The Loudoun County Republican Committee’s annual Jamboree fundraiser in Purcellville on Saturday night drummed up spirited debate over the candidates they want to see on the ballot in November.
A highlight of the event, attended by more than 350 people at the Bush Tabernacle, was a straw poll for those seeking the party’s nomination in the races for U.S. Senate and the 10th District seat in the House of Representatives.
Two-term incumbent Barbara Comstock won the vote for the 10th District race, but she wasn’t the overwhelming choice. Challenger Shak Hill, campaigning as a more conservative voice, made it close. Comstock got 192 votes and Hill 152.
In the Senate race, state Del. Nick Freitas (R-30), of Culpeper, was the favorite to challenge incumbent Democrat Tim Kaine, getting 179 votes. Prince William County Chairman Corey Stewart came in second with 103 votes and E. W. Jackson, who also sought the nomination in 2012 and who ran for lieutenant governor in 2013, got 42 votes.