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Republican Scott Taylor will end his Senate bid to run for his old House seat

By JENNA PORTNOY, Washington Post (Metered Paywall - 3 articles a month)

Virginia Republican Scott W. Taylor said Monday that he will end his U.S. Senate campaign against Sen. Mark R. Warner (D) and instead run for his old U.S. House seat representing Virginia Beach. If Taylor wins a competitive Republican primary, he will face Rep. Elaine Luria, the Democrat who unseated him in a 2018 election amid a wave of anti-Trump sentiment and a scandal over election petitions that embroiled Taylor’s campaign.

VaNews January 7, 2020


GOP candidate Ben Loyola slams Scott Taylor over report that he will end Senate bid to seek former House seat

By PATRICK WILSON, Richmond Times-Dispatch (Metered Paywall - 25 articles a month)

Ben Loyola, a Republican candidate for Congress in Virginia’s 2nd District, slammed former Rep. Scott Taylor, a fellow Republican, on Monday over a news report that said Taylor is abandoning his bid to challenge Sen. Mark Warner, D-Va., and will instead run for his former House seat. Loyola is running to challenge Rep. Elaine Luria, D-2nd, who beat Taylor a year ago to flip the Hampton Roads seat that is based in Virginia Beach.

VaNews December 10, 2019


Two Republicans start campaigns for U.S. Senate in Virginia

By PATRICK WILSON, Richmond Times-Dispatch (Metered Paywall - 25 articles a month)

The field of Republicans seeking to challenge Sen. Mark Warner, D-Va., in 2020 is growing. Omari Faulkner, 37, a former Navy reservist who was a basketball player at Georgetown University, announced a run on Wednesday. He lives in Loudoun County. Daniel Gade, 44, a retired U.S. Army lieutenant colonel and Iraq War combat veteran, announced a run last month. He lives in Alexandria.

VaNews November 14, 2019


Woodbridge Army officer launches bid for U.S. Senate

By DANIEL BERTI, Prince William Times

Thomas Speciale, a U.S. Army reservist from Woodbridge, has announced his candidacy for U.S. Senate, joining an already crowded field of Republican primary candidates aiming to take down current U.S. Sen. Mark Warner, a Democrat.

VaNews September 13, 2019


Ex-Rep. Scott Taylor threatens Virginia Democrats over election fraud allegations

By GRIFFIN CONNOLLY, Roll Call

Former Rep. Scott Taylor is considering a defamation lawsuit against the Democratic Party of Virginia for “slandering, smearing, and lying” about his role in an alleged election fraud scheme during his failed 2018 re-election bid. The one-term Virginia Republican claimed “complete vindication” after Virginia special prosecutor Don Caldwell, who is investigating election fraud claims against members of Taylor’s former campaign staff, released an update Monday saying he indicted one former Taylor staffer for election fraud but found no evidence — so far — that Taylor directed any illegal activity. Other indictments could still be forthcoming, Caldwell indicated.

VaNews May 8, 2019


Former U.S. Rep. Scott Taylor campaign staffer indicted in petition forgery scandal

By JANE HARPER, Virginian-Pilot (Metered Paywall - 2 articles a month)

A former campaign staffer for ex-Congressman Scott Taylor was charged Monday with submitting forged signatures on a petition to get a third-party candidate on the ballot to siphon votes from his opponent. A grand jury indicted Lauren Creekmore Peabody on two counts of election fraud, said Circuit Court Clerk Tina Sinnen. The crime is a felony punishable by one to 10 years in prison and a $2,500 fine.

VaNews May 7, 2019


Candidates in 2nd Congressional District race disagree on health care

By JACK JACOBS, Daily Press (Metered Paywall - 1 article a month)

One of the most closely watched races in the House of Representatives pits two Navy veterans with different visions for health care against each other. Republican Scott Taylor, a freshman representative and former Navy SEAL, seeks to defend his seat in the 2nd Congressional District against Elaine Luria, a Norfolk businesswoman and former Navy commander, in the midterm election on Nov. 6.

VaNews October 27, 2018


Democrats: Scrub candidate from ballot over fake signatures

Associated Press

Democrats in Virginia on Thursday accused Republican campaign staffers in a competitive congressional race of faking the signatures of at least 17 voters to help put an independent candidate on November’s ballot. Democratic party officials said the “blatant fraud” committed by staffers working for Republican U.S. Rep. Scott Taylor is an effort to split the Democratic vote in Virginia’s 2nd Congressional District.

VaNews August 10, 2018


Rep. Taylor cuts ties with campaign consultant

By PATRICK WILSON, Richmond Times-Dispatch (Metered Paywall - 25 articles a month)

Rep. Scott Taylor said Tuesday that he had severed ties with his campaign consultant after learning about allegations of forged signatures in petitions gathered by his campaign staff. Also Tuesday, a special prosecutor was assigned to investigate petitions gathered by Taylor’s staff to help get an independent candidate on the November ballot.

VaNews August 8, 2018


Dead man's signature among those collected by congressman's staff

By PATRICK WILSON, Richmond Times-Dispatch (Metered Paywall - 25 articles a month)

A Hampton Roads widow said she’s hurt and confused about how her late husband’s signature ended up on a ballot petition that staff for Rep. Scott Taylor, R-2nd, gathered for another candidate. Another woman said she moved from Virginia Beach to Nevada, where she’s been registered to vote since 2014, and has no idea how her name ended up on a petition a Taylor staffer gathered.

VaNews August 7, 2018