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In the 11th: Hunt Out, Fimian Up

Amy Gardner

Steve Hunt, the former Fairfax County School Board member, has decided to withdraw his name from consideration for the Republican nomination in the 11th Congressional District in Northern Virginia.

That leaves Keith Fimian, a successful Oakton business owner favored by U.S. Rep. Thomas M. Davis III (R-Va.), who will retire from the 11th at the end of this term.

Hunt's withdrawal is good for Fimian, who can focus on raising money for the general election, which is likely to be tough. Although held by a Republican now, the 11th District has leaned increasingly Democratic in recent elections. Four candidates are vying for the Democratic nomination: former congresswoman and state senator physical therapist Lori P. Alexander and Leslie L. Byrne, Fairfax Board of Supervisors Chairman Gerald E. Connolly and neighborhood activist Douglas J. Denneny.

Hunt acknowledged in a message to Republicans that he did not want to hurt the GOP's chances in November.

"Mounting a campaign right now would be very divisive for the Republican Party at a time when we really need to come together to defend this critical congressional seat," Hunt wrote. "Those of us who believe in limited government, family values and a return to open and honest administration of the laws do not need a divided party that hands this seat to Leslie Byrne. United we can prevail, divided we will lose. I will continue to work hard, as I have for the last 12 years, to support the Republican team and will look for future opportunities to serve my community."

By Amy Gardner  |  February 8, 2008; 12:49 PM ET
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Comments

Amy, are you ever going to tell us that Gerry Connolly is officially in the race for this seat?

After all, the article in yesterday's Metro Section had your byline on it.

Posted by: NoVA | February 8, 2008 6:57 PM | Report abuse

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