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Voting for Primary Elections Has Begun; Here's What You Need to Know

Authored By: CeJae Vtipilson on 5/8/2023

Primary Voting Has Started

Early voting for Virginia’s June 20 primary election began May 5. As we reported earlier, 44 primary races will be taking place throughout Virginia. Some of these races see newcomers running against long-time incumbents, other races have all new faces and only a couple pit incumbents against each other. 

As a reminder, the deadline to register to vote in the June 20 primary is May 30, June 9 is the deadline to request a mail-in ballot, and June 17 is the last day of in-person early voting. Find out more HERE.

While most primary races will take place via a state-run primary on June 20, a handful of others will be run by the party via firehouse primaries or conventions. A few of these elections took place over the weekend and saw incumbents coming out victorious. 

In the Senate of Virginia:

28th District - Senator Bryce Reeves won the Republican nomination for the district which includes Fauquier, Culpeper, Orange, Spotsylvania, Greene, Madison, and Rappahannock.

10th District – Former Delegate John McGuire won the Republican nomination for this newly drawn district which includes the following counties: Hanover, Powhatan, Louisa, Goochland, Fluvanna, Appomattox, Buckingham, Amelia, Cumberland, Prince Edward, and Henrico. 

Both of these districts are extremely Republican, meaning the Republican nominees will likely win in the November general election.

18th District - A firehouse primary will take place on June 10 for the Republican nomination. This heavily Democratic district includes Chesapeake and Portsmouth. Senators Lucas and Spruill are running for the Democratic nomination in a very contentious primary race in this district.

In the Virginia House of Delegates:

31st District – Delores Oates won the Republican nomination via firehouse primary for this open district containing Warren, Frederick, and Clarke Counties.  

41st District – Chris Obenshain won the Republican nomination via party convention for this open district in Montgomery and Roanoke Counties.  

53rd District – Tim Griffith won the Republican nomination via party convention for this open district representing Bedford, Amherst, and Nelson Counties.

89th District – Baxter Ennis won the Republican nomination via Firehouse Primary for this open district containing the Cities of Chesapeake and Suffolk.

42nd District – On June 3, Delegate Jason Ballard* will face Jody Pyles in a party convention for the Republican nomination in this heavily Republican district containing the City of Radford and Montgomery, Pulaski, and Giles Counties.  *The Virginia Credit Union League is supporting Delegate Ballard in his primary race.

56th District - A convention will take place on May 20 for the Republican nomination in this strongly Republican district which spans across the counties of Fluvanna, Goochland, Appomattox, Buckingham, Cumberland, Prince Edward, and Louisa.

All six of these districts were carried by Governor Youngkin in his 2021 election, so it is very likely that the winner of the Republican nomination will win in November.



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