- Associated Press - Tuesday, June 14, 2016

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Polls have closed in a handful of Virginia congressional primaries.

The most closely watched race Tuesday is among Republicans in the 2nd District, which includes much of the Hampton Roads area. Rep. Randy Forbes is facing off against former Navy SEAL and state lawmaker Scott Taylor and attorney Pat Cardwell.

Forbes represents the 4th District, but that district was redrawn on orders from a panel of federal judges. His decision to leave and run in the more GOP-friendly 2nd District has been the focus of attacks by Taylor.

It’s not clear whether those attacks gained enough traction for Taylor to defeat Forbes, who had a sizeable advantage in campaign fundraising.

Dean Lynge, 65, a semi-retired truck driver, said he was voting for Forbes and that it mattered little that he lives outside the district.

“It’s not as consequential as the bigger picture,” Lynge said.

Voter turnout is expected to be low throughout the state. At the Virginia Museum of Contemporary Art in Virginia Beach, 211 out of 3,965 registered voters had pulled the lever by 5:45 p.m.

Both parties are having primaries in the 4th District, which stretches from Chesapeake to Richmond.

In the 6th District, longtime incumbent Rep. Bob Goodlatte is facing tea party favorite Harry Griego in a Republican primary.

Newport News-area Democrats will decide between Del. Monty Mason and Newport News School Board member Shelly Simonds for a state senate seat. They are running to replace former state Sen. John Miller, who died of a heart attack earlier this year.


Associated Press writer Ben Finley contributed to this report from Virginia Beach.

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