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Fimian will concede defeat to Connolly in 11th district

By Ben Pershing
Ben Pershing

This post has been updated to include a statement on Rep. Connolly's health.

Republican Keith Fimian will concede defeat Tuesday in the congressional race in Virginia's 11th district, paving the way for Rep. Gerald Connolly (D) to serve a second term in the seat.

Fimian's campaign has said only that he plans to release a statement about his plans Tuesday, and had not responded to a request for further comment as of this posting. But two sources familiar with Fimian's decision confirmed that he would concede the race, choosing not to ask for a recount.

Connolly leads Fimian by 981 votes -- or .4 percent of all votes cast -- according to the Virginia state board of elections site. That margin entitles Fimian to ask for a recount after state election officials certify the results Nov. 22, but operatives from both parties who monitored the vote-counting process in the week since Election Day said they saw no glaring flaws in the numbers, and no clear path that would enable Fimian to make up the difference in a recount.

Fimian's loss marks his second consecutive one at the hands of Connolly. The founder of the home-inspection company U.S. Inspect, Fimian was a political novice until he ran for the 11th district seat -- which includes most of Fairfax County and part of Prince William County -- in 2008, losing to Connolly by 12 points.

The 2010 rematch was a much closer affair, and Connolly's narrow escape makes him the only one of four targeted Democrats in Virginia to survive the cycle. Democratic Reps. Rick Boucher, Glenn Nye and Tom Perriello all fell to Republican challengers in what turned out to be a broad GOP victory across the state and the country. A handful of other House races remain unresolved elsewhere in the nation.

Connolly, for his part, already had claimed victory in the race and urged Fimian not to pursue a recount.

Connolly, meanwhile, was hospitalized last week for a condition that his campaign did not specify at the time. In a statement released Monday night, Connolly's campaign spokesman shed more light on the subject.

"Congressman Gerry Connolly has been released from the hospital and is resting comfortably at home," the statement said. "During a routine exam by his physician late last week, Congressman Connolly experienced some discomfort and he checked into the hospital for some tests. While hospitalized, he was treated for a blood clot in an artery. All functions are now normal and he is prepared to go back to work for the people of Northern Virginia. Before returning to his Fairfax home, he stopped at his congressional district office in Annandale Monday to meet with staff."

By Ben Pershing  | November 8, 2010; 8:03 PM ET
Categories:  2010 Virginia Congressional Races, Ben Pershing, Election 2010, Gerald E. Connolly, Keith Fimian  
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Comments

Connelly is still living on borrowed time, the 11th district is going to have to expand into Prince William & Loudoun Counties and you can bet dollars to doughnuts that the Dems in the state senate aren't going to kill themselves to save a 2nd term D when their own majority is going to face a vicious challenge in '11. Best bet his Connolly's best precinct will move into Jim Moron (no typo)'s 8th district and Connolly will decide to run for soon-to-be-SecDef-or-retiring Jim Webb's senate seat.

Posted by: estuartj | November 8, 2010 9:17 PM | Report abuse

George Allen would crush Connolly in a Senate race by the way, but if you're going to get fired anyway, why not try for a promotion!

Posted by: estuartj | November 8, 2010 9:19 PM | Report abuse

prince william and loudon are attracting better educated people and as a result are becoming bluer everyday. of course the dems will defend one of their only strongholds in the entire state.

no way connolly is allowed to run for the senate. serious lack of charisma there.....

Posted by: stevie2 | November 8, 2010 11:21 PM | Report abuse

The 900 votes Gerry Connolly won by is the result of an elaborate vote buying scam instituted by Connolly when he was the Fairfax County Supervisor. Connolly’s plan, which has been continued by Sharon Bulova, was to increase the number of low income housing in Fairfax County. Everyone knows that when low income folks vote…they overwhelmingly vote democrat.

Posted by: priveye | November 9, 2010 5:12 AM | Report abuse

Amazing- in an overwhelmingly liberal DIstrict that it was such a close race. We almost threw him out- we will fire him next time even without redistricting. He is just another schill for the Obama and Pelosi.

Posted by: rveatch | November 9, 2010 6:38 AM | Report abuse

If the VA Republican party had backed Herrity this race would have been a slam dunk for them. Next time, I hope!

Posted by: jiboo | November 9, 2010 6:49 AM | Report abuse

Connolly is and always has been a socilist arrogant tyrant who loves to tax and spend and support the anarchy of the illegal alien "culture of corruption" in NoVA.

It is very sad that he fails to represent 49.9% of the people in the District in which he was barely elected to serve.

Posted by: Patriot12 | November 9, 2010 7:28 AM | Report abuse

Connolly is and always has been a socilist arrogant tyrant who loves to tax and spend and support the anarchy of the illegal alien "culture of corruption" in NoVA.

