Cao Wins 10th District Republican Primary

Retired Navy captain and Purcellville resident Hung Cao on Saturday won the Republican Party nod to run against Rep. Jennifer Wexton (D-VA-10) for the 10th Congressional District seat in November.

Cao won by an 18-point margin on a ranked-choice distributed caucus ballot from among 11 candidates. The victory came in the ninth round of balloting, when he achieved 52.8% of the 15,174 votes cast. Prince William County Supervisor Jeanine Lawson finished second followed by Brandon Michon.

“I’m honored to have earned the Republican nomination. Last year, Virginians sent a clear message when they elected Governor Youngkin to lead our state in Richmond, and now, we are ready to send another message by electing a common-sense conservative outsider to represent this district in Washington,” Cao stated. “The Biden-Wexton agenda has failed our district in more ways than one, and it’s time we hold them accountable for the record crime rates, out-of-control inflation, botched foreign policy, and indoctrination of our children in the classroom.” 

Cao is a combat veteran of Iraq, Afghanistan and Somalia, and as a child his family fled Vietnam as refugees.

“I’ve spent my career in public service working to improve the lives of the children and families in our community, and I am excited to continue sharing my record of bipartisan success delivering for my constituents throughout this reelection campaign,” Wexton stated after the primary. “I’ve fought hard during my time in Congress to help families and small businesses weather the COVID crisis, enact legislation to create good-paying jobs by rebuilding our infrastructure, deliver key federal investments for our district through my role on the Appropriations Committee, author bills to support victims of abuse and domestic violence, and hold the Chinese government accountable for their human rights atrocities.”

The next election will be the first in the new 10th district, redrawn after the 2020 Census. Instead of reaching east and west, the district now reaches from Loudoun south through Fauquier and Rappahannock counties, Manassas, Manassas Park, much of Prince William County and a part of southwestern Fairfax County.

Voters line up at Loudoun Valley High School on Saturday morning for the Republican 10th Congressional District primary.

20 thoughts on “Cao Wins 10th District Republican Primary

  • 2022-05-22 at 6:41 pm

    Hung Cao might be a very nice person. But in my opinion, he can’t hold a candle to Rep. Jennifer Wexton. He’s too far-right for my cup of tea. I read somewhere he doesn’t think solar panels can be effective in the winter. I remain confident Loudoun Blue shall prevail in November. Love always wins over hate. Happy Harvey Milk Day Loudoun!

    • 2022-05-23 at 3:13 pm

      If the person is an inch to the right of Joseph Stalin or Chairman Mao, that person is too far right for you.

    • 2022-05-23 at 8:58 pm

      The bigger problem with solar panels isn’t that they’re less efficient in the winter, it’s how destructive they are to the environment. Solar panels generate 300 times more toxic waste per unit of energy than nuclear power plants. They also contain lead, cadmium, and other toxic chemicals that cannot be removed without breaking apart the entire panel.

      I find it disturbing that you are extolling a man (Harvey Milk) who preyed upon teenage boys.

      A far better role model is Hung Cao, who devoted 25 years of his life to defending our nation, including a stint as an Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) Officer. You want to talk about “love always wins over hate” — well, there’s no greater love than risking your life as a public servant in our military. He deserves our gratitude — and our votes on November 8th.

    • 2022-05-23 at 9:04 pm

      Such an uninformed and divisive comment. You realize if the sun isn’t shining, a solar panel doesn’t work, right? And that in the winter we get 9-10 hours of sun vs. 13-14 in the summer? And the sun angle is lower in the winter which lowers the effectiveness of the panel? The cooler temps help some, but they can’t offset the sun being “turned off” for 4 hours. As for you evil accusation of “hate” … what evidence do you have? Contrary to liberal opinion, disagreeing with liberals does not equal “hate.” Political debate is a great thing — if you are using facts and not just saying things to attack and divide people.

    • 2022-05-25 at 12:47 am

      Rep. Wexton, represents Pelosi more than the people of the 10th District. In her infinite wisdom she voted for three sham impeachments of President Trump, three failed coup attempts, sponsored in large part by Hillary Clinton. She has done nothing for the people in her District. While she gets all the perks of her office, future generations, perhaps your children or grandchildren, those of your neighbors will suffer, if Biden’s Build Back Better program reigns supreme, if Democrats rule all three branches of what is left of a very corrupt government.
      Love? Really? Why do you hate your own freedoms and liberty, the freedoms and liberty of your own children and grandchildren? Biden is not fit to be President; Wexton is not fit to be a Representative. Always voting for Democrats and expecting change is the classic definition of inanity.
      Just look at the changes for the worse since Biden took over, Asia and China and North Korea are making threats; that did not happen under Trump. Fuel costs are ever increasing; that did not happen under Trump (this increase is not because of the war Biden help start in the Ukraine.) Speaking of war in the Ukraine – that happened under Biden not Trump.
      Why hasn’t Wexton voiced her concerns of Biden? Biden and His son (per Hunter’s laptop) made millions in China and in the Ukraine. Why not one iota of concern from Wexton? Biden should be impeached! Wexton is Pelosi’s puppet.
      Love? How about a little love for truth and your own country? I say never vote for a Democrat again. Never, Never. Never!

