WASHINGTON (AP/WFXR) — Congressman Ben Cline has won the Republican nomination for the U.S. House of Representatives in Virginia’s 6th District.

The incumbent representative said in an interview after his win that the 6th District “is looking for change in November” and he plans to “stand up to the Biden Administration when it comes to our border, when it comes to inflation, energy prices, [and] crime in our cities.”

In a statement, Cline’s opponent, Merritt Hale, said:

“I’d like to congratulate Congressman Cline for winning our party’s nomination tonight. I’m confident he’ll continue to be a conservative champion for our district. It’s time for our party to unite and make sure we capture majorities in the House and Senate this November! To all my supporters, thank you for your hard work over the past several months and I’m sorry it wasn’t the result you hoped for. I’d also like to thank our members of GOP committees across the Sixth District for treating our campaign so well. Finally, I’d like to thank Congressman Cline for running a respectful campaign. I’m happy to count you as a friend and hope to work with you together in the future to move the Commonwealth and the country forward.”

Merritt Hale

Cline will go on to face Democratic nominee Jennifer Lewis — a mental health worker in who lost to Cline in the General Election in 2018 — in November’s General Election.