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Posted at 10:23 AM ET, 11/22/2010

Defeated Nye says he's 'considering running again'

By Ben Pershing

Three weeks after his loss to auto dealer Scott Rigell (R), Rep. Glenn Nye (D-Va.) says he's already mulling whether to mount a bid to reclaim the seat in 2012.

"I'm still considering running again," Nye told The Virginian-Pilot. "I think there's some things that took place in this election which indicated a strong possibility of my being able to win in 2012. But I don't feel the need to rush a decision."

Nye won the 2nd congressional district -- which includes Virginia Beach, the state's Eastern Shore and portions of Norfolk and Hampton -- in 2008, ousting incumbent Rep. Thelma Drake (R) by 5 points. Two years later, Nye fell to Rigell by 11 points, making him one of three Virginia Democrats, along with Reps. Rick Boucher and Tom Perriello, to lose their seats amid a national GOP wave.

In many swing districts around the country, defeated Democrats are being eyed to run again in 2012, when President Obama will be atop the ballot and Democratic turnout is expected to be better. That could well be the case in the 2nd district, which Obama won narrowly in 2008.

But even if Democrats do have a shot at beating Rigell in 2012, it's not clear whether everyone in the party would coalesce around Nye as the best candidate to make that effort. Some liberal Democrats, particularly African-Americans, were put off by Nye's votes against Obama's signature legislative initiatives, including health-care reform and climate change. Election analysts have suggested that many of those voters stayed home on Nov. 2, helping to explain why Nye lost by such a wide margin. By contrast, in the similarly conservative 5th district, Perriello lost by just 3 points to GOP state Sen. Robert Hurt.

By Ben Pershing  | November 22, 2010; 10:23 AM ET
Categories:  Ben Pershing, Election 2012, Glenn Nye, Scott Rigell  
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