GOP Congressman Who Officiated Gay Wedding Loses

Republican Rep. Denver Riggleman, who received blowback from some members of his party after officiating the same-sex wedding last year of former campaign volunteers, has lost the GOP nomination for his central Virginia seat.

Riggleman, a first-term congressman who had received President Trump’s “Total Endorsement,” lost to challenger Bob Good, a born-again evangelical Christian and former Liberty University official. Good had called Riggleman “out of step with the base of the party” on marriage, immigration and other issues.

Good won 58% of the primary vote, according to data provided by the 5th District Republican Committee. The vote took place at a nominating convention at a Lynchburg church on Saturday, where roughly 2,500 party activists cast ballots in a drive-through format, because of the coronavirus pandemic. Virginia allows political parties to choose between a party-run nominating convention or a primary.

Two members of the district committee that decided on the nomination contest format had received payments from Good’s campaign, NPR has reported. Riggleman had called the party convention process corrupt.

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