In Virginia GOP primary, Trump, McCarthy try to oust House Freedom Caucus chair

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Republican voters successful Virginia's 5th Congressional District are going to the polls Tuesday to determine whether to manus different word to House Freedom Caucus Chairman Bob Good oregon regenerate him with Virginia authorities Sen. John McGuire, a erstwhile Navy SEAL, successful a contention that has highlighted a disagreement wrong the Trump faction of the GOP.

The Cook Political Report, a nonpartisan predetermination tracker, rates the contention "Solid Republican," truthful the victor of the Republican superior is astir definite to triumph the wide predetermination successful Southside Virginia.

Good, moving for his 5th term, mislaid the enactment of some Kevin McCarthy-aligned Republicans successful the aftermath of his ballot to oust McCarthy arsenic talker and erstwhile President Donald Trump, aft helium endorsed the erstwhile president's superior opponent, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis.

Good aboriginal endorsed Trump aft DeSantis dropped out, but not soon capable for Trump, who posted connected Truth Social, "It was excessively late" — and past endorsed his superior challenger.

"Bob Good is BAD FOR VIRGINIA, AND BAD FOR THE USA," Trump wrote, adding, "I conscionable privation to MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN, and the idiosyncratic that tin astir assistance maine bash that is Navy Seal and highly respected State Legislator, John McGuire, a existent American Hero."

At a telerally for McGuire connected Monday night, Trump said, "If he's reelected, Bob Good volition stab Virginia successful the back, benignant of similar helium did with me."

McGuire has besides been knocking Good successful ads for his disloyalty to Trump. In a caller ad, McGuire is holding a firearm portion a narrator says, "Trump doesn't request different backstabber successful Congress. He needs John McGuire — a consecutive shooter who ever has his six."

McGuire not lone has the erstwhile president's enactment but besides has been endorsed by different Trump-aligned Republicans including Reps. Marjorie Taylor Greene and Freedom Caucus subordinate Warren Davidson. Some of Good's  GOP colleagues in Washington person travel to the territory to enactment McGuire, including Rep. Jen Kiggans of Virginia, who has adjacent helped fundraise for Good's challenger.

But Good inactive has a swath of endorsements from legislature Republicans similar Reps. Matt Gaetz and Byron Donald of Florida and Virginia Rep. Ben Cline.

Outside groups, including Club for Growth and the House Freedom Fund, besides donated millions to beforehand Good's reelection bid portion others — immoderate with ties to McCarthy — spent millions trying to oust him. McGuire besides narrowly outraised Good, $1.2 cardinal to $1.1 million, according to May national predetermination documents.

This volition beryllium McCarthy's 2nd effort to unseat 1 of the lawmakers who voted to oust him. He did not win successful dislodging Rep. Nancy Mace, who won her primary past week.

Polls are unfastened from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. ET connected Tuesday.

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