The latest updates as people cast ballots in five U.S. House primary elections across Virginia. Whoever wins today will be on the ballot in the November midterms.
NORFOLK, Va. — People across Virginia voted in primaries Tuesday to pick nominees for U.S. House seats in the November midterm elections.
Polling places opened at 6 a.m. Tuesday and stayed open until 7 p.m. Those who were in line at 7 p.m. were still allowed to vote.
Out of Virginia’s 11 congressional districts, five have primary elections. Most of the nominees across the Old Dominion were already picked in nonprimary methods, such as a party convention.
In Hampton Roads, there were Republican primaries for Virginia’s 2nd and 3rd Congressional districts. The winner of the 2nd District primary will face Democratic Rep. Elaine Luria in November, while the winner of the 3rd District primary will go up against Democratic Rep. Bobby Scott.
What you need to know for Virginia’s primary day:
Scroll through our live blog below for real-time updates from primary day throughout Virginia. Refresh this page for the most recent information, which will appear at the top of the timeline.
9:10 p.m. — GOP congratulates Kiggans, Namkung on projected wins
The Republican Party of Virginia released a statement congratulating State Sen. Jen Kiggans on her projected win, criticizing Rep. Elaine Luria in the process:
“As a former Navy pilot who served two deployments to the Persian Gulf and a Nurse Practitioner, Jen has led a life of service to her country and her community. During her time in the Virginia State Senate, Jen has represented her voters with integrity, working hard each day to defend their interests. In Congress, Jen will fight for local job creation, keeping healthcare costs down, and limiting government spending.
We look forward to working with Jen over the next five months and once she is in Congress to deliver real results for the Commonwealth. Virginians have had enough of Elanie Luria’s dangerous radicalism, and are ready for a new voice representing them in Washington.”
Terry Namkung, the projected Republican nominee in Virginia’s 3rd District, also got a Twitter shoutout from the national GOP.
8:53 p.m. — State Sen. Kiggans responds to her projected primary win
State Sen. Jen Kiggans shared a social media post thanking supporters for her projected primary win in Virginia’s 2nd Congressional District.
“This is our chance to retake control of our country,” Kiggans said. “It’s time to restore American strength in our economy, at our borders, and on the world stage. Now let’s get to work!!”
With 96% of the results reported, Kiggans continues to hold a significant lead with 56% of the vote.
8:43 p.m. — Namkung projected winner in Virginia’s 3rd District
Terry Namkung is the projected winner of the Republican primary election in Virginia’s 3rd Congressional District.
This district covers parts of the cities of Newport News, Hampton, Norfolk, Portsmouth and Chesapeake.
He will face Democratic incumbent Bobby Scott, who will be advancing to the general election in November without a primary election. No one from the Democratic Party signed up to challenge him.
8:16 p.m. — Rep. Luria’s campaign responds to Kiggans’ projected win
After the Associated Press called the primary election in Virginia’s 2nd Congressional District for State Sen. Jen Kiggans, Rep. Elaine Luria’s campaign manager, Kate Fegley, released a statement criticizing the projected Republican nominee:
“As a 20-year Navy veteran and former small business owner who puts the people of Coastal Virginia over politics, Elaine Luria has fought to expand health care services and benefits for veterans, secure billions for the defense budget, invest in local infrastructure, and support small businesses and working families.
Jen Kiggans is a political opportunist who will say anything to get elected and put party over the people of Coastal Virginia. Kiggans is an election denier who is more interested in auditing the 2020 election and partisan posturing to score cheap political points than the issues that matter most to Hampton Roads.
Unlike Jen Kiggans, Congresswoman Elaine Luria will continue to be an independent voice in Congress and work with both sides of the aisle to strengthen our national security, protect our democracy, and find solutions that combat rising costs in the short and long term. The people of Virginia’s Second Congressional District trust Elaine Luria and know that she will continue to deliver and do what’s right regardless of the political implications.”
8:02 p.m. — Kiggans projected winner in Virginia’s 2nd District
State Sen. Jen Kiggans has emerged as the projected winner of the Republican primary election in Virginia’s 2nd Congressional District, defeating three other candidates with a significant lead.
With over 60% of the results reported, Kiggans leads with 56% of the vote. The Associated Press called the race for her shortly before 7:45 p.m.
After winning this nomination, she’ll face off against Democratic incumbent Elaine Luria in November for the seat in the House of Representatives. The election in this district is expected to be one of the most competitive in the 2022 midterms nationwide.
7:43 p.m. — Namkung leads Engquist in Virginia’s 3rd District
With nearly 70% of the results reported in the Republican primary for Virginia 3rd U.S. House District, Terry Namkung is leading Ted Engquist 61% to 39%.
Whoever wins this primary will face Democratic Rep. Bobby Scott in November. Election data from the Virginia Public Access Project shows that Scott’s district is a Democratic stronghold.
7:38 p.m. — Kiggans leads GOP primary in Virginia’s 2nd District
With 33% of the results reported in Virginia’s 2nd District, State Sen. Jen Kiggans share of the vote slightly dropped from the previous update, but at 58%, she still holds a significant lead over the three other candidates
Jarome Bell comes in a distant second at 25%, Tommy Altman is third at 14% and Andy Baan is fourth at 2%.
It’s worth mentioning that Kiggans has several high-profile Republican endorsements, including House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy and House GOP Conference Chair Elise Stefanik.
7:17 p.m. — Results are coming in, but it’s still early
Election officials are starting to report results from several Virginia U.S. House primaries, but it’s still too early to say where the outcome is heading.
With 9% of the results in Virginia’s 2nd Congressional District reported, State Sen. Jen Kiggans is leading with 63% of the vote and Jarome Bell is a distant second at 23%.
In Virginia’s 3rd Congressional District with 6% of the results reported, Terry Namkung is leading Ted Engquist 62% to 38%.
7 p.m. — Polls are closed
Polls are now closed for the five primary elections in Virginia. Follow along with 13News Now’s election results page to see how Virginians voted.
In Hampton Roads, 13News Now is watching the Republican primaries for Virginia’s 2nd and 3rd Congressional districts. The winner of the 2nd District primary will face Democratic Rep. Elaine Luria in November, while the winner of the 3rd District primary will go up against Democratic Rep. Bobby Scott.
Elsewhere in Virginia, there are also Republican primaries for Virginia’s 6th and 7th districts, and one Democratic primary in the 8th district.
5 p.m. — 2 hours until polls close
It’s not too late to cast a ballot in the primary elections in Virginia today. While polling places are open until 7 p.m., if you’re in line at 7, you’ll still be allowed to vote.
4:32 p.m. — Voting numbers in Virginia Beach
As the most populated city in Virginia’s 2nd Congressional District, Virginia Beach is going to play a significant role in the November midterm election.
13News Now’s Alex Littlehales spoke with city election officials, who broke down the voting numbers so far.
With less than three hours before polls close, more than 13,500 people have cast a vote in person.
In the June 2020 Republican primary, the city had more than 26,000 votes on Election Day itself.
2:45 p.m. — What you need to know about the GOP primary in Virginia’s 2nd District
Republicans in Virginia’s 2nd Congressional District will pick someone to face off against Democrat Elaine Luria, who is looking to keep her seat in Congress for a third term.
The Cook Political Report predicts that the race in Virginia’s 2nd Congressional District will be one of the most competitive in the 2022 midterm elections, which historically sees the president’s party lose seats in Congress.
There are four GOP candidates on the ballot in the primary election: Tommy Altman, Andy Baan, Jarome Bell, and Jen Kiggans.