Prince William Board of County Supervisors chair and controversial candidate Corey Stewart won the GOP nomination for U.S. Senate, the Associated Press reported Tuesday evening. He beat out state Del. Nick Freitas and pastor E. W. Jackson for the nomination.
BREAKING: Devoted Trump supporter and conservative provocateur Corey Stewart wins GOP nomination for U.S. Senate. He has promised a vicious campaign against Sen. Tim Kaine. https://t.co/YPV0pf58zK #Election2018 #VAprimary pic.twitter.com/6h3BXwrwJi— AP Politics (@AP_Politics) June 13, 2018
Stewart secured the nomination by a slim margin with 44.7 percent of the vote over Freitas who got 43.2 percent, Jackson trailed behind with 12 percent of the vote.
Stewart was once a state chairman of President Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign and almost won the 2017 Republican nomination for governor, losing by one point to Ed Gillespie.
He was fired from the Trump campaign after organizing an unsanctioned protest outside the Republican National Committee's headquarters.
Stewart has been criticized for his past association with Paul Nehlen, a Republican challenger to House Speaker Paul Ryan who was suspended from Twitter for anti-Semitic tweets.