Republicans to Vote in Primary Tuesday

By: Lisa Ferrari Email
By: Lisa Ferrari Email

June 11, 2007

Voters throughout the Commonwealth will head to the polls tomorrow for the Republican primary.

This race for the Republican nomination for the 24th district could be one of the pivotal ones. Republicans have said the contest between incumbent Senator Emmett Hanger and challenger Scott Sayre one of the closest races of all 16 races happening across the state.

Hanger is trying to hold on to the seat he has held for 12 years, but some GOPs say he's lost touch with the Republican party, while Sayre, a Rockbridge County businessman, is being seen as a more traditional Republican.

Local Republicans tell us this race could come down to a battle for the heart of the party.

“It’s a litmus test between the status quo and the good old boy system as represented by Emmett Hanger and true conservative values getting back to the roots of what made the Republican party great and what made Virginia great over the last 400 years,” said Chair of the Albemarle County Republicans Keith Drake.

The race could boil down to who shows up at the polls tomorrow. Hanger is reaching out to Democrats and Independents, and if they vote, it may tip the scales in Hanger’s favor. The lower the voter turnout, the better shot Sayre is being given to win this race.

The winner of the race will square off in November against two opponents, Democratic nominee David Cox and Libertarian Arin Sime.

Polls open at 6:00 Tuesday morning.

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