Rob Wittman hangs onto the bid, with 276 votes, to challenger Anthony Riedel's 71.
In northern Virginia, Former Lieutenant Governor and Democrat Don Beyer will be on the ballot for the 8th district in November. He beat out six other people to take vye for the spot that will be vacated by long-time representative Jim Moran.