Rep. Bob Good gets nod to 2nd term at GOP convention in Virginia

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HAMPDEN SYDNEY, Va. — Rep. Bob Good (R-Va.) survived a primary challenge at a GOP nominating convention in Virginia’s 5th congressional district on Saturday, winning by an overwhelming margin of votes, while Republicans in the 10th District are awaiting the results of their primary.

Good, one of the more conservative members of the House, was challenged by retired Air Force Col. Dan Moy, chairman of the Charlottesville GOP committee, who had accused Good of being ‘missing’ on questions of national defense and the local economy.

But Moy’s argument swayed few, as Good enjoyed wide support from fellow Trump loyalists and religious conservatives in the reliable red light district.

Accepting the nomination, Good thanked delegates for coming out in the heat to vote for him, thanked veterans for their service, and attacked the media at length. He then amplified the crowd with promises to defeat the Democrats in November and take control of Congress.

“They want to do as much harm as possible while they have the power. … You are going to have a massive shift that will manifest in November,” Good said.

In an interview, Moy said he would support Good in November and continue to serve as chair of the Charlottesville GOP.

The GOP convention at Hampden-Sydney College was one of three Republican contests underway on Saturday as November matchups begin to emerge in Virginia. Republicans in the 10th congressional district are selecting their nominee from nearly a dozen candidates seeking to face Rep. Jennifer Wexton (D-Va.) overall, though results aren’t expected until Sunday. 8th Republicans chose Karina Lipsman as their their nominee for a GOP convention as well, though Republicans generally don’t do well in Northern Virginia’s Deep Blue District.

Good — who received 1,488 votes to Moy’s 271, with votes from more Republican districts being the heaviest — will face Democratic candidate Josh Throneburg, a pastor and small business owner in Charlottesville, in the November election.

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In a damp gymnasium, the crowd erupted when Good appeared on stage ahead of the vote.

“Thank you for being in the fight for the future of our country,” Good said as he took the microphone. “Thank you for being ultra-MAGA! »

In her 10-minute speech, Good highlighted her travels to the southern border, her attendance at school board meetings to stand with parents against the “indoctrination” of children through critical race theory, and boasted being ranked 431 out of 435 in a recent bipartisan indexing rating.

“I am not in Washington to work with the Democrats. I’m here to defeat the Democrats! Well said, garnering widespread support from the crowd.

Good named three priorities and promised to continue to fight for them: border security, opposing Democratic spending and, through his work on the House Committee on Education and Labor , “fighting against radical transgender ideology, the sexualization of our children”, and the pandemic-era mandates, saying he was on the front lines, “speaking out against this government’s response to the situation of the virus in China”.

Moy took the stage before the vote to cheers and boos, at times vying with Good’s supporters for the floor as they intermittently shouted, “We want Bob!”

During his speech, Moy highlighted his service in the Air Force, noting how he commanded combat troops on the ground in Afghanistan while battling the Taliban. His candidacy for Congress was a continuation of his oath, he said, and he promised that if elected he would seek to prioritize small business owners and farmers to help stimulate the economy. local.

He pointed to Good’s vote against the National Defense Authorization Act which funds the military.

“His grandstanding doesn’t produce any real results,” Moy said. “Virginians, we have to do better. I challenge my opponent because he has failed when it comes to renewing our local economy, defending national defence, our military and our veterans. More importantly, he was reported missing on daily bread issues that matter to 5th District voters.

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While Moy says he would have voted to certify the presidential election results on January 6, Good opposed it and perpetuated former President Donald Trump’s false claims of voter fraud. During the convention, delegates roaringly approved a resolution calling on the Virginia General Assembly to initiate a forensic audit of the 2020 presidential election.

The 5th District remains reliably red after redistricting, but welcomed new counties that were previously in the 7th District. Some of these new voters in Good’s constituency said they were discouraged by Moy’s attacks on Good’s record.

