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Rep. Boucher: I'm running for re-election

Amy Gardner

Democratic U.S. Rep. Rick Boucher of Virginia's 9th Congressional District issued a statement a moment ago declaring unequivocally that he will seek re-election this year.

Speculation had mounted in recent days that Boucher might bow out, given the national atmosphere, the increasingly Republican leanings of his district and the potential for a competitive challenge from a well-known Republican such as Morgan Griffith, the majority leader in the Virginia House of Delegates.

Boucher had tried to tamp down speculation a few days ago with a statement to Politico that he always announces later in the year -- but that, when he does announce, he wouldn't be surprising anyone. But apparently it wasn't enough. Here's the statement he issued this morning:

"I am planning to seek re-election. I have given no consideration to retiring. While I never make political announcements this early in the year, due to the press inquires we are receiving, it is time to remove any doubt anyone has about my intentions."

If only Boucher had an opponent, we could start talking about what should be a hotly contested midterm election.

By Amy Gardner  |  January 27, 2010; 11:11 AM ET
Categories:  2010 Virginia Congressional Races , Election 2010  | Tags: 9th Congressional District, Congress, Democrat, Morgan Griffith, Republican, Rick Boucher, midterm elections  
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