The 5th District Republican Party committee met over the weekend to nominate a replacement for incumbent Rep. Tom Garrett (R-Scottsville/Charlottesville) who is not seeking a second term. With a scant one-vote margin, the committee chose local businessman Denver Riggleman as the party nominee. He will face Democrat Leslie Cockburn in the general election. This will be a competitive campaign, but Mr. Riggleman will benefit from the district’s Republican voting history. As a measure, President Trump carried the seat 53-42%; Mitt Romney topped President Obama 52-46% in 2012; and John McCain scored a 52-47% win here in the first Obama election year.
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