Stewart, Williams win in dual primary

by Quinton Sheppard - Posted on Jun 13, 2018 - 03:18 PM

Photo: Billy Carney and Jodie Nelson, both of Gwynn’s Island, are checked in by electors Kenny Dale (partially hidden) and Cindy Shackelford during Tuesday’s primary election in Mathews County’s Piankatank District. As of 6:30 p.m., 396 voters had been to the polling station. Photo by Sherry Hamilton

Billy Carney and Jodie Nelson, both of Gwynn’s Island, are checked in by electors Kenny Dale (partially hidden) and Cindy Shackelford during Tuesday’s primary election in Mathews County’s Piankatank District. As of 6:30 p.m., 396 voters had been to the polling station. Photo by Sherry Hamilton

Following Tuesday’s dual primary, the ballot for November’s general election has been set.

Republican Corey Stewart will face off against Democratic incumbent Tim Kaine for his U.S. Senate seat in the Nov. 6 general election. Despite a low voter turnout in Tuesday’s dual primary, Stewart, who serves as chairman of the Prince William County Board of Supervisors, garnered 45 percent of the statewide vote.

In the race for the 1st Congressional District, Democrat Vangie Williams, a strategic analyst for a federal contractor, will face off against Republican incumbent Rob Wittman (R-Montross) for his seat. Williams captured 40 percent of the primary vote.

In the Republican primary, Nick Freitas, who received 43 percent of the statewide vote, fell just behind Stewart; while E.W. Jackson took 12 percent of the vote. In the Democratic primary, Edwin Santana Jr. was behind Williams with 33 percent of the statewide vote, while John Suddarth came in third with 27 percent of the vote.

The results in Gloucester and Mathews did not mirror the statewide results in either the Republican or the Democratic primary. In both counties, Freitas, a member of the Virginia House of Delegates, overwhelmingly captured the local vote in the Republican primary. Freitas received 50 percent of the vote in Gloucester to Stewart’s 37 percent. In Mathews, he captured 70 percent of the vote compared to Stewart’s 21 percent.