“Moy didn’t say what he stood for – he just rejected Bob Good,” said Debbie Grys, a delegate from Louisa. She said she liked that Good was “a real conservative – a Christian and an advocate for gun rights.”

Kevin French, a voter from Goochland – also new territory in the 5th District – said Good struck him as an “old-time conservative” who “voted against gigantic wasteful spending on things we can’t afford. allow and that many of us do not want”.

Will Pace, chairman of the GOP committee for the 5th congressional district, said about 1,300 delegates were in attendance Saturday.

In the 10th district, 11 Republicans are fighting for the chance to face Wexton in November.

The district has had a blue streak for years – Wexton knocked it down by a double-digit margin in 2018 and Joe Biden won it by 18 points in 2020. But after Governor Glenn Youngkin (R) made inroads in the district last year — losing 10th by less than five percentage points — Republicans saw that progress as a sign that victory could be within reach under the right conditions this year. The redistricting kept the district blue but reduced Youngkin’s margin of defeat to less than two percentage points, according to the Virginia Public Access Project.

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The district rooted in Loudoun County — home to some of the loudest school board meetings in the state — has been fertile ground for Youngkin’s crusades against critical race theory, school closures tied to the pandemic and its promises of “parental rights” in education. And many Republican candidates in the 10th District race have drawn on the Youngkin playbook on these issues, opposing racial equity initiatives and vowing to fight so-called “indoctrination.”

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Leading contenders include Prince William Board of County Supervisors member Jeanine Lawson; Hung Cao, a 25-year-old navy veteran; Brandon Michon, a commercial real estate financier known for speaking at Loudoun County School Board meetings; Caleb Max, the 24-year-old grandson of longtime former district congressman Frank Wolf; and Mike Clancy, attorney and Oracle executive.

The party-run fire station used ranked voting, meaning voters could rank all 11 candidates rather than selecting just one. If a candidate wins a majority of first choice votes, that candidate wins the nomination. Otherwise, the least popular candidate is eliminated and the second choice choices of that candidate’s supporters are added to the tally. The counting process continues until a candidate obtains more than 50% of the votes.

Geary Higgins, chairman of the GOP committee for the 10th congressional district, said he doesn’t expect the count to be complete until Sunday.

At Mercer Middle School, near Stone Ridge in the far south of Loudoun County, the sweltering weather didn’t stop a steady stream of voters heading to the polls.

Tim Vermilion, a 49-year-old engineer, said he would rank former colleague Air Force veteran Dave Beckwith as his top pick.

But after him? Lawson and Cao seemed like the best options, he said.

“For me, part of that is who can get the most votes in November,” he said. “The center is important.

Vermilion is feeling “Trump fatigue,” he said. A candidate like Cao – a Vietnamese refugee and former sea captain – might have more appeal to independent voters, he added, and “approaches immigration issues with a different perspective”.

“It’s important for candidates to downplay the connection with Trump,” Vermilion said, “because it’s definitely not going to play center stage.”

Dressed in a red blouse and matching sandals, Lawson appeared to be trying to make a personal connection with anyone vying for the polls at a college near South Riding.

Peg Ashton, an executive recruiter in her early 50s, told Lawson about pancreatic cancer — Lawson’s father and Ashton’s former pastor had died of the disease — before verbally pledging to support Lawson.

“We know you can be successful,” Ashton told Lawson, “so we’re here to support you.”

Flanked by her husband, Chip, who works as a government contractor, the Dulles resident said it was Lawson’s experience in elected office – as well as his “strong support for Christian liberty” – that had him placed at the top of their ranking.

“She ran ahead. She has more support and more visibility,” Ashton said. “She’s going into it with a larger existing base.”

But because they live in Loudoun County, there were also other factors to consider – like the victory fueled by the Youngkin Schools.

If Youngkin could attract increased GOP participation here, Ashton said, Lawson could too.

“The tide is turning in Virginia and across the country,” she said. “We really hope whoever comes out of this wins and makes a statement.”

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