Primary results: Some incumbents lose, but Creigh Deeds survives a challenge
Creigh Deeds has retained the right to defend his Senate seat in November, fending off a challenge by Delegate Sally Hudson. In House districts that were contested in our area, Laura Jane Cohen will be the Democrat going up against Republican Speaker Todd Gilbert from the 15th district.
On the Republican side, early results show that Timmy French will win the nomination in the Valley’s 1st Senate district, defeating, among others, election denier Dave LaRock. In the 59th Senate district south of Charlottesville, Buddy Fowler wins the Republican nod.
But two of the state’s most controversial political figures — Democratic Senator Joe Morrissey and Republican Senator Amanda Chase — lost their party’s nomination, along with at least three more of their Senate colleagues. Morrissey, an increasingly rare Democrat who supports limits on abortion access, lost to former state legislator Lashrecse [lah-shuh-REESE] Aird, an unapologetic, “100%” supporter of abortion rights. Chase, a right-wing Trump supporter who has served in the Senate since 2016 and embraced falsehoods about the 2020 presidential election, was edged out by Glen Sturtevant, a lawyer and former member of the chamber. Both of those districts are in the Richmond area.