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Several Virginia House incumbents ousted in primary

Centrist Steve Heretick, who represents parts of Norfolk and Portsmouth in House District 79, lost to Nadarius Clark, a younger challenger from his left.
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Sydney Johnson inserts her casts her ballot as election official Clare Lewis watches near Stafford, Va., Tuesday, June 8, 2021. It was Johnson's first time voting.

RICHMOND, Va. — Challengers from across the ideological spectrum have ousted several incumbents in nominating contests for the Virginia House of Delegates.

Those ousted include one Republican and at least two Democrats.

ELECTION RESULTS: Click here for results of the Democratic primary

Democrat Mark Levine of Alexandria was defeated by Elizabeth Bennett-Parker. Levine had also been running for Lt. Governor, where he lost to Delegate Hala Ayala.

Here in Hampton Roads, centrist Delegate Steve Heretick, who represents parts of Norfolk and Portsmouth in House District 79, lost to Nadarius Clark, a younger challenger from his left.

The nomination contests turn the page toward what's expected to be a hotly contested battle for control of the House in the fall. 

Republicans will be looking to wrest control from Democrats who in the past two years have passed transformative legislation that's made Virginia an outlier in the South.