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UPDATED: Democrat wins Fairfax House race as unofficial count shows 37-vote lead

Democrat Eileen Filler-Corn, a Northern Virginia lobbyist who tried unsuccessfully a decade ago to win a spot in the General Assembly, on Tuesday narrowly defeated Republican Kerry D. Bolognese in a special election to represent central Fairfax County in the state House of Delegates.

Filler-Corn had 5,758 votes Tuesday night to Bolognese's 5,721. Because the margin is less 0.5 percentage points, the state would pay for the recount.

This is the second gut-wrenching loss for Bolognese in six months. The Republican lost to then-Del. David W. Marsden by about 200 votes out of nearly 21,000 cast in November, when the two were running for the same state House seat. Tonight's election was to fill the House seat Marsden vacated to change chambers in Richmond.

Update: House Minority Leader Ward Armstrong and Democratic Caucus Chairman Ken Plum issued the following statement: "Eileen Filler-Corn ran an excellent campaign centered on the importance of fully funding education, and it's clear that the voters of Fairfax County agreed with her. With difficult budget decisions facing the General Assembly in its closing weeks, Eileen's presence in Richmond will help ensure that our public schools are given the attention they deserve."

By Derek Kravitz  |  March 2, 2010; 9:03 PM ET
Categories:  House of Delegates  
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I hope this lead holds because Bolognese is really creepy.

Posted by: mortified469 | March 2, 2010 9:16 PM | Report abuse

Bolognese may appear creepy, but his looks pale by comparison to putting another liberal democrat in any elected office anywhere.

Posted by: AWWNats | March 2, 2010 9:18 PM | Report abuse

A liberal Democrat would be worse if our state wasn't controlled by conservative Republicans, who also suck. Power to the middle and everyone cancelling each other so that we don't create 10,000,000 new laws each year.

Posted by: rocotten | March 2, 2010 10:32 PM | Report abuse

I saw Filler-Corn today at her campaign office in Burke. She and SEIU Core (ACORN) use the same office. I have to wonder why? I hope the recount kicks her to the curb.

Posted by: noVAfamily | March 3, 2010 1:14 AM | Report abuse

noVAfamily--SEIU is a union does not have any offices in Burke. The local branch has no connection with ACORN, other than its mother organization gave financial donations to the non profit. It has been statistically determined that 100% of the US public--including you--have acquaintances who have friends that gave donations to ACORN, so all on the other side of the ticket share the same guilt of association to ACORN. Indeed, a quick look on VPAP shows that Bolognese took money from groups and candidates that have accepted funds from lobbyists and people that have also given donations to liberal causes!

However, if your concern about whether or not Filler-Corn's reputation is reduced by the volunteers who show up at her office, that leaves even more me puzzled... What were you doing there and just what kind of ethical conduct did you represent on behalf of Republicans (and Bolognese) when you spent election day in a Democratic candidate's campaign office?

Posted by: ViennaBelle | March 3, 2010 7:06 AM | Report abuse

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