Andrews defeats trio to win GOP nomination in 10th District

WINCHESTER, Va. (AP) — Marine Corps veteran Aliscia Andrews will take on freshman Democrat Jennifer Wexton in Virginia’s 10th Congressional District after narrowly defeating three other candidates at the district’s nominating convention.

Andrews won on the final ballot Saturday at the party’s drive-thru nominating convention Saturday at Shenandoah University in Winchester.

Because large gatherings remain prohibited due to the coronavirus, the party convention was modified to allow for drive-thru voting and ranked-choice balloting. The change benefited Andrews, who was in third place after the first ballot. In the final round, Andrews defeated another Marine Corps veteran, Rob Jones, who had led in the first two rounds, with nearly 58 percent of the vote. according to unofficial results provided by the Andrews campaign.

Andrews now faces Wexton, who ended 40 years of GOP control of the district in 2018 by defeating Barbara Comstock. Wexton begins the race as a significant favorite.

The district stretches from the wealthy northern Virginia suburbs of McLean out west to Winchester.

The convention also selected Ginni Thomas, wife of Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, as one of its delegates to the Republican National Convention.

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