Daniel Gade was tapped for the Republican nomination to battle against U.S. Sen. Mark Warner for the Senate seat, and Cameron Webb captured the 5th District Democratic nomination in Tuesday’s primary elections.
Webb will now face Republican Bob Good who ousted Rep. Denver Riggleman for the GOP nomination.
Not only did he take the 5th District, but Webb also captured the attention of Halifax County voters earning 1,812 votes in the county.
Followed by him was Claire C. Russo with 178 votes.
Webb also led every precinct in Halifax County by a landslide.
“Tonight, the voters in the Democratic primary here in Virginia’s Fifth Congressional District entrusted me with the responsibility of carrying the flag forward into November,” Webb said in a statement released early Wednesday morning. “I am humbled, I am overjoyed, and I am supremely motivated by your confidence in me.”
Others in the running were R. D. Huffstetler Jr. and John D. Lesinski.
Overall, Webb received 66.54% of the votes in the 5th district, Russo received 18.21%, Huffstetler garnered 9.88% and Lesinski received 5.37% of the district’s votes.
Moving forward, Webb said he looks forward to “continuing to build, continuing to engage, and continuing to serve in the weeks and months to come.”
With this election, he said health care, education and the “urgent need to act on the science of climate change” are on the ballot, and he said this election is about responding “to our crisis — our global health pandemic and our national crisis of racial injustice.”
Good also released a statement Tuesday night saying, “I stand in stark contrast to the agenda that Webb has put forward during his race.”
He also said, “I believe that the vast majority of the voters in the 5th District of Virginia know that there is no free lunch, that the sale and distribution of drugs are destroying our families and our communities, that curtailing our energy and economic freedom is not a formula for growth, and additional funding to an organization like Planned Parenthood in their efforts to destroy innocent life is abhorrent.”
Gade, a retired U.S. Army lieutenant colonel who was awarded two Purple Hearts, also led in Halifax County for the GOP nomination with 895 votes in the county followed by Alissa Baldwin’s 152 votes and Thomas Speciale II’s 132 votes.
The GOP nominee also earned the majority of votes in every precinct in Halifax County. Meadville precinct was the only location where votes become close.
At the Meadville precinct, Gade received eight votes or 44% compared to Speciale, who earned seven votes or 38.89%.
Gade has pledged not to be a “rubber stamp” for the president but said President Donald Trump is “good on the policies that I care about,” including religious liberty.
Overall, Gade garnered 204,543 votes or 67.45%, Baldwin gained 54,813 votes or 18.07% and Speciale received 43,898 votes or 14.48%.
Sen. Warner is unopposed for his party’s nomination. He has held the Senate seat since 2008.