Republican Scott Taylor wins Virginia primary, to face Elaine Luria in rematch

Republican Scott Taylor wins Virginia primary, to face Elaine Luria in rematch
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Former Congressman Scott TaylorScott William TaylorRepublican Scott Taylor wins Virginia primary, to face Elaine Luria in rematch Avenatti held in El Chapo's old jail cell, lawyers say Vulnerable Democrats feel heat ahead of impeachment vote MORE won the Republican primary in Virginia’s 2nd District, setting up a rematch in November against Rep. Elaine LuriaElaine Goodman LuriaHouse panel votes against curtailing Insurrection Act powers after heated debate Republican Scott Taylor wins Virginia primary, to face Elaine Luria in rematch National Retail Federation hosts virtual 'store tours' for lawmakers amid coronavirus MORE (D), who unseated him in 2018.

Taylor, a former Navy SEAL who represented the 2nd District from 2017 to 2019, was leading in the primary with 48 percent of the vote, beating two other Republicans with 61 percent of precincts reporting, according to The Associated Press.

Taylor, also a former member of Virginia’s General Assembly, had initially launched a challenge for the U.S. Senate seat held by Sen. Mark WarnerMark Robert WarnerSenators press IRS chief on stimulus check pitfalls Hillicon Valley: Facebook takes down 'boogaloo' network after pressure | Election security measure pulled from Senate bill | FCC officially designating Huawei, ZTE as threats Overnight Defense: Democrats blast Trump handling of Russian bounty intel | Pentagon leaders set for House hearing July 9 | Trump moves forward with plan for Germany drawdown MORE (D) but decided instead to pursue his old seat representing the Virginia Beach area. Taylor lost to Luria by about 2 points in 2018.

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The Republican nominee was endorsed by President TrumpDonald John Trump Trump responds to calls to tear down monuments with creation of 'National Garden' of statues Trump: Children are taught in school to 'hate their own country' Trump accuses those tearing down statues of wanting to 'overthrow the American Revolution' MORE earlier this month.

The district has been competitive in recent presidential election cycles. President Trump beat Democratic nominee Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonCan Republicans handle the aftermath of Donald Trump? Biden seeks to supplant Trump in Georgia Hillary Clinton: 'I would have done a better job' handling coronavirus MORE there by about 2.5 percentage points, and both Mitt RomneyWillard (Mitt) Mitt RomneyRepublicans fear backlash over Trump's threatened veto on Confederate names Overnight Defense: Lawmakers demand answers on reported Russian bounties for US troops deaths in Afghanistan | Defense bill amendments target Germany withdrawal, Pentagon program giving weapons to police Senators aim to limit Trump's ability to remove troops from Germany MORE and John McCainJohn Sidney McCainJuan Williams: Time for boldness from Biden Democrats lead in three battleground Senate races: poll Republican Scott Taylor wins Virginia primary, to face Elaine Luria in rematch MORE carried the district narrowly in 2012 and 2008, respectively, even as former President Obama won Virginia’s electoral votes.

The Cook Political Report rates the race as a "toss-up."

Virginia was originally set to hold its Congressional primaries on June 9 but delayed them for two weeks because of the coronavirus pandemic, which has also led to a surge in mailed-in ballots.