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On primary day, a weary Herrity shows up to work

Derek Kravitz

Hand it to Fairfax County Supervisor Pat Herrity -- he's showing up.

Nursing what he called a "bad cold" and running on a few hours of sleep, Herrity (R-Springfield) was at the Fairfax County Government Center for Tuesday's regularly-scheduled board meeting on arguably the biggest day of his political career thus far -- a Republican primary race against Oakton businessman Keith Fimian in Virginia's 11th congressional district.

Herrity submitted two board matters -- legislative items prepared by supervisors and their staffs -- but was noticeably green and hoarse. "Bad cold -- shook a few too many hands and had a few too hours of sleep," he wrote in an e-mail from the dais.

It is expected to be a long day for the Republican supervisor (and not because of what is expected to be a tight race against Fimian). Herrity will vote with his 17-year-old son Sean (who will be 18 by Nov. 2) at 3:30 p.m., and a campaign party is slated for 7:30 p.m. at Brion's Grille in Fairfax.

Because Herrity has to attend to his day job today, he is using surrogates to help get out the vote. At the Greenspring retirement community in Springfield, Herrity's wife and mother were expected to appear to tout his candidacy. Fimian was scheduled to appear in person.

Polls close at 7 p.m. but results from Fairfax and Prince William counties aren't expected to start trickling in until later on in the evening.

Nearly everyone is anticipating a close race between Herrity, a supervisor first elected in 2007, and Fimian, who was unsuccessful in the 2008 general election against U.S. Rep. Gerald E. Connolly (D-Va.).

The Post's Ben Pershing in his pre-election roundup said it will "probably be the closest race on Tuesday's ballot. It has also been one of the nastiest contests in the commonwealth." Congressional Quarterly dubbed it the "most competitive primary" in the state and Isaac Wood, a staffer at the University of Virginia's Center for Politics, told the National Journal that a "conservative can win this seat" in November against Connolly.

RealClearPolitics went so far as to name Virginia's 11th as one of the top five "under-the-radar" races.

By Derek Kravitz  |  June 8, 2010; 11:14 AM ET
Categories:  2010 Virginia Congressional Races , Election 2010 , Keith Fimian , Pat Herrity  
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Perhaps Mr. Herrity is trying to make up for all the meetings he has missed. NO crying in politics! It is a tough road tough it out!

Posted by: fairfaxgoper | June 8, 2010 12:55 PM | Report abuse

Keith Fimian just left Greenspring. Pat Herrity's wife and mother arrived at the community shortly after Fimian.

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