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LYNCHBURG, Va. – Too close to call! 

The contentious Republican primary race between Trump-backed candidate John McGuire and powerful incumbent Rep. Bob Good (R-Va.) in Virginia’s 5th Congressional District became a nail-biter Tuesday night as only about a half percentage point separated the two.

McGuire, a state senator endorsed by former President Donald Trump last month, held the slimmest of leads over Good, the powerful House Freedom Caucus chairman, nearly four hours after polls closed.

His 50.23% to 49.77% advantage over the GOP hardliner would be narrow enough for Good to request a recount, paid for by the state.

McGuire held the slimmest of leads over Good — about half a percentage point — nearly four hours after polls closed. Victoria Churchill for New York Post

Good would also be able to request a recount — but have to pay for it — if the margin were to expand to between .5% and 1%.

As election returns came in — swinging the race back and forth late into the night — a mood of nervous anticipation filled the room at McGuire’s campaign watch party where the candidate spent most of the night backstage.

McGuire came out only once, early in the night, to check the microphone on stage.

McGuire received the coveted endorsement of former President Donald Trump last month. CQ-Roll Call, Inc via Getty Images

Campaign advisers and supporters scurried behind the two American flags and the curtains behind the stage several times as the race shifted between McGuire leading, then trailing and then leading again, presumably to check on the 55-year-old former Navy SEAL. 

The watch party, held at The Virginian Hotel in Lynchburg — one of the nicest in the city — drew around three dozen McGuire supporters, eager to hear a victory speech, which may not come in the tight race.

Good is the chairman of the House Freedom Caucus. Getty Images

Meanwhile, Good, 58, is hoping to avoid becoming the first incumbent to lose to an outside challenger this election cycle.

He has represented the Fifth District, which includes the cities of Charlottesville and Lynchburg, since 2021.

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