Rep. Bob Goodlatte wins 6th Congressional District in GOP Primary

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RICHMOND (AP) Longtime incumbent Rep. Bob Goodlatte has won the 6th Congressional District GOP primary.

Goodlatte defeated tea party favorite Harry Griego Tuesday by 80 percent to 20 percent, with 11 percent of the precincts reporting.

Goodlatte is the head of the powerful House Judiciary Committee, and enjoyed a large lead in campaign money over his opponent. The 12-time incumbent focused his campaign on his work on Congress, particularly his support for a balanced federal budget and the 2nd amendment.

Griego, an Air Force veteran, tried to paint Goodlatte as part of the Washington establishment who was out of touch with the district.

The 6th District stretches from the northern Shenandoah Valley to Roanoke.