The Latest: Virginia Primary Election

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — The Latest on the primary contests taking place in three congressional districts in Virginia (all times local):

(VIEW VIRGINIA PRIMARY ELECTION RESULTS)

8:25 p.m.

Henrico County Sheriff Mike Wade has won the Republican primary in the 4th Congressional District, which runs from Richmond to Chesapeake.

Wade defeated Chesterfield County resident Jackee Gonzalez on Tuesday 65 percent to 35 percent, with 83 percent of precincts reporting.

The victory paves the way for Wade to compete for the seat of the newly redrawn district that many view as a golden opportunity for a Democratic pick up. The incumbent, Republican Rep. Randy Forbes, opted to run in the 2nd Congressional District this year.

Tuesday was the first election in Virginia since a panel of federal judges ordered the state to impose a new redistricting plan crafted by a court-appointed expert.

The biggest change to the new maps was to make the 4th District much friendlier to Democrats by significantly increasing the number of African-American voters.

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8:15 p.m.

State House Del. Monty Mason has won the Democratic primary to the state Senate district left vacant by the unexpected death of Sen. John Miller earlier this year.

Mason defeated Newport News School Board Member Shelly Simonds 57 percent to 43 percent, with 94 percent of precincts reporting.

Mason is an executive at Visa and served as chairman of the Williamsburg Economic Development Authority.

Miller died in April of an apparent heart attack. The 68-year-old Democrat was a former journalist who worked at WVEC television station. Miller also worked as an aide to former U.S. Sen. Paul Trible and at Christopher Newport University.

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8 p.m.

U.S. Rep. Randy Forbes is the first casualty of a newly redrawn Virginia congressional map.

Forbes lost a sharp-elbowed primary against Scott Taylor, a state House delegate and former Navy SEAL, in Virginia's defense-heavy Hampton Roads area.

The race was marked by its negative tone, with Taylor accusing Forbes of acting "cowardly" and "abandoning" his former constituents. At issue: Forbes' decision to run in the 2nd, rather than the 4th Congressional District he's represented for 15 years. Forbes made the move after a federal panel of judges ordered Virginia's congressional map to be redrawn, making his district far less friendly to Republicans.

Taylor was vastly outspent by Forbes, who played up his seniority on House budget matters, particularly on defense spending.

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7:50 p.m.

State Sen. A. Donald McEachin has won the Democratic primary against Chesapeake City Council member Ella Ward in the Democratic primary in the 4th Congressional District.

McEachin defeated Ward by 77 percent to 23 percent, with 56 percent of precincts reporting.

The victory paves the way for McEachin to compete for the newly redrawn district that many view as a golden opportunity for a Democratic pick up. The incumbent, Republican Rep. Randy Forbes, opted to run in the neighboring 2nd Congressional District this year.

Tuesday was the first election in Virginia since a panel of federal judges ordered the state to impose a new redistricting plan crafted by a court-appointed expert.

The biggest change to the new maps was to make the 4th District much friendlier to Democrats by significantly increasing the number of African-American voters.

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7:20 p.m.

Longtime incumbent Rep. Bob Goodlatte has won the 6th Congressional District GOP primary.

Goodlatte defeated tea party favorite Harry Griego Tuesday by 80 percent to 20 percent, with 11 percent of the precincts reporting.

Goodlatte is the head of the powerful House Judiciary Committee, and enjoyed a large lead in campaign money over his opponent. The 12-time incumbent focused his campaign on his work on Congress, particularly his support for a balanced federal budget and the 2nd amendment.

Griego, an Air Force veteran, tried to paint Goodlatte as part of the Washington establishment who was out of touch with the district.

The 6th District stretches from the northern Shenandoah Valley to Roanoke.

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7 p.m.

Polls have closed in a handful of Virginia Congressional primaries.

The most closely watched race on Tuesday is among Republicans in the 2nd District, which includes much of the Hampton Roads area. Rep. Randy Forbes is facing off against former Navy SEAL and state lawmaker Scott Taylor and attorney Pat Cardwell.

Forbes currently represents the 4th District, but that district was redrawn on orders from a panel of federal judges. His decision to leave and run in the more GOP-friendly 2nd District has been the focus of attacks by Taylor.

Voter turnout is expected to be low throughout the state. The state elections board should start posting results in the coming hours.

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10:45 a.m.

Voters in the newly drawn 4th Congressional District are trickling into the polls to cast their ballots in the primary election.

Elizabeth Whitehurst, a 57-year-old writer, voted Tuesday in Richmond's Church Hill neighborhood for Democrat Donald McEachin. She said the state senator is a unifier who has the energy to make the changes that the district needs.

McEachin is facing off against Chesapeake City Council member Ella Ward in the Democratic contest.

Ruppert Beirne, 50-year-old attorney, cast his ballot Tuesday in the Museum District neighborhood for Republican Mike Wade. Beirne said he thinks the Henrico County sheriff is the right person for the job, but said he could have a tough time in the general election.

Beirne says "Republicans face a bit of a challenge" because of the way the district has been redrawn.

Wade is up against Chesterfield County resident Jackee Gonzalez on the Republican side.

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5 a.m.

Virginia voters are getting a chance to cast ballots in a handful of Congressional primaries.

The most closely watched race on Tuesday is among Republicans in the 2nd District, which includes much of the Hampton Roads area. Rep. Randy Forbes is facing off against former Navy SEAL and state lawmaker Scott Taylor and attorney Pat Cardwell.

Forbes currently represents the 4th District, but that district was redrawn on orders from a panel of federal judges. His decision to leave and run in the more GOP-friendly 2nd District has been the focus of attacks by Taylor.

Both parties are having primaries in the 4th District, which stretches from Chesapeake to Richmond.

In the 6th District, longtime incumbent Rep. Bob Goodlatte is facing tea party favorite Harry Griego in a Republican primary.

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