Republican Denver Riggleman has defeated Democrat Leslie Cockburn to keep a closely watched Virginia congressional seat in the hands of the GOP.
Riggleman, an Air Force veteran and distillery owner, announced his candidacy after incumbent Republican Tom Garrett announced he is an alcoholic and ended his re-election bid.
He narrowly won a closely divided nominating convention and was outspent in the race by Cockburn, a journalist and former “60 Minutes” producer.
He also overcame skepticism from cultural conservatives in his own party who disliked his acceptance of gay marriage and other variations from GOP orthodoxy on social issues.
The 5th District stretches from the outskirts of northern Virginia hunt country through Charlottesville down to southside Virginia and the North Carolina line.
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