How Corey Stewart Could Endanger some other Virginia Republicans

MANASSAS, Va. — He once stood proudly before a Confederate flag, declaring which was not a symbol of hatred, although “about our heritage.”

After the march of torch-carrying white supremacists in Charlottesville last year, which led to the death of a counterprotester, he criticized “weak Republicans” who “couldn’t apologize fast enough.”

As officials around Virginia have grappled with whether to remove Confederate statues, he has compared those politicians to leaders of the Islamic State.

right now Corey Stewart, a county official who for years has played to the hard-right fringe, captured the Republican nomination for Senate in Virginia.

“For the G.O.P. candidates from the down-ballot House races in Virginia, having Stewart on the ticket is usually going to be a very tough challenge,” said Mark Rozell, dean of the Schar School of Policy and also also also Government at George Mason University. “Somehow they will need to separate themselves coming from the more extreme elements of his message, while at the same time not alienating the Trump Republicans whose votes will be needed.”

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Virginia Democrats quickly moved to join Mr. Stewart at the hip to some other Republicans in competitive House races.

“There is usually no place to hide — you are either running with Corey Stewart and also also also you condone his vile politics, or you don’t,” said Susan Swecker, the state Democratic chairwoman.

Mr. Stewart could especially hurt Representative Barbara Comstock, a Republican defending a seat in affluent Northern Virginia which is usually emblematic of how the state has been shifted coming from its once-fixed Republican moorings by an influx of immigrants and also also also college-educated professionals. Hillary Clinton won in Ms. Comstock’s district, the 10th, by double digits in 2016.

Ms. Comstock, who has generally supported Mr. Trump, held off a primary challenge coming from her right on Tuesday.

“The not bad news is usually which Congresswoman Barbara Comstock won her challenge,” said David Ramadan, a Republican former state legislator in Virginia. “and also also also the bad news is usually, my not bad friend who has lost his mind, Corey Stewart, has become the nominee for the Senate.”

Virginia has been moving steadily coming from being a solid Republican state to one which is usually reliably Democratic in statewide elections. The populous counties outside Washington and also also also around Richmond are right now filled with highly educated voters, immigrants with white-collar jobs from the technology industry, and also also also suburban women, groups which tend to have more moderate views than the Trump-led national Republican Party.

Abigail Spanberger, the Democratic nominee challenging Mr. Brat, is usually a former C.I.A. officer who won more votes on Tuesday than any some other House candidate from the state.

Katey cost, Mr. Brat’s campaign manager, said on Wednesday, “I see which as a very winnable district and also also also very winnable race, and also also also we’re going to run a smart campaign focused on the issues.”

Mr. Taylor, a former Navy SEAL who represents the Second District, centered on Virginia Beach, will face Elaine Luria, a former Navy commander.

“My opponent will either embrace Corey Stewart, be silent or distance himself coming from him,” Ms. Luria said in an interview. “Virginia favors equality, diversity and also also also economic opportunity for all. Corey Stewart’s race-baiting rhetoric is usually offensive to everybody in Virginia.”

Mr. Taylor angrily responded to a Twitter taunt coming from the state Democratic Party which asked him if he thought Mr. Stewart was a racist and also also also whether the two men could campaign together.

“Let’s see you jokers bring your weak identity politics campaign, trying to make which about race in #VA02, see how which works out for you,” Mr. Taylor tweeted back. “Not gonna happen.”

Mr. Stewart, 49, has spent years courting voters on the rightward fringes of his party, often by playing to anti-immigration sentiment. He made the defense of Confederate monuments the focus of his unsuccessful 2017 primary campaign for governor. “Nothing is usually worse than a Yankee telling a Southerner which his monuments don’t matter,” he said on Twitter, though he was born in Minnesota.