RICHMOND, Va. -- Conservative candidate Bob Good has won a Virginia congressional race, keeping a longtime GOP seat in Republican hands. Good defeated Democratic opponent and political newcomer Dr. Cameron Webb.
His victory came several months after GOP leaders pushed the Republican incumbent aside.
U.S. Rep. Denver Riggleman angered social conservatives by officiating a gay marriage.
No Democrat has won a race in the sprawling district since 2008, but the Democratic Party was optimistic after Riggleman’s downfall. The ultraconservative Good made his Christian faith a centerpiece of the campaign.
Webb is a 37-year-old doctor and lawyer who worked in White House fellowship programs during both President Barack Obama’s and President Donald Trump’s administrations.
Virginia’s 5th congressional district covers all more than a dozen localities including: Fauquier County, Rappahannock County, Albemarle, Appomattox, Brunswick, Buckingham, Campbell, Charlotte, Mecklenberg, and Bedford; plus the cities of Charlottesville and Danville.
Good released a statement late Tuesday night declaring victory:
"Tonight is a victory for the conservative values that founded and sustain this nation, for biblical principles, the sanctity of life, religious liberty, free market capitalism and the importance of faith and family.
The political elite said that a true conservative couldn’t win here, that this district was turning blue, that this race was a toss-up, but the voters have proven that a bring red conservative can win by standing on principle, despite being vastly outspent from outside the district.
Tonight, we’ve said that America is still a great nation, and I have been elected to hold the line for the idea that government exists for the people and that our rights come from our Creator. To God be the glory!"