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Gade, Rashid win party primaries Tuesday

November’s ballot is finally set, following Tuesday’s dual-party primary which saw Daniel Gade win a three-person race for the Republican nomination for U.S. Senate and Qasim Rashid defeat Vangie Williams to be the Democratic Party’s candidate for the 1st Congressional District seat.

Gade will face off against incumbent Democrat Mark Warner for Senate, while Rashid will oppose Rep. Rob Wittman (R-Montross) in the fall election.

Gade, a retired U.S. Army lieutenant colonel and professor at American University in Washington, D.C., soundly defeated his two opponents, receiving 67.47 percent of the vote statewide, compared to 18.08 percent for Alissa Baldwin and 14.45 percent for Thomas A. Speciale II.

The Democratic race for the 1st Congressional District seat was much closer, with Rashid, an author, human rights activist and attorney who lives in Stafford County, winning by a margin of 52.87 percent (21,718 votes) to 47.13 percent (19,362 votes) for Williams, with 99.18 percent...

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