Competitive Fifth District Race Primary Held Tuesday

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The Fifth District is a large area in Virginia that runs from Charlottesville to Danville. It's a typically conservative area that is currently represented by Democrat Tom Perriello.

Most analysts have the race for the Fifth District House seat as one of the top five to ten races in the nation to watch this year.

Seven Republican candidates are vying for the nomination in Tuesday's primary to run against Democratic nominee and incumbent Tom Perriello.

They include state Sen. Robert Hurt, Laurence Verga from Charlottesville, Albermarle County Supervisor Ken Boyd, Mike McPadden from Charlottesville, Feta Morton a Fluvanna County teacher, Jim McKelvey from Franklin County and Ron Ferrin from Lynchburg.

Executive Director of the Virginia Republicans David Rexrode says, "I think it's a critical seat because the folks in the Fifth District want a representative who shares their values and will vote that way in Washington."

Currently, Hurt holds a lead in the polls, with a large number of voters still undecided.

Several other primary district elections are also happening around the state, in the Second, Eighth and 11th districts.