  • 2022-05-22 at 8:02 pm

    It would be nice if Ms. Wexton would account for the monies allocated in each of the COVID relief bills to explain exactly where every dollar was spent. It would be nice if Ms. Wexton would explain how any of the stuff she has supported helped prevent the current situation we are now in… a situation that, due to high inflation and high gas prices, unduly impacts the middle class and the poor. She is directly responsible for all of this… because she could have required that all relief bill monies be allocated to the US only, and that a full audit be done of what was already allocated rather than simply pass another bill.

    Ms. Wexton has a record of harming VA-10 and going along with the leftists. She is their lapdog and represents them to VA-10 rather than representing VA-10 on Capitol Hill. She does not deserve reelection.

    • 2022-05-24 at 12:26 am

      Ok, let’s take the two substantive issues you raised. High inflation – I’m sure you’re aware that the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserves, which consists of the appointees of both Democratic and Republican presidents, have determined that the long period of close to zero percent overnight lending to the largest financial institutions has to end, and thus have raised the ‘prime’ lending rate, and will continue to do so, in order to remove the excessive monetary supply which is the lead cause of inflation. Wexton has nothing to do with this. Second – gas prices – it is amazing that when the gas prices rise the political leaders of the party in power get blamed, as if they were sitting there telling the world oil markets to constrict supply. The simple fact is that the world, led by the US, has decided to punish Russia for attempting to crush Ukraine, which has resulted in a reduction in world oil supply and thus an increase in prices. I’m going to guess that both Wexton and Cao (unless Cao is a Trumpster in Vietnamese clothing) would both support constricting Russia’s access to the world oil markets. As for ‘accounting for the monies allocated in each of the COVID relief bills’ – I’m sure you can find online at the Congressional Budget Office and read the final legislation signed into law relative to COVId relief funds to see how those funds were allocated if you bothered to check. In other words, it’s already documented

      • 2022-05-24 at 2:15 pm

        Wow. You really do not pay attention. FOUR “relief” bills were passed. The money from the first one still has not been used up… yet we “needed more relief.” Much of the monies allocated in those bills was not used in the US, but rather sent to all kinds of places including several foreign countries. Jennifer Wexton voted in favor of all of them. She absolutely is responsible for putting us in this situation. Jennifer Wexton… bad for Virginia, bad for the US.

    • 2022-05-24 at 6:22 am

      This is the latest MAGA Republican craze. Select a seemingly ‘nice guy’ to serve as a poster child and cover the MAGA hate for Democracy itself. As our member of Congress, Jennifer Wexton serves our district well and equitably. Re-elect Jennifer Wexton to Congress.
      This former police officer in two states and retired military officer cannot understand how a fellow officer can forget their oath and vote MAGA Republican or run for office under their flag

  • 2022-05-23 at 4:45 am

    Talk about the Right Stuff if your kids grow up to be like Hung Cao the world will be better for it! This is an awesome man.

  • 2022-05-23 at 8:20 am

    First, let me say I am impressed with your background, professional success and policy positions. My contribution is to draw attention to a few items I did not find spelled out on your home page:

    1. In terms of fairness of federal taxes please consider how unfair it is for Congress to continue to protect the ultra wealthy with trusts and foundations which serve more to protect assets than to serve any charitable purpose. (Clinton, Hughes and Gates as examples)

    2. In terms of economic accountability please consider that under Article 1 – Section 8 Congress is responsible for a stable currency so just blaming the Federal Reserve for over pumping the money supply over the last few years serves no purpose. BOTH parties have done this and the approved term is “FULL” employment not maximum employment!

    3. Northern Virginia has an interstate commerce problem which our current Congresswoman has chosen to ignore. Please at least consider putting a meeting together with federal transport folks and MD plus VA to do some long term planning on the Point of Rocks bridge expansion or other methods to relieve Route 15 oof choking traffic levels.

    4. National hazardous waste storage was stopped by the Obama Administration at the request of Senator Reid when Yucca Mountain facility was shut down. This is forcing all nukes to store highly dangerous waste onsite which by definition means all our urban areas are subject to extremely negative events if this is not resolved. Our federal representatives have NEVER even attempted to address this.

