Wittman, Brat Win GOP Primaries

by | Dec 13, 2014 | Government

By Susan Larson

U.S. Rep. Rob Wittman defeated Anthony Riedel in the 1st District GOP primary June 10.

The surprise was in the 7th District, where Tea Party favorite David Brat defeated U.S. House Majority Leader Eric Cantor.  The New York Times called it, “one of the most stunning primary election upsets in congressional history.”

Ken Rudin said on Twitter:




Brat received 55.55 percent of the vote (36,110 votes) to Cantor’s 44.45 percent (28,898 votes), according to the Virginia Board of Elections.

Cantor did carry Spotsylvania, with 54.29 percent of the 3,579 total votes cast in the county.

Cantor is in his seventh term, and ran a $5.7 million campaign.  Brat spent just over $200,000, according to the New York Times.

In the 1st District, Wittman received 76.20 percent of the votes (13, 293) to Riedel’s 23.80 percent (4,151).

Wittman will face Democrat Norm Mosher and Libertarian Xavian Draper in the November 2014 general election.

The 7th District race will be between Republican Brat,  Democrat Jack Trammell, Libertarian James Carr and write-in candidate Mike Dickinson. Both Brat and Trammell are professors at Randolph Macon College in Ashland, Va.

What do you think about the primary results?  Tell us in the comments section.

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