By David Hylton
Tuesday's primaries in the newly redrawn congressional districts in Virginia saw several newcomers winning, as well as its first major upset.
In the 4th District, which includes ports of Chesterfield and Henrico counties, as well as the cities of Hopewell, Petersburg and Richmond, Don McEachin won the Republican Primary and Mike Wade won the Democratic Primary.
McEachin, a state senator and Richmond attorney, and Wade, Henrico's longtime sheriff, will now face off in November's General Election.
"This is why we run for office," he told the Virginia Pilot. "It’s about who we are as Americans. There is so much hate being preached … the hate that Donald Trump is preaching whether it's towards Muslims, whether it's toward LGBT people, whether it's towards Mexicans or people of other national origins – it's not American. It’s not who we are."
"Thank you to everyone for your support," Wade posted on Facebook. "Together we will win in November and ensure we have experienced leadership in Washington that is dedicated to finding commonsense conservative solutions for the families of the 4th Congressional District."
U.S. Rep. Randy Forbes, who represents the state's 4th District currently, lost in a battle to Scott Taylor in the 2nd District.
"We had a vision for the United States Navy and for protecting religious freedom … apparently we couldn’t get enough voters in the 2nd District to embrace that vision," Forbes said to WAVY.
Taylor, a state House delegate and former Navy SEAL, says "we had a great great team and we had the right message."