Va. voters go to polls in 3 US House districts

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — U.S. House Majority Leader Eric Cantor faces a challenge from a political newcomer backed by the tea party as Virginia voters go to the polls for three congressional primaries.

Polls are open until 7 p.m. Tuesday.

Cantor faces Dave Brat, an economics professor who claims the 7th District incumbent has lost touch with his constituents. Cantor has outspent Brat by at least 5-to-1 and has branded the political newcomer as too liberal for Virginia.

Former Lt. Gov. Don Beyer is among the candidates hoping to succeed fellow Democrat Jim Moran, who’s not seeking another term in northern Virginia’s 8th District.

In eastern Virginia’s 1st District, Rep. Rob Wittman is being challenged by National Right to Work Legal Defense Foundation spokesman Anthony Riedel.

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