Virginia voters set to head to polls Tuesday

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Virginia voters are set to head to the polls for primary elections around the state.

There are 18 contested legislative elections Tuesday. The closest watched is GOP House Speaker William J. Howell’s run for re-election.

Howell is facing off against Susan Stimpson. The tea party favorite is a former political protégé of Howell’s who says the speaker has become too cozy with special interests.

Howell has a large financial advantage over Stimpson, but she’s received help from outside anti-tax and pro-gun groups that have attacked the speaker.

There’s also keen interest in a handful of Senate primaries, including a four-way GOP battle in Henrico County for retiring Sen. Walter Stosch’s seat.

Polls open at 6 a.m. and close at 7 a.m. Voters can find their polling locations at


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