Charlottesville physician Cameron Webb surged ahead in a field of four candidates to win the Democrat nomination for Virginia’s 5th District in Virginia’s primary elections on Tuesday, June 23. Webb picked up two-thirds of the votes, according to data from the Virginia Department of Elections.
Webb’s 35,763 votes nearly doubled the other three candidates’ totals combined. Claire Russo finished a distant second with 9,790 votes, or 18.21%. R.D. Huffstetler, Jr. picked up 5,309 votes, 9.88%. John Lesinski brought up the rear with 2,885 votes, 5.37% of the total. Webb had 66.54%.
In the U.S. Senate primary, university professor Daniel Gade won the Republican nomination for a bid to unseat incumbent Democrat Mark Warner. Gade also earned two-thirds of the votes in his race. He finished with 204,544 votes, 67.47% of the total. He finished ahead of Lunenburg County history teacher Alissa Baldwin, who had 54,801 votes, 18.08%, and Army intelligence officer Thomas Speciale II, who had 43,807 votes, 14.45%.
Webb faces Republican Bob Good of Campbell County, who defeated incumbent Denver Riggleman in a hotly contested Republican district convention on June 13. Republicans have held the seat since 2010, when Robert Hurt defeated Tom Perriello.
Webb has earned medical and law degrees and works as a physician, a general internist, in Charlottesville. He also teaches and directs a program at UVA’s School of Medicine. He lives in Albemarle County.
Gade is a retired army colonel who lost his leg in combat in Iraq in 2004. He is a professor of political science, economics, and leadership, formerly at West Point and now at American University. He lives in Alexandria.
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