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

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

Former Congressman Scott TaylorScott William TaylorElaine Luria endorses McAuliffe for governor in Virginia Democratic primary Luria holds onto Virginia House seat Chamber-backed Democrats embrace endorsements in final stretch MORE won the Republican primary in Virginia’s 2nd District, setting up a rematch in November against Rep. Elaine LuriaElaine Goodman LuriaMcAuliffe holds wide lead in Virginia gubernatorial primary: poll Lauren Underwood endorses Jennifer Carroll Foy in Virginia governors race Northam backing McAuliffe in Virginia governor's race 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 WarnerLawmakers react to guilty verdict in Chauvin murder trial: 'Our work is far from done' Manchin throws support behind union-backed PRO Act New US sanctions further chill Biden-Putin relations 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.


The Republican nominee was endorsed by President TrumpDonald TrumpSt. Louis lawyer who pointed gun at Black Lives Matter protesters considering Senate run Chauvin found guilty as nation exhales US says Iran negotiations are 'positive' MORE earlier this month.

The district has been competitive in recent presidential election cycles. President Trump beat Democratic nominee Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonPelosi on power in DC: 'You have to seize it' Cuba readies for life without Castro Chelsea Clinton: Pics of Trump getting vaccinated would help him 'claim credit' MORE there by about 2.5 percentage points, and both Mitt RomneyWillard (Mitt) Mitt RomneyThe Hill's 12:30 Report - Presented by Facebook - Tensions rise as U.S. waits for Derek Chauvin verdict Mark Halperin hired by bipartisan policy group No Labels The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - GOP draws line on taxes; nation braces for Chauvin verdict MORE and John McCainJohn Sidney McCainBush says he doesn't criticize other presidents to avoid risking friendship with Michelle Obama 'Real Housewives of the GOP' — Wannabe reality show narcissists commandeer the party George W. Bush: 'It's a problem that Americans are so polarized' they can't imagine him being friends with Michelle Obama 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.