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Democrats Target More Va Congressional Races

Anita Kumar

National Democrats announced today that they will provide assistance to two more congressional races in Virginia this November. That brings the number in the state to four.

Judy Feder, who is running against Rep. Frank Wolf in Northern Virginia, and Rep. Tom Perriello, who is runninng against Virgil Goode in the southern part of the state, were placed in the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee's "Red to Blue" program, which directs assistance to Democratic challengers across the nation.

They were chosen because they surpassed fundraising goals and showed "voters that they stand for change and will represent new priorities when elected to Congress."

"The candidates for change being named to the DCCC Red to Blue program are running solid campaigns and are committed to making things easier for middle class families in their districts," said Rep. Chris Van Hollen, DCCC chairman. "With less than 100 days to make their case for change to voters in their districts, the Red to Blue program will give these candidates the financial and structural edge to be even more competitive in November."

The committee already had included two races in Virginia in the program: Gerry Connolly, who is running to replace retiring Rep. Tom Davis (R) in Northern Virginia and Glenn Nye, who is running against U.S. Rep. Thelma Drake in Hampton Roads.

A total of 44 candidates across the nation are in the program. Inclusion ensures the races will get national exposure and financial, communications and strategic support from the party.

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  |  August 1, 2008; 12:51 PM ET
Categories:  Anita Kumar , Election 2008/Congress , Frank R. Wolf , Thomas M. Davis III  
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