On Saturday, May 8 over 30,000 delegates cast their ballots to choose the Republican candidate for Governor, Lt. Governor and Attorney General. Delegates ranked the candidates from their first choice to their last choice on the ballots they submitted.
Glen Youngkin beat out three candidates to win the Republican nomination for Governor. Former Speaker of the House Kirk Cox was defeated in round four and Senator Amanda Chase was defeated in round five. The final round had Youngkin defeating Pete Snyder. Youngkin took 54.71% of the votes, compared to Snyder’s 45.29%.
Winsome Sears, a former Delegate, beat out five other candidates to win the Republican nomination for Lt. Governor. 20 years ago, Sears became the first black republican woman elected to the Virginia House of Delegates. Sears won the Lt. Governor nomination with 31.86% of the votes. Former Delegates Tim Hugo and Glenn Davis were defeated by Sears. Hugo took 22.94% of the votes and Davis took 19.55%.
Jason Miyares a current state Delegate won the nomination for Attorney General. Miyares beat Virginia Beach attorney Chuck Smith. Miyares took 51.7% of the votes and Smith took 48.3%. Smith is asking for a recount, however the Republican Party of Virginia said that the race does not qualify for a recount because the margin is larger than 1%.
Democrats will be holding a primary on June 8, 2021. Early voting has begun. Currently, Terry McAuliffe is the front runner.