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Kaine Makes Bold Prediction

Tim Craig

Gov. Timothy M. Kaine (D) is boldly predicting that Democrats will pick up at least two GOP-held congressional seats in Virginia this year.

In an interview on WTOP, Kaine said he expects that Fairfax County Board of Supervisors Chairman Gerald E. Connolly (D) will win the seat of retiring U.S. Rep. Tom Davis (R-Va.). Considering the Democratic tilt of Davis's Northern Virginia district, Kaine's prediction on that race isn't much of a surprise.

But Kaine said he also expects that either GOP Reps. Frank Wolf, Virgil Goode or Thelma Drake will be unseated next week. Of those races, Drake would appear to be the most threatened incumbent due to the demographics of her Tidewater district, but Goode is also locked in a tough fight with Democrat Tom Perriello in Southside.

"They are all races that are doable depending on the size of the Obama turnout," Kaine said. "In all of those districts, strong Democratic turnout should help the challengers. I think we will win at least two and maybe more."

By Tim Craig  |  October 28, 2008; 11:52 AM ET
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