Today, Karina Lipsman won the Republican nomination for United States
Congress in Virginia’s 8th District at the delegate-style ranked choice Convention. Lipsman earned 61.5% of the votes in the first round of vote counting, soaring past her closest competitor to secure the nomination. She’ll face incumbent Rep. Don Beyer (D-VA) in November.
“I am completely humbled by this opportunity and so incredibly thankful to the delegates who supported me to win this nomination. It’struly a testament to the American dream that I speak about often that an immigrant girl from Ukraine can succeed in this country and is now the nominee for the United States House of Representatives,” Lipsman said. “I want to secure that American dream for everyone in the District. I promise to be a representative for all, not just those who are registered Republican. The issues we are facing are largely not conservative or liberal, but rather serious topics that transcend partisan politics. We all feel the impact of inflation. We are all concerned about what happens in the hallways and what is being taught in the classrooms. We are all worried about our external threats from Russia and China. We are all nervous when we pump gas in the District at night or go on a walk alone. I promise to be the Congresswoman for all Northern Virginia, to do what I can to tackle these issues that impact everyone, and I hope my message of a new vision for our District resonates with all!”
Lipsman’s primary opponents failed to come within striking distance. Candidate Kezia Tunnell received 19.12%, the 2020 nominee Jeff Jordan received 15.92%, and the other two candidates did not break 2.5%. “It is clear the delegates at the Convention were seeking a change, and based on my conversations around the District, I am confident that the overwhelming majority of voters are not happy with the current state of politics, or their wallets, and are seeking a change too,” Lipsman added.