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Democrats Aim for Seat in Hampton Roads

Anita Kumar

Here's more evidence that national Democrats are looking to pick up a congressional seat in Virginia's Hampton Roads this November.

Glenn Nye, the Democratic candidate running against U.S. Rep. Thelma Drake, was placed in the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee's "Red to Blue" program, which directs assistance to Democratic challengers across the nation.

"As a part of the Red to Blue program, we look forward to the growth of support from individuals in the district and around the country," Nye said. "Being on the Red to Blue presents our campaign with a great opportunity to get out our message of real results and independent leadership to the people of Virginia."

The inclusion ensures Nye's candidacy will get national exposure and financial, communications and strategic support from the party. Already this week, House Majority Whip Jim Clyburn campaigned for Nye in Virginia.

The 2nd District, which includes the Virginia Beach area and part of the Eastern Shore, leans Republican, with its influx of military voters. Drake was targeted for defeat in 2006, but she won reelection with 51 percent of the vote, despite the Democratic tide that year.

The Red to Blue program helped raise $22.6 million for 56 campaigns in 2006 when Democrats won control of the U.S. House.

By Anita Kumar  |  June 19, 2008; 8:29 AM ET
Categories:  Anita Kumar , Election 2008/Congress  
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