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A good night for the GOP establishment in Virginia

The National Republican Congressional Committee has gotten the candidates it wanted in both of Virginia's most competitive races, Scott Rigell in the 2nd district and Sen. Robert Hurt in the 5th district. Both candidates dispatched large fields of opponents convincingly enough for the races to be called by 8:10 p.m. Whether Hurt's win will end up causing problems down the line is an open question -- one tea party candidate has promised to oppose him as an independent. In the 11th district, businessman Keith Fimian has won the right to a rematch with Rep. Gerry Connolly (D-Va.).

Chris Cillizza judges this as bad news for tea partyers. That's fair -- months and months of attacks on Rigell and Hurt led to a result you could have predicted nine months ago.

There's some minor bad news for Republicans -- minor in the sense that their chances of winning the race in November are very, very slim -- in Virginia's 8th district. Matthew Berry, an openly gay FCC lawyer who'd attracted some national attention, went down to a narrow defeat at the hands of Iraq War veteran Patrick Murray. Berry outspent and outraised Murray roughly 2-1, but was hit by late mailers attacking his stances on gay issues. That's a disappointment to some GOP strategists who'd hoped Berry could run at least an interesting race in a solidly blue district.

By David Weigel  |  June 8, 2010; 8:11 PM ET
Categories:  2010 Election  
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