Virginia Rep. Forbes loses primary, victim of redrawn map

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — U.S. Rep. Randy Forbes is the first casualty of a newly redrawn Virginia congressional map.

Forbes lost a sharp-elbowed primary against Scott Taylor, a state House delegate and former Navy SEAL, in Virginia’s defense-heavy Hampton Roads area.

The race was marked by its negative tone, with Taylor accusing Forbes of acting “cowardly” and “abandoning” his former constituents. At issue: Forbes’ decision to run in the 2nd, rather than the 4th Congressional District he’s represented for 15 years. Forbes made the move after a federal panel of judges ordered Virginia’s congressional map to be redrawn, making his district far less friendly to Republicans.

Taylor was vastly outspent by Forbes, who played up his seniority on House budget matters, particularly on defense spending.