Does Krystal Ball see a future representing Virginia in Congress?
Democrats looking to unseat Rep. Rob Wittman (R) in Virginia's 1st district have picked a candidate they hope will have a bright future -- Krystal Ball.
Running as "a fresh voice for Virginia," Ball has been the presumptive nominee to take on Wittman since the other Democrat in the contest, Scott Robinson, dropped out in late March. Democrats in the 1st district -- which stretches from Fauquier County south past Williamsburg to Poquoson on the Chesapeake Bay -- officially handed Ball the nomination at their local convention this weekend.
"Proud to officially be Dem nominee after today's convention," Ball said on her Twitter feed Sunday.
Ball, 28, runs an educational software company with her husband and has never been a candidate for political office before. For a novice, her fundraising has been prolific: As of April 18, Ball had raised $521,000 (including $76,000 in personal loans to her campaign) and had $134,000 in the bank.
Wittman's war chest is significantly larger. As of March 31, Wittman had raised $719,000 and had $452,000 in reserve. Wittman faces a Tea Party candidate -- Catherine Crabill -- in the June 8 Republican primary, but Crabill appears not to have raised enough money to report her fundraising to the Federal Election Commission.
After winning the seat in a 2007 special election to replace the late Rep. Jo Ann Davis (R), Wittman was reelected in 2008 with 57 percent of the vote. Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) won the 1st district in the 2008 presidential race, 51 percent to 48 percent.
As for Krystal Ball's distinctive name, InsideNoVa.com explains it thusly: "Her father has a doctorate in physics and did his dissertation on crystals. So after her mother named older sisters Heidi and Holly, it was dad's turn."
May 10, 2010; 3:24 PM ET
Categories: 2010 Virginia Congressional Races , Ben Pershing | Tags: Jo Ann Davis, John McCain presidential campaign 2008, Krystal Ball
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