Two Catholics Face Off in Heated VA Election Race

by David Nussman  •  •  July 6, 2018   

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RICHMOND, Va. ( - Two Catholics are running against each other in Virginia for a U.S. Senate seat, and the winner could help determine the success of Trump's Supreme Court nominee.

Democrat Tim Kaine and GOP candidate Corey Stewart are going head to head in a tense election race; both claim to be Catholic, but Kaine is infamous for his theological dissent. Kaine supports legal abortion and same-sex "marriage." He is also convinced the Catholic Church will eventually ordain female priests and have sacramental marriages of homosexual couples.

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Stewart, the Republican challenging incumbent Kaine for the seat, is a practicing Catholic.

Some of Stewart's political opponents accuse him of being friends with neo-Confederates and white nationalists. But he has hit back at the charge: "I completely disavow all those ideologies 100 percent."

Stewart was involved in Donald Trump's 2016 presidential campaign and still supports him. Stewart's campaign website states, "Corey unapologetically stands with President Trump and will fight for his America First Agenda."

The website also claims Stewart is "100 percent pro-life."

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A local news report on Stewart and Kaine's respective campaigns stated that Kaine has a massive lead in the polls. The report from WJLA said, "A recent poll gave Kaine an 18-percent advantage, two-to-one among women voters."

Virginia is a swing state and has voted Democrat in recent years, but political analyzers still say it is in play, at least for the time being. Virginia was a staunchly Republican state until the 1980s — different from states like Florida, consistently a swing state.

Stewart is the chairman of the Board of County Supervisors in Prince William County. In 2017, he sought to become the Republican candidate for governor but lost in the primary.

Kaine has been a U.S. Senator for Virginia since 2013.

Senate elections like the one in Virginia could impact the appointment of Justice Anthony Kennedy's replacement on the U.S. Supreme Court. Even though the president, Senate Republicans and many Americans want Kennedy's successor to be appointed as soon as possible, the Senate Democrats want to delay voting on Trump's appointee until a new Senate convenes in January 2019.

If the Senate Democrats have their way and postpone the appointment vote, elections like the one in Virginia will be crucial in getting Trump's nominee into the Supreme Court.

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