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RNC Congratulates Wittman

Tim Craig

Republican National Chairman Robert M. "Mike" Duncan said voters "sent a strong statement to Washington" today by electing Del. Robert J. Wittman's (R-Westmoreland) over Democrat Philip Forgit in the 1st District congressional race.

Wittman got 61 percent of the vote in a Republican-leaning district that includes all or part of 18 counties, including Prince William and Fauquier. The vacancy in the 1st District occurred after U.S. Rep. Jo Ann Davis (R) died of breast cancer in October.

"Rob Wittman won because he isn't interested in playing the partisan Washington game that Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid have engaged in over the last year," Duncan said. "He's interested in getting things accomplished for the people of Virginia."

Though Wittman was widely expected to win, his decisive margin could temper talk among Democrats that Virginia is turning blue. Forgit, who received 37 percent of the vote, fared even worse among 1st District voters than Sen. John F. Kerry (D-Mass) did in the 2004 presidential race. But Forgit performed slightly better than Democrat Shawn O'Donnell did in his matchup against Davis in 2006, although just 16 percent of registered voters showed up to vote today.

By Tim Craig  |  December 11, 2007; 8:59 PM ET
Categories:  Election 2007 , Election 2008/Congress , Tim Craig  
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