Virginia's 'Firehouse' Primary Won by Barbara Comstock

Sunday, 27 Apr 2014 08:08 AM

By Elliot Jager

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Virginia state delegate Barbara Comstock, a lawyer and veteran GOP operative, won the 10th Congressional District Republican primary, Politico reported.

Comstock will face Democrat John Foust, the Fairfax County Supervisor, in the November elections to fill the seat made vacant by the retirement of Republican Rep. Frank Wolf. Comstock once worked for Wolf on Capitol Hill.

She said she was honored to have won the primary and "follow in the footsteps of my mentor, Congressman Frank Wolf." Comstock called on Republicans to unite behind her candidacy and to defeat Foust, whom she called House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi's "hand-picked candidate," according to Politico.

The race, called a firehouse primary, was held more than a month before Virginia's regularly scheduled primaries, Roll Call reported. Polling was limited to five hours at 10 locations. Of the 13,609 votes cast in the six-person race, Comstock garnered about 54 percent of the ballots, The Washington Post reported.

Her campaign was the best funded of pack and she had the endorsements of a roster of Republican and conservatives figures from Jane Abraham, of the Susan B. Anthony List to media personalities Mark Levin and Sean Hannity to former elected officials Newt Gingrich and George Allen.

Comstock represents McLean, Great Falls and parts of Loudoun in the legislature, The Washington Post reported.

The congressional race is expected to be competitive, though she is slightly favored to win, according to Roll Call. Mitt Romney carried the district by only one point in 2012, Politico reported.

Republican strategist Ford O'Connell said last month that a Comstock primary victory would give Republicans an advantage in retaining the district. "She's going to wind up succeeding Frank Wolf" because she "really knows the district, she's not a carpetbagger and she's also a woman, it helps us put a fresh face on the Republican Party."

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