Virginia GOP rep loses primary

Virginia GOP rep loses primary

Rep. Randy ForbesJames (Randy) Randy ForbesToo much ‘can do,’ not enough candor Trump makes little headway filling out Pentagon jobs Why there's only one choice for Trump's Navy secretary MORE (R-Va.) became the second House Republican to lose a primary this election cycle after running in a newly redrawn district.


Court-ordered redistricting had made Forbes's previous district more Democratic, making his odds of reelection much tougher. He instead opted to run in Virginia's 2nd District, which was being vacated by retiring Rep. Scott RigellEdward (Scott) Scott RigellEx-Rep. Scott Taylor to seek old Virginia seat GOP rushes to embrace Trump GOP lawmaker appears in Gary Johnson ad MORE (R-Va.).

The Associated Press projected Tuesday night that state Del. Scott Taylor had emerged as the winner over Forbes.

Forbes's loss comes a week after Rep. Renee Ellmers (R-N.C.) similarly lost a primary due to redistricting. Ellmers ran in a district that mostly had constituents previously represented by her opponent, fellow Rep. George Holding (R-N.C.).

While campaigning in the new district, Forbes touted his position as the chairman of the House Armed Services subcommittee overseeing the Navy and Marine Corps.

Forbes banked on that argument playing well in a district that includes the world's largest naval base in Norfolk.

But Taylor, a former Navy SEAL, painted Forbes as a carpetbagger.

A Virginia district court concluded last year that the GOP-controlled state legislature unconstitutionally drew congressional district lines so that black voters would be packed into Rep. Bobby ScottRobert (Bobby) Cortez ScottOvernight Health Care: House panel advances legislation on surprise medical bills | Planned Parenthood, ACLU sue over Trump abortion coverage rule | CDC identifies 13th US patient with coronavirus House panel advances bipartisan surprise billing legislation despite divisions Ex-HHS chief threatens to vote 'no' on surprise medical billing measure MORE's (D-Va.) Richmond-area district and maximize favorable boundaries in other districts for Republicans.

The redrawn map moved black voters from Scott's district into the district previously represented by Forbes, which has led to a likely pickup opportunity for Democrats this cycle.

"We have had a vision for this region, for rebuilding our military, and for defending religious liberty, and while perhaps not embraced by voters tonight, we hope nonetheless will be the path forward for our nation and our region," Forbes said in a statement after his defeat. 
State Sen. Donald McEachin won the Democratic primary in Forbes's original district. He is favored to win in November against Sheriff Mike Wade of Henrico County, a Republican.

Forbes is the third incumbent lawmaker to lose a primary. In addition to Ellmers, Rep. Chaka Fattah (D-Pa.) lost his primary earlier this year amid a federal indictment.

Updated 9:38 p.m.