RPV’s SCC Votes for Primary, 45-35

Richmond played host to a long day of Republican Party business, with both the Young Republican Federation of Virginia and the State Central Committee in town for meetings. An anticipated vote by the aforementioned SCC on whether the 2018 Senate nominee will be chosen by way of a convention or a primary was naturally the main topic of conversation throughout the day.

The YRFV quarterly meeting actually ran well ahead of schedule, with votes regarding the selection of delegates to the national YR convention, the chartering of three new clubs, and other fairly routine business being decided by simple voice votes with minimal debate.

In a meeting that spanned three hours and change, featuring appearances and speeches by Ed Gillespie and John Adams, the State Central Committee voted by a 45-35 margin to hold a primary to decide the Republican nominee for Senate against incumbent and 2016 Democratic Vice Presidential candidate, Tim Kaine.

With the potential 2018 candidates already beginning to test the waters, a primary will likely favor a more mainstream candidate as 2017 has. Of course, the roughly 150,000 people who voted for Corey Stewart won’t simply disappear, and they are intensely loyal, putting him in a considerably strong position should he choose to run. A recent social media push by Nick Freitas supporters to get his hat in the ring would need to boost his statewide name ID significantly in a relatively short amount of time to make his candidacy viable, which one would assume said Facebook promotion is the beginning of. Naturally, a convention among mostly party insiders who follow the politics across the state and know most of the players already would be advantageous to candidates without such a profile.

So here we go, friends. Here’s hoping (likely in vain) that 2018’s primary won’t be as contentious as the one just last week.

  • Turbocohen

    Congratulations Eric Cantor

    • Jim Portugul

      Why would any big name jump in the pool before they see how bad Ed Gillespie loses in November?

      As for EC, why?

  • mezurak

    A primary? What a shocker!

  • MD Russ

    Let’s hope that more voters turn out for the 2018 primary than did this month and don’t stay home in droves because they assume that the polling has already determined the nominee. That’s is how people like Corey Stewart win primaries.

    For those who didn’t notice, esp. the Stewart supporters who are claiming that the primary was “close,” less than 366,000 voted in the Republican primary compared with almost 544,000 who voted in the Democratic primary.

  • That’s a damn shame… Why the hell does the GOP State Central Committee hold the local taxpayer in such low regard?

  • Also… Bearing Drift would do a great service to onlookers by featuring a roll call, though I do recall many on the Committee prefer to block recorded votes on nomination process motions.

    I’d certainly like to know how my Chairman and representatives voted, but something tells me that testicular fortitude was lacking in any willingness to broadcast their position.

    I’m confident it’s just business as usual with the Republican Party of Virginia…

    • Stephen Spiker

      There is a roll call vote. It will be released soon. Most SCC members aren’t shy about their position — in fact, most campaigned explicitly on their position. That’s how it was clear going to the weekend that the pro-primary caucus had a majority.

      • Paul Prados

        Most knew roughly how it would turn out. I had to adjust my whip count a day or two before. There was one not guaranteed so it would either be a 10 or 12 vote margin. Interestingly it was someone on the convention side who mentioned that nothing anyone was saying was going to change anyone’s mind. the question was called and we were done in under 20 minutes.

    • Paul Prados

      After court ordered redistricting I don’t know what district you are in, but it is irrelevant. All of the 2, 3, and 4th voted for a Primary. Since the day one fight over a roll call vote for internal party positions, there has not been any overt resistance to recording votes. Sometimes we stand to count votes because the Chairman feels it is faster. It is harder to keep track of who voted for what in that instance.

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