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Fimian wins in Fairfax race to face Connolly

Ben Pershing

9:30 p.m.: Derek Kravitz reports from Herrity's election night party at Brion's Grille in Fairfax:

Herrity conceded at 8:53 p.m.

"I entered this race to retire Gerry Connolly, fire Nancy Pelosi and retake the Hill and I remain committed to that goal," said Herrity, who was noticeably nursing a cold.

Herrity retold stories of his public service and pledged to continue working for his Fairfax County constituents.

"Tomorrow I will return to being the conservative voice of the Board of Supervisors," he said.

8:57 p.m.: Murray has been declared the winner over Berry in the 8th district, meaning we now have a full slate of Republican nominees. Bring on the general election!

8:31 p.m.: Car dealer Scott Rigell has won in the 2nd district, according to the AP, meaning we now know all the winners except for in the 8th district, where Matthew Berry and Patrick Murray are still neck-and-neck for the right to face Rep. James P. Moran. Rigell didn't exactly run away with his race in the Hampton Roads area. With 65 percent of precincts reporting, he had 39 percent of the vote. But his opposition was split, with Loyola and Mizusawa each earning over 20 percent.

8:11 p.m.: The AP has called the 11th district race for Keith Fimian, setting up a rematch of the 2008 race between him and freshman Rep. Gerald Connolly (D). With 64 percent of precincts reporting, Fimian had a 21 percentage point lead over Pat Herrity, whose campaign has to be viewed as a disappointment by his supporters. Herrity entered the contest with a well-known name in local politics and an appealing profile, but he never could match Fimian in the fundraising department and had to fend off whithering attacks on his voting record. Now, watch for Connolly to argue Fimian is too conservative for the centrist district, just as he did in 2008.

8:00 p.m.: The marquee races are becoming clearer as more results come in, as Keith Fimian, Robert Hurt and Scott Rigell have opened up measurable leads in their respective primaries. The AP has called the 5th district contest for Hurt, the establishment favorite, who has a 20-point lead over Jim McKelvey with 74 percent reporting. With 40 percent reporting in the 11th district, Fimian has a surprising 24-point lead over Herrity. And in the 2nd district, national party favorite Scott Rigell has 47 percent of the vote, while Ben Loyola and Bert Mizusawa have 23 percent and 21 percent, respectively with 45 percent reporting. Rigell, like Hurt, will have to work to unite Republicans in his district after a rough primary.

7:30 p.m.: The Associated Press is already projecting that Rep. Rob Wittman is the winner in the 1st district primary over Catherine Crabill. Well, that was fun. We'll still be watching to see how many votes the eccentric Crabill gets. With 47 percent of precincts reporting, Wittman leads 89 percent to 11 percent.

7:25 p.m.: A note on these early results: it's impossible to read too much into these initial numbers, either because they're too small or because we don't know which precincts have reported and which haven't. For example, with 27 percent of precincts reporting in the 5th district, Robert Hurt leads Jim McKelvey by a fairly narrow 7 points. Does that mean the race will stay this close all night, or have strong McKelvey regions been reporting early? Too soon to tell. Similarly, Keith Fimian has a whopping 25-point lead over Pat Herrity in the 11th district. But with only 10 percent of precincts reporting, the number isn't worth much. So stay tuned.

7 p.m.: The polls have closed in Virginia and the results are starting to trickle in from the five congressional districts holding Republican primaries. Some winners could become clear very soon, while other races might not be decided until the wee hours. We'll keep updating this post as more information comes in. It's not like you've got anything else to watch tonight, right?

By Ben Pershing  |  June 8, 2010; 8:15 PM ET
Categories:  2010 Virginia Congressional Races , Ben Pershing , Election 2010  
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Posted by: itkonlyyou108 | June 8, 2010 8:54 PM | Report abuse

"Fimian is too conservative for the centrist district" (VA 11th).. All Fimian has do is draw attention to Connolly's lock step voting record with Pelosi! Connolly's been walking the plank for months..

Posted by: genbarlow | June 8, 2010 9:28 PM | Report abuse

Herrity sent out tons of direct mail bashing Fimian and stating his platform in ridiculous partisan rhetoric like "repeal Obamacare." Not going to work in this well-educated district. If not for the last name, I would've thought he was new to the area.

Negative campaigns have been failing in Virginia for years. Kilgore, Jim Hyland ... Leslie Byrne, too. We're smarter than that. Politicians need to pick up on that sometime.

Pity that the Democrats couldn't come up with someone a little less full of himself than Connolly, but those are the breaks.

Posted by: BDVienna | June 8, 2010 9:40 PM | Report abuse

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