In the 6th Congressional District, there isn’t much interest in next Tuesday’s Republican primary, according to political reporter Bob Stuart. That is in agreement with the general public that I’ve encountered including my neighbor who saw precinct yard signs on my front porch and wondered what was going on. When I informed her there is a primary next week, she was unaware that the polls would be open for voting.
In the News-Virginian, Stuart wrote:
Next Tuesday’s 6th District Primary pits the 12-term incumbent Goodlatte against private pilot and Air Force veteran Harry Griego. Griego’s campaign has been a low-key one — so low key, in fact, that it hasn’t included stops in the area or even billboard or yard signs.
Signs of a Goodlatte campaign have been visible with a TV ad that has been running on WHSV TV-3, mailers, and large campaign signs in the area, a testament to the war chest of a long-time congressman who has been in office since 1992. As far as Griego’s campaign, I’ve not seen any campaign signs for him in this area.
Stuart talked with registrars in Shenandoah County, Augusta County, and Staunton, and all were in agreement that this year is like most as far as lack of interest. Most pundits, he noted, “believe the incumbent is likely to roll to an easy victory on Tuesday.”
The winner Tuesday will face Democratic opponent Kai Degner who was nominated by his party during a telephone call after the previous challenger Tom Howarth dropped out for health reasons. Degner is well known in the Harrisonburg area as a current member of city council whose term runs through 2017, and former mayor.