Fimian concedes race to Connolly
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.
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