    5. Dulles Airport was transferred to the federal government decades ago for national security reasons yet the highly profitable parking lots run by MWAA pay no property taxes to Loudoun to support our schools as a result. Please consider studying the transfer of the parking areas back to Virginia so they can pay their fair share.

    6. The “One China” policy is becoming a dangerous issue which looks to be more serious during the next Congressional term. The current White House is not communicating the issue accurately in my experience having completed commercial projects in the past with China. Why would mainland China “invade” Taiwan when it is already part of China? That is a false narrative as the asset rich elements of Taiwan are prized and in no way similar to how Russia viewed Ukraine. Our federal representatives made some small noises about China mistreatment of its citizens yet took no discernible action to rectify such violations. Talk is cheap but the lack of veracity in international terms is a sign of weakness in my opinion and weakens America.

    Best wishes on your efforts to support what I believe is a great area to live! 🙂

  • 2022-05-23 at 9:21 am

    Maybe if you want to capture GOP voters you have to trot out the “indoctrination in our classrooms” nonsense (if you want to see who’s all about indoctrination, you need look no further than the party that tells you what you can and can not read), but it’s good to see that the true nuts in the primary tree weren’t selected. Good luck Cao and let’s have a good, clean, issues-oriented race. That would be good for the district and help whoever ends up winning.

    • 2022-05-23 at 4:14 pm

      LoveLoudoun: Wanting sexually-graphic books off of classroom shelves does not equal censorship. YouTube literally took down a video of a Fairfax County mom reading parts of books that are on LCPS shelves because it VIOLATED their decency standards. If you want to buy books like that for your kids, go for it. But do NOT use our tax dollars to put them on LCPS shelves. Do not talk to elementary children about gender. Do not talk to middle schoolers about sex acts. THAT is indoctrination. Parents are sick of it. And I think you’re going to see just how sick of it they are on November 8th.

      • 2022-05-24 at 3:38 pm

        Yes, it is censorship. YouTube is a private company and can set its ideas of decency. The banning of books, however, has had the opposite effect in that prior few children read the books, and now copies are read or reviewed by the vast majority of students. If you don’t think elementary and middle school students are curious about sex and gender I do question if you are a parent and, if you are, why don’t you talk to them. There most certainly should be standards but extremists of any kind should not determine those standards

        • 2022-05-25 at 4:48 pm

          Hal, so because middle schoolers are “curious about sex” we have to indulge them with books that describe oral sex, adult/child sex, and gender confusion? No, that’s indoctrination. My solution is neutral — we have plenty of books to choose from in our school libraries. But if a kid is looking for something that would be rated R if it were made into a movie (and hence something they couldn’t even watch), they’re going to have to find them in public libraries. OR their parents can buy them for them. Why are you and others so hell-bent on pushing sexually-graphic books on our children? And yes, we talk about sensitive subjects with our kids at home. They’re not in a bubble — good grief, how can they be in this day and age?

  • 2022-05-23 at 9:52 am

    Wexton has done none of the things she claims in this article. She doesn’t work for the 10th district. She works for the current Speaker of the House, and votes when and how she’s told by her radical party bosses.

    Time for real change.

  • 2022-05-23 at 10:23 am

    Wexton is going down this year. Good, she is a worthless party hack who has done nothing of value for the 10th or our country in general.

  • 2022-05-23 at 12:54 pm

    Wexton voted for and supports higher taxes, massive inflation, baby formula shortage, open border, leaving 85 billion in military assets in the disgraceful withdrawal from Afghanistan, high gas prices, perverse and declining educational system, and the green new deal wars in Ukraine, and soon elsewhere….I;ll stick with Hung Cao who is smart, educated, and will represent americans.

  • 2022-05-23 at 9:59 pm

    The posts in this thread are what is wrong with politics today. Several point out the failures of Wexton and others point out the failures of the GOP. Perhaps we can talk about what Wexton has accomplished to make Loudoun a better community and what plans to do to make Loudoun a better community.

    I get tired of the vote for me because the other guy sucks campaign.

  • 2022-05-24 at 9:31 am

    Jennifer Wexton’s voting record is 100.00% in alignment with Nancy Pelosi’s.

    Nancy Pelosi represents California’s 12th District, which is entirely within the city of San Francisco.
    Jennifer Wexton represents Virginia’s 10th District… which is a far-outside-the-beltway, suburban and (now) largely rural district.

    I don’t think that any reasonable, rational, sane person would think that the constituents of VA-10 and CA-12 have much in common, other than the fact they they both are currently represented by radical Lefties. And both need to go.

    Jennifer Wexton doesn’t represent the people of Virginia, she’s simply Nancy Pelosi’s puppy dog who does as she’s told.

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