Republican primary neck and neck; Flaccavento to challenge Griffith in November on the Democratic side

Primary day in Virginia – on the Republican side at least – is turning into a real nail biter at this hour as Nick Freitas and Corey Stewart are neck and neck for the GOP’s nomination to oppose incumbent U.S. Senator Tim Kaine.

Wtih 2302 of 2569 precincts reporting, Freitas holds a slim 104-vote lead over Stewart.  Freitas has 115,843 votes to Stewart’s 115,739. That’s 44.05 percent of the vote compared to 44.01 percent.

E.W. Jackson is a distant third place with 30,902 votes (11.96 percent).

In the Democratic primary, Anthony Flaccavento is winning the right to run against incumbent U.S. Rep. Morgan Griffith in the Ninth District.

Flaccavento leads with 341 of 365 precincts counted by 78.82 percent of the vote over his opponent, Justin Santopietro’s 21.18 percent.

Locally in Pulaski County, Stewart carried the day on the GOP side with 407 votes to 253 for Freitas and 48 for Jackson.

Flaccavento easily won the Democratic primary in Pulaski County on a 415 to 84 vote.

In Radford, Flaccavento won 316 to 125.

On the GOP side in Radford, mirroring the statewide results, Stewart and Freitas ended up tied at 143 each, followed by Jackson at 29.