Posted by Brandon Jarvis
Corey Stewart is the member of Prince William Board of Supervisors that just won the Primary to become the Republican candidate to face Tim Kaine in the 2018 Senate race. Stewart was Trump’s Virginia campaign chairman until he was fired.
Stewart repeatedly boasts Confederate symbols, while constantly attacking Democrats.
State Republicans are worried about what Stewart will do to the parties image. “I am extremely disappointed that a candidate like Corey Stewart could win the Republican nomination for U.S. Senate,” former Virginia Republican Lt. Gov. Bill Bolling tweeted. “This is clearly not the Republican Party I once knew, loved and proudly served. Every time I think things can’t get worse they do, and there is no end in sight.”
Thank you, Virginia!
— Corey Stewart (@CoreyStewartVA) June 13, 2018
Nonetheless, Stewart won the nomination statewide with 45%, over the more moderate candidate and former marine, Nick Freitas.
This could hurt the Republicans down-the-ballot in the competitive House races. Stewart enjoys the spotlight, even if it is negative. Stewart lost the majority of the 7th District where Abigail Spanberger is looking to take Dave Brat’s (R) seat. Barbara Comstock and Scott Taylor are also facing tough Democrats in November.
Here is how Central Virginia counties and cities voted:
- City of Richmond voted 55% for Freitas and 24% for Stewart.
- Chesterfield County voted 52% for Freitas and 38% for Stewart.
- Henrico county fired 57% for Freitas, and 34% for Stewart.
- Powhatan voted 53% for Freitas, and 41% for Stewart.
- Hopewell voted 47 for Freitas and 43% for Stewart.
- Colonial Heights voted 53% for Freitas, 39% for Stewart.
- Goochland voted 72% for Freitas, 23% for Stewart.
- Hanover with a tight Freitas win has 48% for Freitas, 45% for Stewart.