Central Virginians head to polls on primary day

Posted at 1:12 PM, Jun 12, 2012
and last updated 2012-06-12 15:52:40-04

RICHMOND, Va. (WTVR) - It is primary day in the Commonwealth and Central Virginians are heading out to the polls to select their party candidate for U.S. Senate and Congress.

There are several high-profile names on the ticket Tuesday.  Some of the elections are drawing national attention to include the showdown for the Republican nomination for U.S. Senate.

The GOP hopefuls include former Governor George Allen, tea party activist Jamie Radtke, Delegate Bob Marshall and Chesapeake minister E.W. Jackson.

In addition to the Senate primary taking place, there are other key races.  They include the 7th District Republican Congressional race.  Representative Eric Cantor is facing Richmond native and tea party activist Floyd Bayne.

Both Democrats and Republicans are holding their Congressional Primary in the 4th District.

Bonnie Girard is challenging Representative Randy Forbes for the Republican nod.

On the Democratic side, Chesapeake Councilwoman Ella Ward is battling it out with Surry County native, teacher and minister Joe Elliott.

Any registered Virginia voter, regardless of their party affiliation, can cast a ballot for any of the candidates.

The polls are open Tuesday from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Depend on CBS 6 News and for complete election coverage. We'll have updates throughout the night on -- and a full update on CBS 6 News at 11 p.m.