UPDATE: 4/26/2014 6:45 p.m.:
RICHMOND, VA - Virginia House of Delegates Speaker William J. Howell (R-Stafford) issued the following statement Saturday on the results of the 10th Congressional District Republican Primary:
"Congratulations to Barbara Comstock and her entire team on a decisive victory. Capturing over 55 percent of the vote in any election is good, but it is remarkable to see such an overwhelming victory in a six-way race. Barbara ran a strong, positive campaign based on ideas and real solutions for the people of Virginia. I am confident that approach will propel her and the entire Republican Party to victory in November.
"Thank you to the 10th Congressional District Committee and all of the volunteers who organized and worked today's election. Volunteers and grassroots leaders are the heart and soul of our party and we could not win without them.
"Regardless of how one voted in today's nominating contest, it is important that all Republicans in the 10th District rally behind Barbara. As Republicans, we can have disagreements, but we can not let those disagreements distract us from electing good people who will make our Commonwealth and country a better place."
McLEAN, Va. (AP) -- Republicans in parts of northern Virginia are headed to the pools to select a nominee for the House seat held by retiring Congressman Frank Wolf.
Voters in Virginia's 10th Congressional District, which stretches from McLean through parts of Loudoun and Prince William counties and out to Winchester, are voting in a so-called "firehouse primary" at special polling sites Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The Republican Party, rather than the State Board of Elections, is conducting the balloting.
Barbara Comstock, a former Wolf staffer who now represents McLean in the House of Delegates, is the front-runner, but several candidates have positioned themselves as a more conservative alternative, including Delegate Bob Marshall.
The winner will face Democrat John Foust in a race that is expected to receive national attention.
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