Today the fifth dealer challenging for a seat in Congress gets his test with primary voters. Right now, it looks good for Scott Rigell, striving to become the Republican nominee in Virginia's 2nd District.
Rigell, with the backing of Virginia's Republican governor, is widely reported to be the front-runner in the race. In recent weeks, he's been criticized by his opponents for selling vehicles under last year's Cash for Clunkers program and donating $1,000 to Barack Obama's presidential primary campaign in 2008.
If he wins today, Rigell will join at least three other Republican dealer challengers in the November election: Mike Kelly in Pennsylvania; and Tom Ganley and Jim Renacci in Ohio.
A fifth dealer challenger, Bob Thomas in Indiana, lost his primary race in May. But he has a second chance after the winner of that race, incumbent U.S. Rep. Mark Souder, resigned after a sex scandal. Republicans in Indiana's 3rd District will determine their nominee at a June 12 caucus.