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Howell Defeats Tea Party Foe in GOP Primary for State House


FREDERICKSBURG, Va. (AP) - Virginia GOP House Speaker William J. Howell has won re-election in the GOP primary, easily dispatching a tea party foe who was once his political protege.


With 100 percent of precincts counted, Howell defeated Susan Stimpson in Tuesday's election 62 percent to 38 percent.


The long-time House speaker, first elected to the House 28 years ago, had a massive financial advantage over Stimpson. But Stimpson mounted an aggressive campaign with help from outside groups that have attacked Howell as pro-tax and anti-gun rights, stances the speaker has strongly denounced.


Some Howell voters in his Fredericksburg-area House district said they supported him because of his constituent-services work and criticized Stimpson for running a negative campaign. Some Stimpson supporters said Howell has been in office too long and become too cozy with special interests.

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