June 12, 2018 at 9:58 pm EDT | by Michael K. Lavers
E.W. Jackson loses Va. Republican US Senate primary

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E.W. Jackson on June 12, 2018, lost the Virginia Republican U.S. Senate primary. (Photo public domain)

A Virginia minister who once compared gay men to pedophiles has lost his bid for U.S. Senate.

E.W. Jackson on Tuesday lost to Prince William County Board of Supervisors Chair Corey Stewart and state Del. Nick Freitas (R-Culpeper) in the Republican primary.

Stewart, who once chaired Trump’s campaign in Virginia, won with 45 percent of the vote. Freitas finished second with 43 percent of the vote, while Jackson finished third with 12 percent. Stewart will face off against U.S. Sen. Tim Kaine (D-Va.) in November.

Jackson, who founded Exodus Faith Ministries in Chesapeake, ran for lieutenant governor in 2013. Current Gov. Ralph Northam defeated him by a 55-45 percent margin.

LGBT activists and their supporters repeatedly criticized Jackson during the campaign, noting he once said gay men are “very sick people” and described them as pedophiles.
“I’m a person who respects every individual,” Jackson told then-News Channel 8 talk show host Bruce DePuyt during an interview that aired less than a week before losing to Northam.

The Republican Party of Virginia on Tuesday congratulated Stewart for winning the primary.

“Stewart will represent the Republican Party on the ballot this November in the U.S. Senate election,” it said in a statement. “It was a hard fought primary, and any one of the three Republican candidates would be miles better than Tim Kaine. The GOP ticket is set for November, and the RPV plans to finish strong and retire Tim Kaine once and for all.”

Wexton to face Comstock in November

State Sen. Jennifer Wexton (D-Loudoun County) on Tuesday won the Democratic primary in the state’s 10th congressional district. The Loudoun County Democrat will face off against Congresswoman Barbara Comstock in November.

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

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