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Nail-biter in Virginia’s Fifth District GOP primary too close to call 

The contentious Republican primary race between Trump-backed candidate John McGuire and powerful incumbent Rep. Bob Good (R-Va.) in Virginia’s 5th Congressional District became a nail-biter Tuesday night as only about a half percentage point separated the two.

McGuire, a state senator endorsed by former President Donald Trump last month, held the slimmest of leads over Good, the powerful House Freedom Caucus chairman, nearly four hours after polls closed.

His 50.23% to 49.77% advantage over the GOP hardliner would be narrow enough for Good to request a recount, paid for by the state.

Good would also be able to request a recount — but have to pay for it — if the margin were to expand to between .5% and 1%.

As election returns came in — swinging the race back and forth late into the night — a mood of nervous anticipation filled the room at McGuire’s campaign watch party where the candidate spent most of the night backstage.

McGuire came out only once, early in the night, to check the microphone on stage.

Campaign advisers and supporters scurried behind the two American flags and the curtains behind the stage several times as the race shifted between McGuire leading, then trailing and then leading again, presumably to check on the 55-year-old former Navy SEAL.

The watch party, held at The Virginian Hotel in Lynchburg — one of the nicest in the city — drew around three dozen McGuire supporters, eager to hear a victory speech.

“There are still a few votes left to count, but it’s clear that all paths end with a victory,” McGuire told his supporters just before midnight, as he held a less than 400 vote edge over his opponent.

“Folks in the 5th District can rest assured that should they elect me in November, they will have an effective fighter in Congress who will get the job done for them,” he added.

Meanwhile, Good, 58, is hoping to avoid becoming the first incumbent to lose to an outside challenger this election cycle.

He has represented the Fifth District, which includes the cities of Charlottesville and Lynchburg, since 2021.

Good did not address the media or his supporters Tuesday night, opting to instead release a statement on X.

He has represented the Fifth District, which includes the cities of Charlottesville and Lynchburg, since 2021.

“The entire DC Swamp was aligned against us with over $10 million in attack ads, but with your help we were able to make this race too close to call,” the congressman said in a note released before McGuire claimed victory.

“No matter the outcome, you’ve shown the DC Swamp that you won’t back down from standing for what’s right,” he added.

Good drew the ire of Trump when he endorsed Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis for the GOP presidential nomination last May.

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