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GOP congressman who officiated gay wedding loses primary

LYNCHBURG, Va. — A freshman Virginia GOP congressman who angered social conservatives in his district when he officiated a homosexual wedding ceremony misplaced his social gathering’s nomination.

U.S. Rep. Denver Riggleman misplaced a GOP conference Saturday that was carried out through drive-thru due to the coronavirus pandemic. He was defeated by Bob Good, a former official within the athletics division at Liberty University.

While the conference ended at 7 p.m., the vote tally was not introduced till after 1 a.m. Sunday. Good received 58% of the vote, marketing campaign supervisor Nancy Smith advised The Associated Press. fifth District Republican Committee Chair Melvin Adams mentioned 2,537 of the greater than 3,500 registered delegates voted, information shops reported.

“Resounding win!” Smith wrote in an e-mail.

Riggleman, a member of the conservative House Freedom Caucus, upset many Republicans in his district final summer time when he officiated the marriage of two male marketing campaign aides.

The conference was held at a Lynchburg-area church close to Good’s house and was the one place delegates might solid a poll in a district that stretches from northern Virginia to the North Carolina border.

Riggleman has mentioned a small coterie of Republican insiders had been attempting to rig the competition towards him forcing the nomination course of to be determined with a conference as an alternative of a major. Conventions favor extra conservative candidates and have been used for years by Virginia Republicans to dam reasonable Republicans from profitable workplace.

“Voting irregularities and ballot stuffing has been reported in multiple counties in the #VA05. Voter fraud has been a hallmark of this nomination process and I will not stand for it,” Riggleman tweeted slightly over an hour earlier than outcomes had been introduced. “@VA_GOP needs to reevaluate their priorities. We are evaluating all our options at this time.”

President Donald Trump endorsed Riggleman, as did Liberty University President Jerry Falwell Jr.

Good is now the Republican nominee for Virginia’s fifth Congressional District. Four Democrats are vying to problem him within the fall, with the winner picked later this summer time.

“That’s what losers say,” Good advised reporters, commenting on Riggleman’s allegations of irregularities.

Good has pledged to revive “Judeo-Christian” values to Congress. He’s additionally a hardliner on immigration and desires English to be the official language of the U.S. His victory might make nationwide Democrats and out of doors teams extra more likely to spend cash within the district, which simply went for Trump in 2016.

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