The Roanoke Times reports:
Virginia Republicans turned bright red Tuesday, selecting Corey Stewart as their nominee to challenge Democratic incumbent Tim Kaine for U.S. Senate as primary elections played out in congressional districts across the state. The matchup ensures Virginia will keep relitigating the 2016 presidential race in this fall’s election, with Stewart running in Donald Trump-like fashion against Kaine, who was Hillary Clinton’s running mate in her bid for the presidency.
Republican voters preferred Stewart, who has promised a “vicious” campaign, over a more mainstream option in Del. Nick Freitas, R-Culpeper, a former Green Beret who had support from the party establishment. Some voters expressed disgust with Stewart’s Trumpian antics, which in the past year included celebration of Confederate flags and statues, campaign stops at firing ranges, and holding up a roll of toilet paper outside the state Capitol to rail against what he called “flaccid” Republicans who voted to expand Medicaid.
You may recall that in October 2016 Stewart was fired as the Virginia chair of the Trump campaign for staging an “unauthorized” protest outside RNC headquarters.
More from Mediaite:
He’s also going to be a Roy Mooresque headache for Republicans. But not because of questionable time spent at the Gadsden Mall, but thanks to his ties to racists and anti-Semites. Mediaite reported earlier this month that Stewart called white nationalist Paul Nehlen “one of my personal heroes” in a video that’s still up on YouTube.
Nehlen, a “pro-White” candidate who keeps challenging Paul Ryan in the Wisconsin House primaries and losing, was recently banned from Twitter for racism and anti-Semitism.
Stewart himself also spoke at a right-wing rally in Charlottesville, North Carolina (before the infamous alt-right one that ended in a murder) alongside white supremacist Jason Kessler (who went on to organize the subsequent deadly rally).
Congratulations to Corey Stewart for his great victory for Senator from Virginia. Now he runs against a total stiff, Tim Kaine, who is weak on crime and borders, and wants to raise your taxes through the roof. Don’t underestimate Corey, a major chance of winning!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 13, 2018
It appears ISIS has won. They are tearing down historical monuments in New Orleans now too. It must end. Despicable!https://t.co/hrO0cLozos
— Corey Stewart (@CoreyStewartVA) April 24, 2017
Trump supporters chant “Make America Great Again” in protest outside RNC headquarters. pic.twitter.com/YMotE0L1XI
— Jeff Goldberg (@livewirejeffg) October 10, 2016