VIRGINIA 02 (R -- TAYLOR) | VA-2

Lynwood Lewis to Decide on House Bid This Fall

He is top recruit to challenge Scott Taylor.

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Ally Mutnick
Aug. 9, 2017, 10:36 a.m.

State Sen. Lynwood Lewis (D) is seriously considering a run against freshman Rep. Scott Taylor (R) for his district, which spans from the Eastern shore down to Virginia Beach. A final decision is expected next month.

Lewis “said it took about two days to rule out a run last cycle in a less-inviting environment. … He declined once again in January when recruiters asked him to consider a bid, but he found himself reevaluating in May when the ‘craziness that’s going on in Washington’ showed no signs of abating.”

“Democrats are thrilled by the prospect of Lewis’s candidacy, describing him as a strong retail campaigner who” won “a competitive state Senate special election by 9 votes in 2014 and then trouncing his opponent by 19 points the following year.” (Hotline reporting)

Taylor, a former Navy SEAL, defeated former Rep. Randy Forbes (R-04) in the open seat race for retiring Rep. Scott Rigell’s (R) seat last cycle. Forbes moved to a neighboring seat after his was redistricted.

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