It is very sad that he fails to represent 49.9% of the people in the District in which he was barely elected to serve.

Posted by: Patriot12 | November 9, 2010 7:28 AM | Report abuse

Connolly is and always has been a socilist arrogant tyrant who loves to tax and spend and support the anarchy of the illegal alien "culture of corruption" in NoVA.

It is very sad that he fails to represent 49.9% of the people in the District in which he was barely elected to serve.

Posted by: Patriot12 | November 9, 2010 7:29 AM | Report abuse

rveatch; Grow UP.

Posted by: ggant | November 9, 2010 7:41 AM | Report abuse

Well, at least you guys are half right. The 11th is tricky turf for a Democrat to navigate. However, let's talk about the elephant in this room. For the last two elections Keith Fimian has been tiptoeing around the fact that he has a number of affiliations among right wing religious zealots - Tom Monahan among others - whose agenda is wholly theocratic. I hate to throw mud your way, Keith, but you real intention was to legislate a reactionary non-secular agenda as opposed to your so-called conservative values. This wasn't lost on a lot of voters and you ended up losing to a candidate who could have easily been beaten by someone with a more secular agenda.

Posted by: Tom-Fairfax | November 9, 2010 7:50 AM | Report abuse

rveatch; Grow UP.

Posted by: ggant | November 9, 2010 8:06 AM | Report abuse


It doesn't matter which party sponsors him, Connolly is owned by special interests.

The only person he represents is himself and whoever is writing the checks.

Posted by: postfan1 | November 9, 2010 8:08 AM | Report abuse

Why do Republicans always act childish and make derogatory remarks when they cannot win a debate on the issues?

Posted by: InnovativeThinker | November 9, 2010 8:13 AM | Report abuse

Classy move Keith Fimian. Gerry, keep smoking so the clots get another chance, loser...

Posted by: FedUp8 | November 9, 2010 8:16 AM | Report abuse

I'm glad it's over. Now, could they please go out and clean up all their campaign signs all over Centreville!

Posted by: pjsmith1 | November 9, 2010 8:17 AM | Report abuse

Classy move Keith Fimian. Gerry, keep smoking so the clots get another chance, loser...

Posted by: FedUp8 | November 9, 2010 8:18 AM | Report abuse

Wow, the little Republican cockroaches are really crawling out of the woodwork this morning! Gerry Connolly, in only one term, has become one of the most well-respected members of Congress.

I find it MOST interesting that some of the cockroaches seem to think it is somehow a fraudulent bit of "vote buying" to work to ensure that people who are not wealthy are also not homeless. Strange view, that.

I expect to see right-wing morons behaving as morons, but what still puzzles me is why the Post refused to call this election for Connolly until now. It was close but not THAT close, and there are no allegations of any kind of miscounting or other irregularities in the vote. They called a lot of closer elections than this after all the votes, including absentee ballots and provisional ballots, had been counted already by the morning after.

The idea that "Fimian has a right to ask for a recount" doesn't cut it. Connolly should have been called the winner on Wednesday morning when that last precinct (a Connolly stronghold) straggled in.

Posted by: FergusonFoont | November 9, 2010 8:50 AM | Report abuse

Sorry, FedUp8 -- the only LOSER here is Fimian and people like you who support him. Fimian can't even beat a freshman democrat in a supposedly conservative state in an election where the Repuke party bought its way to victory across the country? That's the definition of LOSER.

Speedy recovery, Congressman Connolly. The 11th District, Virginia, and the USA need your guidance and hard work now more than ever, now that the lunatic fringe has taken over the House...

Posted by: gr8day4bsbll | November 9, 2010 9:10 AM | Report abuse

Fimian lost to a very vulnerable Connolly who to be kind, didn't sparkle in the task. He did less for us than even Tom Davis who seemed to think he represented DC not Fairfax, and devoted most of his efforts conniving to keep his absurdly unqualified girlfriend/wife viable in state politics. We've been without real representation in this district for so long, I'm not sure we even need any. Is there no one qualified for this job?

Posted by: NICKYNUNYA | November 9, 2010 9:27 AM | Report abuse

Amen to the request for Connolly and Fimian to remove their campaign signs. To a great extent, Moran, Murray and Wolf did, but Connolly especially has not. Probably reflects his arrogance. May take some arm-twisting by responsible Democrats to get Connolly and his staff to clean up what now is campaign trash.

Posted by: Anton23 | November 9, 2010 9:33 AM | Report abuse

FergusonFoont and gr8day4bsbll, you've obviously never had to actually work with Connolly. Regardless of ideology or opponent, Connolly is the most glaring example of career politician I've personally dealt with; always looking for the campaign donation and very condesending to his constiuents. If I had to describe him in one word, it would be phony.

