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Virginia Congressional Primary, June 10th

On June 10th, registered voters in Virginia’s 8th, 10th, and 11th United States Congressional districts will get to vote in open (to all registered voters) primary elections. Virginia scheduled primaries for all districts, but in all the other districts either no candidates filed in time, or only one did from each party, or the party in that district is deciding by convention or caucus.

The United States Senate race to replace retiring Senator John Warner will have no primary because Mark Warner is unchallenged on one side, and because the other side is choosing via convention/caucus rather than allow cross-over voters to mess with their selection.

You can vote in only the Democratic or Republican primary, not both, and whichever way you vote that day you can elect to vote differently later. Voting in one party’s primary does not register you as part of that party, but it is a matter of public record that you voted in that party’s primary that election.

So, if you are in the 8th district, your choices are:

Jim Moran, incumbent
Matthew Famiglietti

Mark Ellmore
Amit Singh

If you are in the 10th district, your choices are:

Frank Wolf, incumbent
Vern McKinley

Judy Feder
Mike Turner

Voters in the 11th district have a little more freedom, there is no Republican primary, and there is a four way race amongst the Democrats (this means Republicans are free to help pick their opinion of the best Democrat, or that they are free to try to get the least electable Democrat nominated so their candidate has a better chance in November; I am not sure how this will pan out, just reporting the facts):

Gerry Connolly
Leslie Byrne
Lori Alexander
Doug Denneny

It is worth noting that in November the 11th district ballot will include at least two additional names:
Keith Fimian (Republican)
Joe Oddo (Independent-Green)

Note: Virginia’s Independent-Green Party is different from the Virginia Green Party. Many people get them confused, I expect there to be a GP candidate for the 11th as well, or for the GP to endorse one of the Democrats if the right one (in the GP’s opinion) wins the nomination.

This post is non-partisan, unbiased, and pure information for voters, but I will comment on it in a day or two about the candidates listed above, and commenters are welcome to express themselves too.

{ 7 } Comments

  1. AmazedAmazed | May 19, 2008 at 6:13 am | Permalink

    Is there some reason you have listed Jim Moran for the November 2008 primary in Virginia (
    and not Matthew Famiglietti? Do you know something the rest of us don’t know? There’s nothing on his website ( about him dropping out of the race?

  2. snolan | May 19, 2008 at 6:39 am | Permalink

    Oh, not a really good reason. I have not finished that guide just yet, and I was just roughing it out until after the primary. To be completely honest, I just did not think it likely for either Matt or Vern McKinley to bump out their incumbents. I could be wrong, that would certainly make those races more interesting.

    I also did not list Mike Turner, Doug Denneny, Lori Alexander as so far their campaigns have not make much headway in the primaries they are competing for. I also listed nearly none of the independent nor third party candidates, yet… I will revise as I have time, and add as much information as possible by the end of the June 10th Primary.

  3. snolan | May 19, 2008 at 7:02 am | Permalink

    I added as many candidates as I could find this morning. Put in all the primary candidates from Democratic and Republican parties. Added in the rest of the Independent-Greens and Libertarians. Looks like the Greens and the Constitution Party members have not put up lists of candidates yet…

  4. MB | May 22, 2008 at 4:43 pm | Permalink

    Actually, what’s amazing is that someone noticed Matt’s candidacy. Or are you Matt, AmazedAmazed?

  5. AmazedAmazed | May 30, 2008 at 5:45 pm | Permalink

    No – I am not Matt.

  6. Michael | June 1, 2008 at 1:16 pm | Permalink

    Thanks for covering this, Scott. Minor correction: you have a typo in Amit Singh’s name.

  7. snolan | June 1, 2008 at 1:18 pm | Permalink

    Oops – good catch Michael, corrected and thank you. Silly typos.

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