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Virginia Primary Election 2018 Explained | All you need to know

To oppose 9th District incumbent U.S. Rep. Morgan Griffith, Democratic voters will select a candidate while GOP voters choose a challenger for U.S. Sen. Tim Kaine in today’s twin Virginia primary elections.

Across the state, Polls open at 6 a.m. and remain open until 7 p.m. All four normal voting precincts will be open in the city of Bristol but some counties may have changes. If the Voters have questions about where to vote, they are recommended to visit www.elections.virginia.gov or contact the local registrar , according to city General Registrar Penny Limburg.

“We often don’t see as much interest in a primary election as we do general elections. Based on absentee turnout, I am guessing a 2 percent to 3 percent turnout,” Limburg said.

As Virginia allows voting only in one primary, the voters will be asked which party primary they wish to participate in.

Griffith, R-Salem, won’t appear on the ballot as he is unopposed on the Republican side. Anthony J. Flaccavento, of Abingdon, and Justin D. Santopietro, from Montgomery County are the two challengers that appear on the Democratic ballot.

Anthony J. Flaccavento, of Abingdon

Previously Griffith was challenged in 2012 by Flaccavento who is a farmer and business owner.

Flaccavento has raised nearly $230,000 for his campaign.

Justin D. Santopietro, from Montgomery County

Santopietro, 26, previously worked as regulatory policy analyst at the Credit Union National Association.

Santopietro has raised nearly $7,900 for his campaign.

Griffith has raised more than $630,000 while independent candidate Scott Blankenship reports no fundraising, according to campaign finance reports.

Democrat U.S. Sen. Tim Kaine has a strong foot and remains unwavered in the primary and awaits the outcome of today’s Republican primary between Corey A. Stewart, a 49-year-old attorney and Prince William County board chairman, state Del. Nick J. Freitas, 38, a security consultant from Culpeper County, and E.W. Jackson, a 66-year-old minister from Chesapeake.

Kaine has collected about $17 million. on the other hand, Stewart has raised more than $840,000 compared to about $500,000 for Freitas and $286,000 for Jackson, as per the finance reports.

When going for voting, the voters should carry their credentials along like Virginia driver’s license, passport or other type of federal or state ID or any other form of acceptable photo identification document. Residents may have a photo ID made free of charge at the local registrar’s office if they do not have one.

A complete list of acceptable IDs can be found at elections.virginia.gov.

The Weather Report

The weather is estimated to be pleasant which is yet another reason why voters should go voting. The maximum temperature is expected to be around 82 degrees in the afternoon with a 30 percent chance of irregular thunderstorms. In the early evening hours, the chance of rain increases to about 50 percent.

Virginia Primary Election 2018 Candidates

Tuesday is the Primary Election Day and two candidates are standing for your vote in the Democratic nomination from the 9th District.

The winner of the election will face Rep. Morgan Griffith in November.

Let’s know some more details about the candidates-:

Anthony J. Flaccavento 

Anthony J. Flaccavento is a Southwest Virginia native and a farmer and an entrepreneur. He currently lives on the outskirts of Abingdon on old tobacco that he and his wife, Laurel converted to an organic vegetable farm. 

Here are the key issues Flaccavento stands on:

  • HEALTHCARE – Flaccavento believes that Medicaid expansion is a crucial part so that the working poor, young people and elderly people in nursing homes receive quality care services.
  • EDUCATION – Flaccavento wants to reduce the student debt drastically by providing a combination of increased public and private grants, options for repayment through community service and reigning in of for-profit colleges. He also believes that community college should be free.

For more information, you can visit Flaccavento’s websiteFacebook, and Twitter.

Justin D. Santopietro

Justin D. Santopietro is a Southwest Virginia native who works in financial services. He was hired as a Regulatory Policy Analyst at the Credit Union National Association and while being their youngest employee he was later promoted.

Here are the key issues Santopietro stands on:

  • TAX FAIRNESS – Santopierto believes in drastic reduction of the tax burden on work, employment, and production, while drifting it towards social ills. He has properly planned to lower tax rates and make the tax system easier to understand.
  • GUN RIGHTS – To make sure that the guns don’t fall in the wrong hands, Santopierto believes in improving the existing background check system and aims at its proper regulation.

For more information, you can visit Santopietro’s websiteFacebook, and Twitter.