Delegate Barbara Comstock easily won her Republican Firehouse Primary today in Virginia’s 10th Congressional District, with reports saying she took 60 percent of the vote. She was vying for the open seat of retiring Congressman Frank Wolfe, and beat out her two Republican opponents Delegate Bob Marshall and Howie Lind. Ms. Comstock was considered the strongest contender because of her fundraising advantage and the swell of support behind her. In a district was went for Mitt Romney by just one point in 2012, the GOP needs all the fire power they can get to hold onto that seat. Dems badly want it.
U.S. House Majority Leader Eric Cantor posted on Facebook, “Congratulations to a great friend Barbara Comstock on your victory in today’s election! On to November!”
Del. Comstock remarked after her win:
“It is an honor and a privilege to win my party’s nomination for Virginia’s 10th Congressional District and follow in the footsteps of my mentor, Congressman Frank Wolf. Now is the time for all Republicans to unite and pool our resources together to defend this seat from Nancy Pelosi’s hand-picked candidate. The election in November will be about my plans to get the economy growing again, creating jobs, and repealing and replacing Obamacare. Congress is in desperate need of problem solvers and I intend to use my common sense principles to better the lives of my constituents when I am elected in November.”
She will now run against Democrat Fairfax Supervisor John Foust for the November election.
Update: House speaker William Howell offered his congratulations to Barbara Comstock:
“Congratulations to Barbara Comstock and her entire team on a decisive victory. Capturing over 55 percent of the vote in any election is good, but it is remarkable to see such an overwhelming victory in a six-way race. Barbara ran a strong, positive campaign based on ideas and real solutions for the people of Virginia. I am confident that approach will propel her and the entire Republican Party to victory in November.
“Thank you to the 10th Congressional District Committee and all of the volunteers who organized and worked today’s election. Volunteers and grassroots leaders are the heart and soul of our party and we could not win without them.
“Regardless of how one voted in today’s nominating contest, it is important that all Republicans in the 10th District rally behind Barbara. As Republicans, we can have disagreements, but we can not let those disagreements distract us from electing good people who will make our Commonwealth and country a better place.”
Barbara Comstock, an attorney, small businesswoman, former senior Justice Department official, and former senior aide to Congressman Frank Wolf, was elected in November, 2009, to represent the 34th District (Great Falls, parts of McLean, Vienna, and Loudoun) in the Virginia House of Delegates. She was re-elected in 2011 and 2013 and currently serves on the Commerce and Labor Committee, Transportation Committee, and as Chairman of the Science and Technology Committee. In 2010, Barbara was selected as one of 50 state legislators to participate in the “Emerging Political Leaders” program sponsored by the State Legislative Leaders Foundation at the University of Virginia. In 2012, the Virginia Chamber of Commerce awarded her their “Free Enterprise” award and she was selected as a speaker at the 2012 Republican National Convention where she was highlighted as a rising leader.
Barbara Comstock is a 30 year resident of McLean, Virginia, where she and her husband, Chip, an assistant principal at Oakton High School, have raised their three children, Danny, Peter, and Caity.