Let’s not make the Corey Stewart mistake again

Virginia’s Senate election did not take long to resolve. Incumbent Democrat Tim Kaine was declared the winner over Corey Stewart immediately after 7 p.m. Eastern.

As three Virginia Republicans hold their breath about the outcomes of the House elections — incumbents Barbara Comstock and Dave Brat, and challenger Denver Riggleman — some will wonder if the party partially set its fate in the June 12 primary. If Nick Freitas or even E. W. Jackson had won the GOP nomination for Senate, maybe the Virginia Democratic party would have at least had to expend some resources protecting Kaine.

Turnout in northern Virginia is huge, which is generally good news for Democrats. As of 4 p.m., Alexandria was almost at 58 percent, Arlington County was at 50 percent and with absentees and stragglers could hit 70 percent; Falls Church was at 68 percent, and Fairfax was at about 53 percent.