Thomas Milde

Del. Bob Thomas, R-Stafford (left) lost to Paul Milde

A Virginia Republican lawmaker who voted to expand Medicaid lost his seat to a primary challenger.

Del. Bob Thomas lost to Paul Milde Tuesday in a GOP primary.

Thomas is one of three Republican lawmakers who voted for Medicaid expansion last year and faced a nomination battle this year. Milde blasted Thomas for that vote.

Thomas was heavily funded by top GOP House lawmakers.

The Fredericksburg-area seat is expected to be heavily contested during the November election and could help determine if Republicans can maintain their slim majority in the House of Delegates.

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