This piece for members is by David T.S. Jonas @ Politicalwire
Late Saturday evening, Rep. Denver Riggleman (R) of Virginia’s 5th district lost his renomination fight to “bright red Biblical” challenger Bob Good. Good captured 58% of the delegates in a low-turnout, drive-thru convention that was—rather conveniently—held at a church close to Good’s home. In a district of roughly 750,000 residents, fewer than 3,000 voters decided Riggleman’s fate.
Riggleman had been a reliable conservative vote in Congress, enjoying President Trump’s “total endorsement” and looked like a major favorite to get re-elected had he reached the general. But after officiating a wedding between two male staffers and advocating more libertarian positions on issues like immigration and drug legalization, Republican activists recruited Good to mount a bid to oust Riggleman. It worked.
Such upsets are relatively rare, so the impulse may be to dismiss this as a rounding error in terms of what this race tells us about the Republican Party. After all, following Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s (D) successful challenge to Joe Crowley in 2018, Democratic primary voters nationally saw fit to coalesce around and nominate Joe Biden in 2020. Riggleman is only the third Republican incumbent in Congress to outright lose renomination this cycle….