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Can Hillary Save Jeannemarie?

Tim Craig

State Sen. Jeannemarie Devolites Davis (R-Fairfax) thinks U.S. Sen. Hillary Clinton (D-NY) is saving her reelection campaign against Democrat J. Chapman "Chap" Petersen.

Davis and Petersen are locked in one of the closest, most heated contests in the state, the outcome of which could determine whether the Democrats retake the state Senate.

In an interview with the Associated Press, Davis said her campaign is rebounding because Clinton's presidential bid is helping to energize moderate Republicans into supporting GOP candidates for the state legislature in the Nov. 6 election.

"She is a very polarizing figure and in her own way she is moving Republicans back to the Republican way of voting," Davis told the AP.

But Davis is seeking reelection in a district that voted for Sen. John F. Kerry (D-Mass) in the 2004 presidential election.The 34th district, which includes parts of Vienna and Fairfax City, also supported Gov. Timothy M. Kaine (D) in 2005 and Sen. James Webb (D-Va) over Republican George Allen in last year's Senate race.

If the 2008 presidential contest was held today, would Clinton beat the Republican nominee in the 34th district?

If the answer is yes, Davis could be in a lot of trouble come Election Day.

By Tim Craig  |  October 8, 2007; 9:09 AM ET
Categories:  Election 2007 , Tim Craig  
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