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GOP opts for firehouse primary in Wolf's district

Friday - 1/24/2014, 5:05pm  ET

LEESBURG, Va. (AP) -- Northern Virginia Republicans have opted to run a firehouse primary to choose a nominee in the 10th Congressional District, where Republican Frank Wolf is retiring after 34 years.

A firehouse primary, also called a party canvass, means the party will run its own election at polling sites it designates throughout the district. It will be held April 26.

Party officials voted Thursday night for the firehouse primary instead of a convention or state-run primary.

Eligibility rules to participate in the primary have not yet been determined, but John Whitbeck, chairman of the 10th District Republican Committee, said it's likely that voters would be expected to sign a pledge indicating their intent to support the Republican nominee in November.

The race to succeed Wolf is expected to be highly competitive.

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