Posted by: joemdavis55 | November 9, 2010 9:37 AM | Report abuse

Fimian was not the best candidate.

Connolly hopefully will get the message that enough is enough with the spending.

The pathetic thing is that with all the talented and intelligent people in this area - those are the only two we can come up with for representation?

Posted by: asdf9876 | November 9, 2010 9:48 AM | Report abuse

Posted by: priveye
"The 900 votes Gerry Connolly won by is the result of an elaborate vote buying scam instituted by Connolly when he was the Fairfax County Supervisor. Connolly’s plan, which has been continued by Sharon Bulova, was to increase the number of low income housing in Fairfax County. Everyone knows that when low income folks vote…they overwhelmingly vote democrat."
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Faifax county still has the highest income of any Virginia county and Connolly won there by a larger m than the rest of the district.

I know I amnd my whole family voted for Connolly, with eavh of the three household making 6 figures. Fimian has fallen down the religious right's well. I would much rather loose a litte bit of my money than all my personal rights as a gay woman.

Posted by: schnauzer21 | November 9, 2010 10:15 AM | Report abuse

Love all the tea bagger fantasy speculation about Connolly's future prospects.

Sorry folks but the 2010 vote was older, more conservative and less diverse than 2008. When we have a Presidential race in 2012 with Obama at the top of the ticket, do you really believe the vote composition, clearly favorable to a republican challenger, will be the same. Even with some juggling of precincts before the 2012 contest, the "bluer" trend in the outer burbs (which now include PW and Loudoun) will continue.

2010 was the year to pick off the 11th Congressional District but the republicans chose someone out of touch with the Northern Virginia electorate. Fimian might work in Va Beach, Roanoke or the Shenendoah Valley - but not in NoVa.

Posted by: SadHoo | November 9, 2010 10:48 AM | Report abuse

Can all you Fimian ass kissers please click the "submit" button only once?

I support the pick up the signs comment also! I travel from Fairfax to McLean & I mostly see Fimian posters. I don't care whose signs they are as long as they are gone soon!

Posted by: LadeM | November 9, 2010 11:09 AM | Report abuse

Connolly's district is heavy on federal employees and contractors. After the GOP tries to cut contractor spending and furlough federal employees do you really think the district is going to go red?? The guy in the crosshairs is going to be Frank Wolf, not Gerry Connelly.

Posted by: asterix9t9 | November 9, 2010 11:17 AM | Report abuse

Connolly's district is heavy on federal employees and contractors. After the GOP tries to cut contractor spending and furlough federal employees do you really think the district is going to go red?? The guy in the crosshairs is going to be Frank Wolf, not Gerry Connelly.

GOP blew it, they should have nominated Herrity.

Posted by: asterix9t9 | November 9, 2010 11:17 AM | Report abuse

Fimian was the wrong guy for Republicans to run, that is for sure. The guy is a bit of a right wing nut and that doesn't play well with Fairfax Democrats and independents. His position on abortion, "packing heat" at Virginia tech and opposition to health insurance reform (which really does regulate health insurance policies for the benefit of the premium paying public) is out of step with Fairfax county voters.

Posted by: fairfax66 | November 9, 2010 3:44 PM | Report abuse

Connolly didn't win this race as much as Fimian lost it by being on the far right. A moderate Republican would have won the district. The 11th district is not the place to be boasting Kentucky style values. As is, I know a lot of folks who voted for Connolly not so much because they supported him but because they were afraid of what Fimian would do if handed the reigns.

Posted by: Constantine26 | November 9, 2010 3:58 PM | Report abuse

True statements from Constantine26. I certainly didn't vote for Connolly as much as I used my ballot to reject Fimian and his religious nutjobs. I could have flipped a coin and cast a vote for one of the independents but I was afraid the margin would swing toward Fimian.
I was tempted to not vote at all but I need more than 2 unqualified contenders on the ballot to shirk my duty to vote.

Posted by: NICKYNUNYA | November 9, 2010 4:36 PM | Report abuse

True statements from Constantine26. I certainly didn't vote for Connolly as much as I used my ballot to rejecting Fimian and his religious nutjobs. I could have flipped a coin and cast a vote for one of the independents but I was afraid the margin would swing toward Fimian.
I was tempted to not vote at all but I need more than 2 unqualified contenders on the ballot to shirk my duty to vote.

Posted by: NICKYNUNYA | November 9, 2010 4:37 PM | Report abuse

Come on about the sign removal complaints... I think Connelly's team did a great job of removing Fimian signs the Saturday night before the election... Braddock road was practically cleared

Posted by: BruceFairfax | November 9, 2010 10:50 PM | Report abuse

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