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VAGA primary wrap: Howell wins, Martin loses

VAGA primary wrap: Howell wins, Martin loses

FREDERICKSBURG — Virginia House Speaker William J. Howell won re-election in his GOP primary Tuesday, 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. State Sen. Steve Martin wasn't so fortunate: The long-time Chesterfield Republican list his race to challenger Amanda Chase, who took 40 percent of the vote in a three-way race. There were no assembly primary races on the Peninsula, and few in Hampton Roads. State Sen. John Cosgrove, R-Chesapeake, won a lopsided victory over challenger Bill Haley. Del. Johnny...

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