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By Mae Slater on
 June 20, 2024

Trump And McCarthy Target Top Conservative In Close GOP Primary

Rep. Bob Good is fighting for his political life in Virginia's 5th Congressional District as he trails primary challenger state Sen. John McGuire by a narrow margin, with votes still being counted.

Fox News reported that the tight race is marked by high stakes and significant political endorsements, including those from former President Trump and former House Speaker Kevin McCarthy.

Rep. Bob Good is currently facing a tight primary challenge from state Sen. John McGuire. As of 12 a.m. Wednesday morning, Good trailed McGuire by 327 votes according to unofficial returns.

The close race is under intense scrutiny, with Virginia's Juneteenth holiday possibly delaying vote tabulation until Thursday.

The current vote margin is less than one percent, which qualifies for a recount under Virginia law. This adds another layer of uncertainty to the already tense contest. If defeated, Good would become the first House incumbent to be ousted by a primary challenger in this election cycle.

Conservatives at Odds in High-Stakes Battle

The primary battle has pitted conservatives against conservatives and highlighted a split between Trump and his former allies. State Sen. John McGuire, in a speech in Lynchburg, Virginia, prematurely declared victory, stating, "We need leaders that know how to put petty differences aside and bring people together for a better future."

Despite McGuire's early declaration, Good remained cautious, emphasizing the ongoing vote count. "We’re still waiting on the final election results," Good said, adding, "This race remains too close to call."

The high stakes of the primary race attracted significant financial investment, with a whopping $14 million spent on the contest. Much of this funding targeted the incumbent, Good, as he sought to defend his seat.

Good, who is running for a third term in Congress, chairs the hard-right House Freedom Caucus. His campaign saw support from notable conservatives, including Reps. Matt Gaetz and Byron Donalds of Florida, both staunch Trump backers. Additionally, Reps. Chip Roy of Texas and Andy Biggs of Arizona, fellow House Freedom Caucus members, joined Good for a rally in Virginia.

Former President Trump endorsed McGuire, influenced by Good’s previous support for Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis. Trump's endorsement was a significant factor in the race, illustrating the former president's enduring influence within the Republican Party.

Despite the endorsement battle, Good showcased his loyalty to Trump during his reelection campaign, notably appearing at Trump's criminal trial in New York City.

As the vote count continues, both candidates have made public statements to address their supporters. McGuire expressed confidence, saying, "There are still a few votes left to count, but it’s clear that all paths end with a victory."

Good, on the other hand, called for patience and transparency. "We are asking for full transparency from the officials involved and patience from the people of the 5th District over the coming weeks as the certification of results is completed. We believe we can still prevail," he stated.

In a show of determination, Good encouraged his supporters to remain steadfast. "No matter the outcome, you’ve shown the DC Swamp that you won’t back down from standing for what’s right. Keep the faith and don’t stop fighting now," he urged.

The Broader Implications of the Race

The outcome of this primary holds significant implications for the broader political landscape. It highlights the ongoing power struggle within the Republican Party, with Trump continuing to exert influence over key races. McGuire’s potential victory would signal a shift in the dynamics of conservative politics in Virginia.

Good's campaign, while focused on local issues, also touched on broader national themes. His association with the House Freedom Caucus and strong conservative stance positioned him as a prominent figure in the fight against what he terms the "DC Swamp."

As the nation watches, the Virginia primary serves as a microcosm of larger political battles playing out across the country. The involvement of high-profile figures like Trump and McCarthy underscores the significance of this race.

With votes still being counted and the possibility of a recount looming, the final outcome remains uncertain. Both candidates are preparing for the next steps, with legal teams and campaign staff on high alert.

The close nature of the race ensures that every vote will be scrutinized. Transparency and accuracy in the vote count are paramount to maintain public trust in the electoral process.

The people of Virginia's 5th Congressional District, as well as political observers nationwide, are eagerly awaiting the final certified results. The conclusion of this primary will undoubtedly shape the future of the district and possibly influence other races in the upcoming election cycle.


Rep. Bob Good faces a tight primary challenge from state Sen. John McGuire, trailing by 327 votes as of Wednesday morning.

With a margin of less than one percent, a recount may be on the horizon. The race has seen significant endorsements from Trump and McCarthy, with high stakes and substantial financial investment. As the vote count continues, both candidates remain optimistic, emphasizing transparency and patience from their supporters.

Written By:
Mae Slater

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