[Updated to include more data, comments from the victor.]
Del. Alfonso Lopez (D-Arlington-Fairfax) easily handled a challenge from his left, dispatching opponent Karishma Mehta without breaking a sweat to win renomination in the 49th District.
Lopez received 4,819 votes, or 70.5 percent, to 2,015 for Mehta, and moves on to the general election to await a pair of independents and, possibly, a Republican.
“We built a diverse coalition that share the values of pursuing progressive policies, delivering results, and building a Virginia that lifts everyone up and leaves no one behind,” Lopez said in a statement after the results were known.
The district is centered on Arlington’s Columbia Pike corridor, but also includes adjacent portions of Fairfax County in the Seven Corners area.
Lopez actually did best in the seven Fairfax County precincts of the district, winning 75 percent of the vote there. In the 14 Arlington precincts, he took 69 percent.
Although Mehta, a preschool teacher, received some attention and funding from national left-wing groups, it never translated into a serious threat to Lopez.
Qualifying for the general-election ballot by the June 8 deadline were Ronald Fisher and Terrence Modglin, who previously have run before under the banner of the Independent Green Party but never garnered significant traction. Republicans have also lined up, but not yet formally announced, a candidate.