RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Two prominent Republican congressional candidates were given a reprieve by the Virginia State Board of Elections for not filing candidate paperwork on time.
The board voted 2-1 Tuesday to extend a filing deadline for Republicans Bob Good and Nick Freitas, as well as handful of other candidates, that will allow them to have their names on the ballot this fall.
Good won a GOP convention last month against incumbent U.S. Rep. Denver Riggleman, who angered social conservatives in his district when he officiated a gay marriage.
Freitas is a state delegate who had to mount a pricey write-in campaign to keep his state House seat after failing to get his paperwork in on time last year. He blamed a campaign attorney for not getting the paperwork in on time this year.
Freitas is among the favorites vying to be the Republican nominee to challenge incumbent Democratic U.S. Rep. Abigail Spanberger in what’s anticipated to be one of the most closely watched congressional races in the country.
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