Incumbent Wittman Rolls to Easy Victory in GOP Primary
As primary election day approached, there were rumblings in Virginia’s 1st Congressional District that Tea Party activist Catherine Crabill might pose a threat to incumbent Republican Congressman Rob Wittman. But as Correspondent Mark Huffman reports, it wasn’t even close.
Wittman rolled up a crushing 88 percent to 12 percent victory in the GOP primary. The light turnout, which was expected to magnify the support of Tea Party activists, instead seemed to be an advantage for Wittman.
The incumbent carried every county in the District, with Crabill managing just 3,736 votes to Wittman’s 27,330.
Wittman’s low key campaign was in marked contrast to Crabill’s sharp rhetoric, in which she called for elimination of the federal income tax and suggested some current members of Congress are guilty of treason. In declaring victory, Wittman said the results showed “voters want common sense conservative leadership based on fiscal responsibility.” He’ll face Democrat Krystal Ball in the fall.
Mark Huffman, WCVE News, Heathsville