Republicans haven’t won statewide in Virginia since 2009. Tuesday’s Senate primary displays why

Washington( CNN) Republican haven’t won a statewide race in Virginia since 2009, and GOP leaders have all but written off their chances of changing that tendency in this year’s Senate race.

The best-known candidate, Corey Stewart, constructed his brand on defending Confederate icons. Another contender is a minister who called gay people “perverted” and “very sick people” and warned that yoga leads to Satan. And a third, who has emerged as the establishment preference, is most closely aligned with Sens. Rand Paul and Mike Lee.

None, national and state Republican acknowledge, are likely to give Democratic Sen. Tim Kaine a serious race in November’s midterm elections.

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