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Don Beyer Handily Wins Primary In Virginia's 8th District

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Former lieutenant governor Don Beyer has won the Democratic primary in Virginia's 8th Congressional District.

Don Beyer's victory in a seven-way primary race pretty much assures that he will be the next congressman representing Arlington County, the cities of Alexandria and Falls Church, and parts of Fairfax County. He won the district with 45.4 percent of the vote — handily beating Patrick Hope, the next most popular candidate, who courted just 18.4 percent.

Beyer has a good chance to replace longtime Democratic Congressman Jim Moran in the liberal 8th Congressional District, who is retiring after 24 years in office. During his victory party speech, Beyer lost no time in addressing one of the most divisive issues in America and Virginia.

"The courage to take on the NRA and the gun lobbies, to demand the most common sense gun safety laws we can get," Beyer said.

The 63-year-old Beyer is well known in the district for his family business Don Beyer Volvo. He served as President Barack Obama's ambassador to Switzerland and Liechtenstein. Beyer received key endorsements from several former Obama administration officials and Gov. Terry McAuliffe.

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