Challenger Steve Descano wins in Fairfax prosecutor primary

RICHMOND, Va. (FOX 5 DC) -- Challenger Steve Descano has scored an upset victory over incumbent Ray Morrogh in the Democratic primary for commonwealth's attorney in the state's largest jurisdiction.

Descano beat Morrogh in Tuesday's primary in Fairfax County, knocking off an incumbent who had served as a prosecutor there for more than 35 years. It was one of several northern Virginia races where veteran prosecutors faced tough challenges or opted not to seek reelection.

Descano sought to capitalize on a wave of support for criminal-justice reform. He received a huge boost from a political action committee funded by liberal billionaire George Soros that donated nearly $400,000 to his campaign.

He also received support from former Gov. Terry McAuliffe, who was upset that Morrogh opposed his effort to automatically restore the voting rights of convicted felons.