Republicans in the 10th Congressional District selected McLean Del. Barbara Comstock as the party’s nominee in the race to replace U.S. Rep. Frank Wolf (R), who is retiring after more than 30 years in office.
She will face Democratic nominee John Foust, a member of the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors who is in his second four-year term. The Democrats originally planned to select the nominee with an April 26 convention, but Foust became the de facto nominee earlier, when other candidates seeking the nomination withdrew from the race.
Fellow Del. Bob Marshall placed second to Comstock in the Republican “firehouse primary” on Saturday. The party canvass included polling stations in 10 areas of the sprawling 10th District.
Marshall won the most votes in Prince William, Frederick and Clarke counties, as well as the cities of Manassas and Manassas Park. His delegate district is in Prince William County and Manassas.
However, he could not come close to the large number of votes Comstock pulled from her home base in the McLean area, with about 27 percent of her total votes coming just from the Langley polling location, at the heart of her delegate district. She also drew strong support from the Centreville area and eastern Loudoun County.
Comstock raked in 54 percent of the votes in the six-way race.
Marshall and the four other candidates seeking the nomination tried to portray themselves as more conservative than Comstock, with some directly attacking her positions during the race and even accusing her of lying about her record.
In a statement, House of Delegates Speaker William Howell urged his fellow party members to unite around Comstock.
“As Republicans, we can have disagreements, but we cannot let those disagreements distract us from electing good people who will make our Commonwealth and country a better place,” Howell said.
Foust released a statement Saturday congratulating Comstock, but then highlighted the divisive Republican nominating process.
“Today’s election is the culmination of a month’s long, bitter, and divisive race to the fringe. Comstock has proven she can appeal to her party’s most extreme partisans and that she is out of step with mainstream voters,” he said.