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After 10 terms, Sherwood loses Va GOP primary

Tuesday - 6/11/2013, 10:10pm  ET

AP Political Writer

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) -- Del. Beverly Sherwood has lost her bid for re-election to an 11th term to a conservative challenger in the Republican primary.

Mark J. Berg won 51.2 percent of the vote on Tuesday to defeat the 66-year-old Sherwood.

She was the second senior Republican House member to lose to a conservative challenger in Tuesday's legislative primaries. Del. Joe May lost to challenger Dave LaRock.

Both delegates had supported this year's landmark transportation reform bill. The issue divided Republicans. Some hailed it as a necessity to jumpstart Virginia's moribund highway construction program and alleviate traffic gridlock in the state's economic engines of northern Virginia and Hampton Roads.

Republican conservatives called it the largest tax increase in Virginia history.

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