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Posted at 11:50 AM ET, 11/ 9/2010

Fimian concedes race to Connolly

By Washington Post editors


Republican Keith Fimian conceded defeat Tuesday in the congressional race in Virginia's 11th district, paving the way for Rep. Gerald Connolly (D) to serve a second term in the seat.

Fimian issued his concession statement via a news released that said in part : "After much discussion with friends and supporters, I have decided not to pursue a recount and not to further investigate possible discrepancies in the election results. Therefore I congratulate Congressman Connolly on his victory and send him good wishes as he moves forward to do the people's business. For me, today is the end of this campaign."

Connolly led Fimian by 981 votes -- or .4 percent of all votes cast -- according to the Virginia state board of elections site. That margin entitled Fimian to ask for a recount after state election officials certify the results Nov. 22, but operatives from both parties who monitored the vote-counting process in the week since Election Day said they saw no glaring flaws in the numbers, and no clear path that would enable Fimian to make up the difference in a recount.

Fimian's loss marks his second consecutive one at the hands of Connolly. The founder of the home-inspection company U.S. Inspect, Fimian was a political novice until he ran for the 11th district seat -- which includes most of Fairfax County and part of Prince William County -- in 2008, losing to Connolly by 12 points.

Connolly, meanwhile, was hospitalized last week for a condition that his campaign did not specify at the time. In a statement released Monday night, Connolly's campaign spokesman shed more light on the subject.

It's official: Republican Keith Fimian has conceded the race for Virginia's 11th congressional district, paving the way for Rep. Gerald Connolly (D) to serve a second term.

In a statement released Tuesday, Fimian said that after discussion with friends and supporters he had decided not to pursue a recount.

Connolly was leading Fimian by 981 votes, according to the Virginia state board of elections.

Connolly had already claimed victory over Fimian on Friday.

Stay with the Virginia Politics blog for more details.

By Washington Post editors  | November 9, 2010; 11:50 AM ET
Categories:  Virginia  
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all we can hope is that connolly goes to the hospital and passes...otherwise, we are all in for more tax increases and wasteful government spending.

Posted by: OldSalt8 | November 9, 2010 2:34 PM | Report abuse

People forget that TARP started it all and that the biggest bank failures have all come with republican presidents.

I would rather have people try and do something to help the economy than do nothing in eight years and watch it derail!

Posted by: Badger21 | November 9, 2010 3:05 PM | Report abuse

I cannot believe oldsalt8's wishing for Gerry Connolly's death. That is a silly comment and demonstrates the crazy, cantakerous and abusive approach taken by so many Fimian supporters.

I encountered this at the Obama rally at George Mason University last summer as well. Fimians people formed a gauntlet of abusive demonstrators against health reform. A gauntlet through which rally attendees along with young children had to endure. Loud taunts and silly signs made me wonder what kind of guy is Fimian with this kind of supporter.

That cured me of any desire to see Fimian end up in Congress. Shame on you guys!

Posted by: fairfax66 | November 9, 2010 3:30 PM | Report abuse

Fimian was a dirty campaigner, so good riddance to him.

Now, can you guys pick up your signs from the roadways?

Posted by: ennepe68 | November 9, 2010 7:10 PM | Report abuse

Fimian was dirty - good riddance.

Now to both Fimian and Connolly: Can you get your signs out of the roadways now? I am sick of looking at them.

Posted by: ennepe68 | November 9, 2010 7:16 PM | Report abuse

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