Virginia's 10th Congressional District Republican Committee will hold a firehouse primary April 26 to select its nominee in the race to succeed 34-year incumbent Frank Wolf in the 2014 election.
Thus far, state Del. Barbara Comstock (R-34th) is the front-runner for the nomination. A well-established conservative voice, Del. Comstock served as an adviser to Mitt Romney's presidential bid and is a former legislative staffer for Mr. Wolf.
Ms. Comstock's path to the nomination appears a bit smoother following Wednesday's news that state Sen. Dick Black (R-13th) won't seek the GOP nomination in the 10th District. Mr. Black previously said he would run to replace Mr. Wolf, but, following the Democrats victory in Tuesday's special senate election, the Loudoun County senator said it's imperative he remain in the General Assembly to hold an evenly-split Virginia Senate.
Below is the official release from 10th Congressional District Republican Committee Chairman John Whitbeck on the decision to hold a firehouse primary:
The Virginia 10th District Republican Committee has formally adopted a motion this evening calling for a party-run nominating process often called a “Party Canvass” to be held on Saturday, April 26, 2014 as the method to nominate the Republican candidate for the 10th Congressional Seat.
“It is critical that Republicans are united as quickly as possible and focused on the November 4th General Election,” said Chairman John Whitbeck. “There was significant discussion regarding a state-run primary, but doing an earlier process before the Democrats gives our candidate a significant advantage in terms of fundraising and organizing for the General Election. A state-run primary also would be a much larger drain on the nominee’s resources. These are some of the issues that led the Committee in this direction.”
A Party Canvass will have multiple locations through out the 10th District, which consists of portions of Fairfax and Prince William County and the entirety of Loudoun, Clarke, and Frederick Counties. The Cities of Manassas, Manassas Park and Winchester are also in the District. The Committee is committed to having as open and available a process as possible.
“The Committee was thorough in our consideration and is strongly united in our assessment that the Party Canvass is the method that is most sound, inclusive and expedient for our candidates,” Whitbeck concluded. “The key is to hold a nominating process that will produce a candidate with the best chance to hold this Congressional seat. A Party Canvass clearly does that.”