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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, 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."

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By Ben Pershing  |  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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Mom should have vetoed the name Krystal. It's really dumb to saddle a poor child with that name...and not at all clever.

Posted by: itsme1 | May 10, 2010 6:00 PM | Report abuse

Krystal Ball? WTF? Who in his right mind would do that to a kid?

Posted by: waterfrontproperty | May 10, 2010 10:41 PM | Report abuse

Like a lamb to the slaughter she will get destroyed in November.

Posted by: zcxnissan | May 11, 2010 12:56 AM | Report abuse

Even better -- she goes by her maiden name of Ball rather than her married name.

She's a total flake who has been holding fundraisers in NYC at lewd puppet shows. Seriously.

Posted by: JTR555 | May 11, 2010 1:12 PM | Report abuse

At 28, she lacks depth to represent the 1st district. Her credentials are essentially limited to having graduated from the University of Virginia. Perhaps some time spent serving on a local governing body would help to expand her experience and ability to represent an extremely diverse district.

Posted by: SavingGrace | May 11, 2010 1:14 PM | Report abuse

Krystal Ball. Bwaaaahaaaaa. Didn't she used to be a stripper at clubs in DC?

Posted by: checkered1 | May 11, 2010 2:17 PM | Report abuse

The immaturity of the comments here are a ready testament to why we need more young people, and young mothers like Ms. Ball, in Congress...our education system is atrocious, as these pathetic comments so ably demonstrate.

This young woman is exactly what Congress needs. She's got smarts, thus far appears totally incorruptible, and she has the drive and capacity to make the kind of difference that has been "cynicized" out of the incumbent and around 50% of his brethren. Go get 'em Krystal!

Posted by: actoon | May 12, 2010 5:05 PM | Report abuse

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