Riggleman condemned the convention, which was postponed because of the corona virus since spring of this year, as a corrupt process that disenfranchised district GOP voters. For security reasons, around 3,500 delegates were asked to drive in front of the church in Lynchburg to cast votes between 8:30 p.m. and 7:00 p.m.
After the convention closed, but before the results were announced, Riggleman said his campaign had received non-specific reports of “voting irregularities” and “ballot papers”.
“We are currently considering all of our options,” said Riggleman tweeted late Saturday evening.
In Virginia, district party committees can decide whether to select their candidates in the primaries or at congresses that are open to a much smaller number of voters.
The district, which stretches from Washington DC to the North Carolina border, leans towards Republicans. President Donald Trump won it in 2016 with 11 points and Riggleman beat his democratic opponent by 7 points in the medium term.
The House Democrats plan to contest the seat and will hold their own area code on June 23.
Riggleman is the third house to be rejected in 2020, along with representatives Dan Lipinski (D-Ill.) And Steve King (R-Iowa), who lost the primaries earlier this year.