Virginia Rep. Forbes loses primary, victim of redrawn map

J Randy Forbes R-Va. 4th speaking during a meeting with Prince George County Va. officials at the cou

Rep. Randy ForbesRandy ForbesVirginia GOP rep loses primary Supreme Court to review Virginia state voting districts Overnight Regulation: Supreme Court rejects GOP redistricting challenge MORE (R-Va.) became the second House Republican to lose a primary this election cycle, after running in a newly redrawn district. Its current representative, GOP Rep. J. Randy Forbes, ran for the GOP nomination in the neighboring 2nd District and lost.

As chairman of the subcommittee on Seapower and Force Projection, he led a markup of the National Defense Authorization Act that would add $2.3 billion in funds for Navy shipbuilding, raising spending to levels unseen since 1988.

Forbes' opponent, state House Delegate Scott Taylor, ran a similar campaign to Brat's.

"We have had a vision for this region, for rebuilding our military, and for defending religious liberty, and while perhaps not embraced by voters tonight, we hope nonetheless will be the path forward for our nation and our region", Forbes said after his defeat, according to The Hill.

Taylor aimed harsh rhetoric at Forbes, an eight-term lawmaker, for not living in the 2nd District.

On the Eastern Shore, Taylor won handily in Accomack County with more than 53 percent of the vote, or 677 votes, to Forbes' 531 votes.

Though Forbes touted his seniority on the HASC as vital to defense-rich Hampton Roads on the campaign trail, Taylor hammered him as a political opportunist who abandoned his district to preserve his political career. Like Forbes, her loss was in part due to redistricting that forced her into a contest with fellow Rep. George Holding. The U.S. Supreme Court upheld the new map in May. Forbes made the move after a federal panel of judges ordered Virginia's congressional map to be redrawn, making his district far less friendly to Republicans.

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