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In the end, experience triumphed in the race to fill Virginia’s 1st District Senate seat, formerly held by the late John Miller.
Securing 57.47 percent of the vote, Monty Mason, a resident of Williamsburg with three legislative sessions under his belt, defeated Newport News School Board member Shelly Simonds in Tuesday’s primary election.
Mason, 48, has represented the 93rd District, which includes the City of Williamsburg, parts of James City and York counties and part of Newport News, since he was elected to the House of Delegates in 2013.
He now moves on to face a Republican Party nominee in the November general election bid for the 1st District, which includes the City of Williamsburg, parts of James City and York counties and parts of Newport News, Hampton and Suffolk.
Mason’s challenger has yet to be announced, as the Republican Party of Virginia was scheduled to hold a party canvas on June 11 to select a nominee, but has not yet revealed its choice to face Mason.
Click on the charts below to view a break down of the primary results. All election results are considered unofficial until a formal results review is completed and all provisional ballots are counted. That review will begin tomorrow.