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Freedom Caucus Leader Bob Good’s Virginia Primary Too Close To Call

  The GOP primary contest in Virginia’s 5th Congressional District between   Rep. Bob Good   (R-VA), the chairman of the conservative   Hous...

 The GOP primary contest in Virginia’s 5th Congressional District between Rep. Bob Good (R-VA), the chairman of the conservative House Freedom Caucus, and his challenger who is supported by former President Donald Trump remains too close to call more than 12 hours after the polls closed.

State Sen. John McGuire III led by 327 votes, or 0.52 percentage points, out of 62,495 ballots counted as of 12 a.m. Wednesday, according to the Associated Press, which noted that the state of Virginia observes the Juneteenth holiday and is not expected to release more results for the rest of the day. Multiple news outlets reported more than 95% of the votes have been counted.

In remarks to supporters on Tuesday evening, McGuire called himself the Republican nominee. However, news outlets have yet to project a winner, and Good has not bowed out of the race.

“This race remains too close to call. We are in a period where the law provides a process for evaluating the accuracy of all the vote totals from election day to ensure everyone can have full confidence in the certified results,” Good’s campaign said in a post to X on Wednesday.

“Provisional ballots and mail-in ballots are also still to be counted,” the post added. “We are asking for full transparency from the officials involved and patience from the people of the 5th District over the coming weeks as the certification of results is completed. We believe we can still prevail.”


Good, who is seeking a third term representing his Charlottesville-based district, endorsed Florida Republican Governor Ron DeSantis for president in May of 2023. He later backed Trump after DeSantis dropped out of the contest in January of this year, but Trump ended up giving his endorsement to McGuire.

One of eight Republicans who voted with Democrats to remove then-Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) as House speaker in October, Good was picked to lead the House Freedom Caucus at the beginning of this year.

News outlets have projected business executive Gloria Witt as the winner of the Democratic Party’s nomination in Virginia’s 5th Congressional District after she secured more than 56% of the vote in a three-way race. She is poised to face the eventual winner of the GOP race in the November election.

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