(AP/WJLA) - Republicans in parts of northern Virginia are headed to the polls to select a nominee for the House seat held by retiring Congressman Frank Wolf.
Voters in Virginia's 10th Congressional District, which stretches from McLean through parts of Loudoun and Prince William counties and out to Winchester, are voting in a so-called "firehouse primary" at special polling sites Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
The Republican Party, rather than the State Board of Elections, is conducting the balloting.
Barbara Comstock, a former Wolf staffer who now represents McLean in the House of Delegates, is the front-runner, but several candidates have positioned themselves as a more conservative alternative, including Delegate Bob Marshall.
The winner will face Democrat John Foust in a race that is expected to receive national attention. Foust is the Fairfax County Supervisor for the Dranesville District,
Citizens wishing to vote in Saturday's Republican firehouse primary must sign a statement of intent, pledging to support the Republican candidate in the November election. The statement is available on the party committee's website.
Six candidates are vying for the nomination:
• Del. Barbara Comstock (R-McLean)
• Loudoun County businessman Stephen Hollingshead
• Retired Navy officer Howie Lind
• 13th District state Del. Bob Marshall (R-Manassas)
• Clear Brook businessman Marc Savitt
• Capitol Hill staffer Rob Wasinger
Only select polling places will be open for the firehouse primary, including:
• Berryville Primary School, Berryville, Va.
• Langley High School, McLean, Va.
• Centreville High School, Clifton. Va.
• Millbrook High School, Winchester, Va.
• Harmony Middle School, Hamilton, Va.
• Stone Bridge High School, Ashburn, Va.
• Freedom High School, Chantilly, Va.
• Metz Middle School, Manassas, Va.
• Battlefield High School, Haymarket, Va.
• War Memorial Building, Winchester, Va.
The winner of Saturday's firehouse primary will face the only Democrat who has filed for the November election - Fairfax County Supervisor for the Dranesville District, John Foust.
Democrats in the 8th Congressional District had originally announced they would be holding a nominating convention on Saturday to pick their candidate to run for Rep. Jim Moran's seat, who is also retiring, but the event has been cancelled, according to their website.