Incumbent Republican Morgan Griffith cruised to an easy re-election win in Virginia’s 9th Congressional District, with includes Floyd along with 18 other full counties in Southwestern Virginia and parts of Alleghany and Roanoke Counties.
Griffith has 65.60 percent of the vote with 94.7 percent of precincts reported while Anthony Flaccavento just under 35 percent. Griffith also carried Floyd County easily.
Floyd voted for Corey Stewart for Senate but Tim Kaine is the declared winner with a 9.62 percent percentage over Stewart, who campaigned as being “Trump before Trump was Trump.”
In Congressional District 5, former network correspondent Leslie Cockburn lost to Republican Denver Riggleman in a nasty, expensive race and incumbent Ben Cline turned back a challenge by Democrat Jennifer Lewis in the 6th District.
In District 10, long considered strong Republican territory, Democrat Jennifer Wexton ousted GOP incumbent Barbara Comstock, giving Democrats their first win in a hoped-for march to control of the House.
In District 2, Democrat Elaine Luria is the declared winner, unseating GOP incumbent Scott Taylor by more than 4,000 votes (out of more than 250,000 cast) with 98.9 percent of the precincts reporting.
In District 7, Abigail Spanberger beat Republican Dave Brat in a very close race.
Virginia’s Congressional ended the midterm elections with three turnovers in favor of the Democrats which also captured control of the House of Representatives.
The Democratic victory, fueled by backlash against President Trump in urban and suburban areas, gives Democrats the power to investigate Trump’s businesses and block his legislative agenda.
The Senate, however, remains in Republican control with the GOP picking up seats in the process.