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RPV Says Primary Is Off

Virginia Republican Party issues statement calling off firehouse primary

May 31, 2019 - 2:54 pm

Richmond, VA _   Following conflicting comments about whether it would take place, the Republican Party of Virginia issued a statement Friday afternoon, following repeated request for comment, stating that the farmhouse primary that had been scheduled to take place Saturday for the 97th House District nomination has been cancelled.   RPV issued the following statement:

"The following was passed by our Executive Committee last night: “the position of the RPV regarding the 97thHouse Legislative District nomination process is that the ruling of the 1stCongressional District Republican Committee of May 20, 2019 is in full  force and effect unless that ruling is appealed and the State Central Committee rules differently, and that all actions and statements by RPV Staff, the RPV website and the Chairman reflect this position” 

The contentious race for republican nominee pitt incumbent Delegate Chris Peace of New Kent against Hanover Supervisor and GOP challenger Scott Wyatt.  Wyatt claimed victory during what backers of Delegate Peace say was an invalid convention held in early May.  Wyatt, for his part, is appealing a last minute decision in early May to hold a primary instead of a convention and the 1st Congressional District Committee passed a motion Thursday evening upholding Wyatt's appeal of  the convention cancellation.   The vote was 7-4 with one member abstaining.

Information about the primary had been removed from the events section of the Republican Party of Virginia website Friday.