Taylor defeats veteran U.S. House Rep. Forbes

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Scott Taylor (center) speaks with supporters at an event. (Photo courtesy of Scott Taylor)
Scott Taylor (center) speaks with supporters at an event. (Photo courtesy of Scott Taylor)

Scott Taylor will represent the Republican Party in the race for Virginia’s 2nd District seat in the U.S. House of Representatives after winning Tuesday’s primary by nearly 5,000 votes, according to unofficial election results.

Vote totals from the Virginia Department of Elections show Taylor leads the ballot count with 21,403 votes, or 52.55 percent, as of 8:35 p.m.

Taylor’s win interrupts a bid by Randy Forbes, whose campaign committee had raised and spent more than a million dollars on the contest. Forbes currently represents Virginia’s 4th District in the House.

Forbes has earned 16,553 votes, or 40.64 percent, while attorney Pat Cardwell has earned 2,773 votes, or 6.81 percent.

While Taylor secured his victory with strong support from Norfolk and Virginia Beach voters, Forbes won the majority of the vote in the Historic Triangle. He won 63.02 percent of the vote in James City County, 69.52 percent in the City of Williamsburg and 52.76 percent in York County.

All election results are considered unofficial until a formal results review is completed and all provisional ballots are counted. That review will begin tomorrow.

Taylor currently represents the 85th District in Virginia’s House of Delegates. He will face Democrat Shaun Brown in the November general election.

In an interview with WYDaily, Taylor said he would advocate for more congressional oversight over executive branch actions, particularly those that affect citizens’ wallets; push for eliminated military jobs to be restored and work on improving health care for veterans if elected.

Click on the charts below to view a break down of the results.

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