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Kaine Calls Special Election

Anita Kumar

Gov. Timothy M. Kaine today set a special election Dec. 11 to replace U.S. Rep. Jo Ann Davis (R-Va.), who died Oct. 6 of breast cancer.

The successor will serve the remaining year of Davis' term and would have to seek re-election next fall.

At least a half-dozen Republicans, including Davis' widower, Chuck Davis, and former Loudoun County Del. Dick Black, have announced plans to run or indicated an interest in the vacancy.

Because of the critical issues facing our nation and the need for continued and uninterrupted constituent services, it is important that the residents of the First District have representation in Congress soon," Kaine said in a statement. "We have worked in a responsible and bipartisan way with the Office of the Attorney General, the State Board of Elections, local registrars and the leaders of both major political parties to ensure that this special election can be conducted as quickly as state and federal election laws allow."

The 1st District has 448,000 registered voters in all or part of 18 counties including Prince Williiam and Fauquier.

By Anita Kumar  |  October 23, 2007; 12:02 PM ET
Categories:  Anita Kumar , Election 2007 , Timothy M. Kaine  
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Does anyone know the voting history of this District? Is it reliably Republican, or have the Democrats been able to be competitive there? Also, have any Democrats announced?

Posted by: andrew | October 23, 2007 3:42 PM | Report abuse

It's reliably Republican, Mrs. Davis held it from 2000 until her death, but she never had a credible opponent. The district is large and spreads from Fredericksburg/Woodbridge down to Williamsburg and Newport News. The military presence is strong and Mrs. Davis was an advocate for military issues. That being said, this is a possible--but very difficult--pickup opportunity for Democrats, esp. if they can get their turnout up in a poorly-attended special election. Caroline County, Fredericksburg, and James City County are all places that voted for Kaine and Webb and could aid a Democrat such as Phil Forgit, a teacher and Naval Reservist who narrowly lost a race for the state legislature back in 2003. Still, Forgit--or any Democrat--will have an uphill climb and would need state and federal Democrats to pour money in.

Posted by: M | October 23, 2007 4:12 PM | Report abuse

I suspect Sherwood Bowditch, a Republican from Gloucester, will have a very strong showing. He's got the backing of many inside the party structure and has made it clear he'll target the military bases.

Posted by: Anonymous | October 23, 2007 8:30 PM | Report abuse

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