November 8, 2016 at 10:31 pm EDT | by Michael K. Lavers
Barbara Comstock re-elected in Va.

Virginia election, gay news, Washington Blade

From left, LuAnn Bennett and Rep. Barbara Comstock faced off in one of the country’s most competitive congressional races in this election cycle. (Photos courtesy Twitter)

Virginia Congresswoman Barbara Comstock has been re-elected to represent the state’s 10th congressional district.

Comstock defeated Democrat LuAnn Bennett by a 53-46 percent margin.

“Tonight’s (results are) not the one we were looking for,” Bennett told her supporters who gathered at the State Theatre in Falls Church to await the election results.

Voters in the 10th congressional district in 2014 elected Comstock to succeed then-Congressman Frank Wolf.

“No one could ever replace Frank Wolf, but Barbara Comstock has proven yet again to be quite the worthy successor,” said John Whitbeck, chair of the Republican Party of Virginia, in a statement.

Susan Swecker, chair of the Democratic Party of Virginia, applauded Bennett “for a truly hard-fought race.”

“LuAnn brought everything to the table: A penchant for public service, a strong business record, and pragmatic solutions to the problems that face Northern Virginia, I am confident that her role as a community leader won’t stop here,” said Swecker. “I know she will continue to fight for working families in whatever she pursues next.”

Comstock as a member of the Virginia House of Delegates voted in favor of a 2012 bill that allows private adoption and foster care agencies to reject prospective parents based on their religious or moral beliefs. She supported gay Richmond Circuit Court Judge Tracy Thorne-Begland’s nomination and voted for a 2013 bill that sought to strengthen schools’ anti-bullying policies.

McEachin elected to Congress

State Sen. A. Donald McEachin (D-Henrico County), who has introduced a number of pro-LGBT bills in the Virginia General Assembly, on Tuesday defeated Henrico County Sheriff Mike Wide in the 4th congressional district.

“I want to thank the voters for their confidence in me,” said McEachin in a statement. “I go to Washington to serve them — whether they supported me or not.”

Local Virginia Congressmen Don Beyer and Gerry Connolly easily won re-election.

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Virginia state Sen. A. Donald McEachin (D-Henrico County) on Nov. 8, 2016, won his bid to represent the state’s 4th congressional district in Congress. (Washington Blade photo by Michael K. Lavers)

Michael K. Lavers is the international news editor of the Washington Blade. Follow Michael

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