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."
March 2, 2010; 9:03 PM ET
Categories: House of Delegates
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