Sen. Robert Hurt (D-Chatham) won the seven-way race for the Republican nomination for the 5th District, Brian McNeill writes in today’s Daily Progress. The Southside resident won much of the district, but he lost Albemarle, Buckingham, Greene, Fluvanna, and Nelson. Board of Supervisors member Ken Boyd won a plurality of votes in Albemarle, Michael McPadden—of North Garden—got a plurality in Nelson, and Feda Kidd Morton won her county of Fluvanna. The narrative here was that Hurt was the establishment Republican, with the other six candidates representing, to varying degrees, the interests of the far-right “Tea Party” group. Today begins the general election, pitting Hurt against freshman incumbent Tom Perriello (D-Ivy). The election is in November.