Justin Santopietro

nationalatlas.gov

There has never been a contested primary election in Virginia's Ninth Congressional District.  The Republican and Democratic party organizations chose their nominees and the contest to represent southwestern Virginia took place in November's general elections.  

But this year, two candidates are vying for the Democratic nomination and neither one considers himself a mainstream Democrat.

AP Photo / Carolyn Kaster

Virginia’s primary elections are coming up on June 12th.  Two Democrats are vying to challenge the Republican incumbent in the state’s 9th district, which comprises much of southwestern Virginia.