Richmond, Va, 23 August 2011: Senate Republicans say tonight’s primary results leave them ideally positioned to win a majority in Virginia’s upper house this November.
Voters in today’s primaries determined the Republican nominees in seven Senate districts.
Delegate David A. “Dave” Nutter won the nomination in District 21. Two former Delegates, Richard H. “Dick” Black and Jeffrey M. Frederick were chosen by the voters of Districts 13 and 36, respectively. In the hotly contested five-way primary in newly-configured District 22, voters chose Louisa County Commonwealth’s Attorney Thomas A. “Tom” Garrett, Jr. Businessman Jason A. Flanary was chosen by Republican voters in District 37, while Republicans in District 39 nominated renowned constitutional lawyer M. Miller Baker.
With the nomination period completed, Republicans have nominees in 36 of Virginia’s 40 Senate districts. The total number of districts being contested is a dramatic improvement for the GOP, which fielded nominees in just 27 Senate districts in 2007.
“With tonight’s results, our caucus is ideally positioned to win a majority on November 8,” declared Senate Minority Leader Thomas K. Norment, Jr. (R-James City), who won today’s Republican Primary in District 3. “Republicans across Virginia have chosen the most impressive field of candidates we’ve had in my memory. Our party is as united as it has ever been, and we are offering Virginians qualified conservative candidates in every region of the Commonwealth.”
“The enthusiasm we are seeing among the rank-and-file in our party is unprecedented,” noted Republican Caucus Chairman Stephen D. Newman (R-Lynchburg). “There is genuine excitement about our nominees, and about the opportunity to elect a Senate that will actively support Governor McDonnell in his efforts to create jobs and grow Virginia’s economy.”