Roanoke Times political reporter Amy Friedenberger covered Saturday's unusual, pandemic-era political convention in a Campbell County church parking lot. Republicans chose between incumbent Rep. Denver Riggleman, R-Nelson, and Bob Good, a challenger from Riggleman's political right and a former member of the Campbell County Board of Supervisors. Voting opened Saturday morning and ended at 7 p.m. Good declared victory just before 1:30 a.m. Sunday. He will face a Democrat to be chosen in a primary election later this month.
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BREAKING: Results are in for the 5th Congressional District GOP convention, and Bob Good has been declared the winner. Rep. Denver Riggleman has lost his renomination bid in a convention consumed in controversy until the very end. pic.twitter.com/jjMBGOTbwE— Amy Friedenberger (@AJFriedenberger) June 14, 2020
Good is telling the crowd the Riggleman team is contesting ballots and that’s why we keep having delays in results.— Amy Friedenberger (@AJFriedenberger) June 14, 2020
Who knows when we’ll have results!
Just updated from source that ballots still haven’t even begun to be counted. Riggleman campaign is challenging the Campbell County ballot box.— Amy Friedenberger (@AJFriedenberger) June 14, 2020
This is a mess and has been a mess from the beginning.
Only 30 minutes to go before voting ends. Only a few cars trickling in now, so counting ballots should hopefully start on time.— Amy Friedenberger (@AJFriedenberger) June 13, 2020
Good (in red) has declined to speak to reporters today until the results are announced.— Amy Friedenberger (@AJFriedenberger) June 13, 2020
I haven’t found anyone who has said this issue over the paperwork is influencing how they vote today. People seem pretty locked in for who they support. pic.twitter.com/vTTzB9Eemw
Del. Matt Fariss, R-Campbell, is here handing out cold drinks. He’s a delegate voting here today. He hasn’t endorsed anyone and wouldn’t say who he’s supporting. He said there are things he likes about both candidates and things he doesn’t like. pic.twitter.com/pl0ODEvfZA— Amy Friedenberger (@AJFriedenberger) June 13, 2020
John Whitbeck, former chairman of the Republican Party of Virginia: “Have you ever seen anything so absurd?”— Amy Friedenberger (@AJFriedenberger) June 13, 2020
He credits the committee for doing its best in difficult circumstances to organize a convention.
Riggleman: “This is the most perverse way to choose a candidate.”— Amy Friedenberger (@AJFriedenberger) June 13, 2020
He said the organization of this has been “disastrous” and was done this way by people trying to control the convention.