Earlier this week, a number of local Republican leaders got together to discuss the party’s nomination process for Virginia 24th senate district. And, perhaps surprisingly, they have decided upon a convention.
In previous contests, the incumbent was allowed to choose the nomination method, presumably picking which ever one favored him or her. As such, it was a primary in 2007. Nevertheless, challenger Scott Sayre from Rockbridge County gave Senator Hanger a good run for his money. But times are changing.
Given his higher levels of name identification, fundraising capacity, the fact that Emmett Hanger is viewed favorably by a number of Democrats, and that the two other candidates would likely split the anti-Hanger vote, smart money would dictate that a primary would result in a victory for the Senator. However, as most of these advantages are mitigated by a convention, this decision means that both Moxley and Pattie now have a greater chance of victory.
In my opinion, this could very well be the most exciting state senate race in 2015.