Controversial candidate Corey Stewart has been declared the winner of the Virginia GOP Senate primary race with 44.8 percent of the vote and has earned a chance to try to unseat incumbent Sen. Tim Kaine (D) in the November midterm elections.
Stewart, who serves as the Prince William County Board of Supervisors Chairman, narrowly beat state Delegate Nick Freitas who garnered 43.2 percent of the vote.
Chesapeake Bishop E.W. Jackson, the only black candidate, collected just over 12 percent of the tally.
It’s the first time Stewart has won a statewide election.
Where does he stand on the issues?
The 49-year-old touted himself as the only true Trump supporter vying for a spot on the ballot.
Stewart said he will focus on jobs and reducing corporate taxes, as well as continue the fight against illegal immigration.
And he gained a strong following from his crackdown on illegal immigration in his county.
Stewart said he wants to repeal and replace Obamacare, expand health savings accounts, and work on legislation that would allow people to purchase insurance across state lines.
What’s the controversy about?
Stewart served as Virginia’s state co-chairman for then-presidential candidate Trump during the 2016 campaign.
He was fired from the position after he participated in a protest in front of the Republican National Committee headquarters that was aimed at warning the national party not to abandon Trump during his bid for the White House.
More recently, a video surfaced that showed Stewart praising former congressional candidate Paul Nehlen, who has made many openly anti-Semitic comments on Twitter.
Stewart and his wife, Maria, have been married 22 years. They live in Woodbridge with their two sons.