HAMPTON ROADS, Va. - The Associated Press has projected State Sen. Jen Kiggans as the winner of the Republican primaryfor Virginia's second congressional district.
The second district includes Virginia Beach, southern Chesapeake, the Eastern Shore and more western parts of our viewing area.
Kiggans bested three other Republicans who were on the ballot: Jarome Bell, Andy Baan and Tommy Altman.
As of 8 p.m., the Virginia State Board of Elections' website is reporting that Kiggans won with more than 55% of the vote, with 114 of 236 precincts reporting. Bell came in second with more than 27% of the vote.
Kiggans released the following statement after her projected victory:
THANK YOU!!! I am honored and humbled to be the Republican Nominee in #VA02 this November!
I promise to work hard to earn each and every vote in November. But Virginian’s are fired up and ready to get our country back on track! And I know I have what it takes to beat Elaine Luria and deliver the results Hampton Roads taxpayers deserve.
To all of my incredible staff, volunteers, my amazing family, and every single voter who I met on the campaign trail and came out to vote for me today.
This is our chance to retake control of our country. It’s time to restore American strength in our economy, at our borders, and on the world stage. Now let’s get to work!!
She will face incumbent Rep. Elaine Luria, a Democrat, in November's election.
Election experts predict the race could be a toss-up. The district was redrawn during redistricting, which has made the district more red, but is still expected to be competitive in the fall.
Voters told News 3 issues like gas prices and the economy were on their minds as they cast their ballots.
There was also a primary in the third congressional district, which includes Norfolk, Portsmouth and the Peninsula. AP projected Terry Namkung as the winner of that race, beating Ted Engquist, who was the only other person on the ballot.
Namkung will challenge incumbent Democratic Rep. Bobby Scott in the fall.