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Herrity confirms race against U.S. Rep. Connolly

Fairfax County Supervisor Pat S. Herrity (R-Springfield) said Wednesday he will seek the Republican nomination against first-term Democratic U.S. Rep. Gerald E. Connolly (D-Va.), as Republicans and Democrats in Northern Virginia begin to ramp up efforts for the contest.

Herrity, 49, an accountant whose father was chairman of the Fairfax Board in the 1970s and '80s, made the announcement at the Springfield District Government Center.

Republican officials had pressured Herrity to announce his bid soon or risk falling behind in fundraising. Herrity's entrance into the race sets up a Republican primary battle with Keith Fimian, a wealthy Oakton businessman who has pledged to stay in the contest regardless of Herrity's decision. Fimian, 53, ran against Connolly in 2008 and lost 55-43.

Through the end of September, Fimian reported $269,000 in cash on hand, according to federal campaign finance records, and he recently received the endorsement of House Minority Whip Eric Cantor (R-Va.).

The prospect of a GOP primary fight has excited some party loyalists who see it as an indication that the victor will be a tough opponent for Connolly, said Anthony Bedell, chairman of the Fairfax County Republican Committee.

-- Derek Kravitz

By Christopher Dean Hopkins  |  January 13, 2010; 11:38 AM ET
Categories:  2010 Virginia Congressional Races , Derek Kravitz , Election 2010 , Gerald E. Connolly  
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Comments

We all know how well having a primary contest did for the Democratic Party in 09. It really united the party behind the winning candidate. NOT.

Posted by: sensible | January 13, 2010 2:47 PM | Report abuse

Just what we need: either an accoutant or a wealthy businessman. I feel better already.

Posted by: jckdoors | January 13, 2010 3:46 PM | Report abuse

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