Virginia Republicans at odds – and throats – in Trump era

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Virginia Republicans at odds - and throats - in Trump era
FILE - In this April 19, 2018 file photo Republican primary senatorial candidate Corey Stewart, right, gestures as Del. Nick Freitas listens during a debate at Liberty University in Lynchburg, Va. The vicious tenor of the 2016 GOP presidential primary is being matched by Virginia’s raucous congressional primaries. In primaries for the U.S. House and the Senate seat held by Democratic Tim Kaine, there’s been a near constant stream of complaints of below-the-belt attacks or shady campaigning. Some candidates bemoan the negative tone while others say it’s not a problem. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — The vicious tenor of the 2016 GOP presidential primary is being matched by Virginia’s raucous congressional primaries.

In primaries for the U.S. House and the Senate seat held by Democrat Tim Kaine, there’s been a near constant stream of complaints of below-the-belt attacks or shady campaigning.

Some candidates bemoan the negative tone while others say it’s not a problem.

Senate hopeful Corey Stewart said voters are drawn to candidates like President Donald Trump who are willing to attack opponents directly instead of through surrogates.