District Description: covers much of the west-central portion of the state, including Roanoke, Lynchburg and most of the Shenandoah Valley.
Representative: Ben Cline (R)
2018 Election Results:
Ben Cline (R) 59.8% – 168,341 votes
Jennifer Lewis (D) 40.1 % – 112,664 votes
Total votes: 281,285
Washington DC Office (currently Bob Goodlatte):
2309 Rayburn HOB
Washington, DC 20515
Phone: (202) 225-5431
70 North Mason Street
Harrisonburg, VA 22802
Phone: (540) 432-2391
916 Main Street, Suite 300
Lynchburg, VA 24504
Phone: (434) 845-8306
Fax: (434) 845-8245
10 Franklin Road SE, Suite 540
Roanoke, VA 24011
Phone: (540) 857-2672
117 South Lewis Street, Suite 215
Staunton, VA 24401
Phone: (540) 885-3861
Virginia’s sixth congressional district is a United States congressional district in the Commonwealth of Virginia. It covers much of the west-central portion of the state, including Roanoke,Lynchburg and most of the Shenandoah Valley. The current representative is Bob Goodlatte (R), who has held the seat since the 1993 retirement of incumbent Democrat Jim Olin.
The district will be an open seat in 2018. In November 2017, Goodlatte announced that he would retire from Congress at the end of his current term, and would not seek re-election.
Historically, the 6th district was one of the first areas of Virginia to turn Republican. Many of the old Byrd Democrats in the area began splitting their tickets and voting Republican at the national level as early as the 1930s. It was also one of the first areas of Virginia where Republicans were able to break the long Democratic dominance at the state and local level. The district itself was in Republican hands from 1953 to 1983. Olin won the seat in 1982, and held it for a decade before current Congressman Goodlatte won it.
Some counties in the district haven’t supported a Democrat for president since Franklin D. Roosevelt. For instance, Highlandand Shenandoah counties last voted for a Democratic presidential candidate in 1932, and Augusta and Roanoke counties have not supported a Democrat since 1944. The district as a whole hasn’t supported a Democrat for president since Lyndon B. Johnson in 1964.
From financial reports submitted to the Federal Election Commission.
|Name||Party||Receipts*||Disbursements**||Cash on hand||Date|
|Benjamin Lee “Ben” Cline||Republican Party||$726,489||$490,784||$235,705||As of September 30, 2018|
|Jennifer Lewis||Democratic Party||$331,451||$236,410||$91,714||As of September 30, 2018|
The 2018 Cook Partisan Voter Index for this district was R+13, meaning that in the previous two presidential elections, this district’s results were 13 percentage points more Republican than the national average. This made Virginia’s 6th Congressional District the 98th-most Republican nationally.
FiveThirtyEight’s elasticity score for states and congressional districts measured “how sensitive it is to changes in the national political environment.” Heading into the election, this district’s elasticity score was 0.98. This means that for every 1 point the national political mood moved toward a party, the district was expected to move 0.98 points toward that party.
Recent Election Results
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Heading into the election, Ballotpedia rated this race as safely Republican. Incumbent Bob Goodlatte (R) defeated Kai Degner (D) in the general election on November 8, 2016. Goodlatte defeated Harry Griego in the Republican primary on June 14, 2016.
|Republican||Bob Goodlatte Incumbent||66.6%||225,471|
|Source: Virginia Department of Elections|
|U.S. House, Virginia District 6 Republican Primary, 2016|
|Bob Goodlatte Incumbent||77.9%||18,993|
|Source: Virginia Department of Elections
The 6th Congressional District of Virginia held an election for the U.S. House of Representatives on November 4, 2014. Incumbent Bob Goodlatte defeated Libertarian Will Hammer and Green Party candidate Elaine Hildebrandt in the general election.
|Republican||Bob Goodlatte Incumbent||74.5%||133,898|
|Source: Virginia Department of Elections|
The 6th Congressional District of Virginia held an election for the U.S. House of Representatives on November 6, 2012. Incumbent Bob Goodlatte won re-election in the district.
On November 2, 2010, Bob Goodlatte won re-election to the United States House. He defeated Jeffrey W. Vanke (I) and Stuart M. Bain (L) in the general election.
|Republican||Bob Goodlatte incumbent||76.3%||127,487|
|Independent||Jeffrey W. Vanke||13%||21,649|
|Libertarian||Stuart M. Bain||9.2%||15,309|