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DCCC Reserves Airtime in DC Market

Tim Craig

The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee has reserved $1.3 million of airtime to run ads this fall in Northern Virginia's increasingly Democratic 11th congressional district, according to party officials.

Democrat Gerald E. Connolly, the chairman of the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors, is running against Republican Keith Fimian to replace retiring U.S. Rep. Tom Davis (R-Va.).

National Democrats are optimistic they can pick up Davis's seat, but President Bush won the 11th District by 2,000 votes in 2004, which could indicate a competitive congressional race this fall.

In all, the DCCC has reserved airtime in 31 districts nationwide, according to a report on Politico's website. The DCCC does not appear to be reserving airtime for any other Virginia race, despite suggestions from some Democrats that GOP Reps. Thelma D. Drake, Virgil Goode and Frank R. Wolf could also be in for tough races this year. But a DCCC official notes those races could be added to future television buys.

By Tim Craig  |  July 11, 2008; 1:41 PM ET
Categories:  Election 2008/Congress , Tim Craig  
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Comments

I'll say one thing about the DCCC, and Senator Barack Obama... they have ambition, and they can smell the sweet smell of victory only three months away!

Obamaniac/Ultra-Liberal/Realist

Posted by: Gary Reginald Dodge | July 11, 2008 11:49 PM | Report abuse

One thing Obama has that Kerry didn't have is Warner & Connolly helping the ticket in the 11th.

Obama-Clinton-Warner-Connolly beats McCain-Powell-Gilmore-Fimian handily in the 11th.

Posted by: ticket bootstraps | July 14, 2008 8:58 AM | Report abuse

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