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Virginia Politics Blog Archive: Election 2008/Congress

Perriello Wins House Seat

The State Board of Elections certified Virginia's Nov. 4 election results, which includes a win for Democrat Tom Perriello over Rep. Virgil H. Goode Jr., a longtime incumbent in southern Virginia. Goode has not conceded the close race and has 10 days to ask for a recount. Calls to his spokesman were not immediately returned. "The citizens of the fifth district have spoken, every vote has been counted and certified, and they have elected Tom Perriello to be their new representative in Washington to bring the change and economic recovery they need,'' said Jessica Barba, a Perriello spokeswoman.....

By Anita Kumar  |  November 24, 2008; 12:10 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (11)
Categories:  Anita Kumar , Election 2008/Congress  
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Connolly wins

We're calling the 11th Congressional District, with 75 percent of precincts reporting. As results came in, Connolly maintained his edge, holding onto 52 percent of the vote....

By Kristen Mack  |  November 4, 2008; 10:27 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Election 2008/Congress , Gerald E. Connolly , Kristen Mack  
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Early returns in Congressional races

8:25 In the closely-watched 11th Congressional District, the race is tight. Democrat Gerald E. Connolly (D) had 50 percent to Republican Keith S. Fimian's 47 percent, with 8 percent of precincts reporting. Fimian, a successful business owner, lacks the name-recoginition of Connolly, chairman of the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors. But Fimian appears to be holding his own in early returns. Democrats are counting on Connolly's popularity and the changing demographics of Northern Virginia, which has increasingly trended blue, to support a win. 8:15 p.m. In Virginia's 8th District, Democrat James P. Moran had a commanding lead over low-profile newcomer Republican Mark W. Ellmore. With 10 percent of precincts reporting, the nine-term incumbent Moran held a 67 percent advantage over Ellmore's 30 percent. 7: 54 p.m. It's very early, but Republican incumbent Frank R. Wolf appears to have a strong lead over Democrat Judith M. Feder in the 10th Congressional...

By Kristen Mack  |  November 4, 2008; 8:25 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Election 2008/Congress , Gerald E. Connolly , Kristen Mack  
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Wolf Campaign Apologizes for Staffer who Struck Feder Worker

Rep. Frank R. Wolf's campaign is apologizing this morning for the actions of a congressional staffer, who apparently struck a campaign worker for opponent Judy Feder after a candidate's forum in Winchester Friday. The incident was caught on tape and posted on the blog www.raisingkaine.com last night by Feder's paid blogger, Lowell Feld. According to both camps, the two Feder staffers, one carrying a video camera, approached Wolf and peppered him with questions. Dan Scandling, Wolf's campaign spokesman, said the two workers had been "circling" Wolf, his wife Carolyn and congressional staffer Ben Dutton, and asking aggressive questions in an attempt to provoke an angry response....

By Sandhya Somashekhar  |  October 27, 2008; 11:51 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (63)
Categories:  Election 2008/Congress , Frank R. Wolf , Sandhya Somashekhar  
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Va Republicans Try to Boost Membership

In an effort to boost the army of Republican volunteers who make calls and knock on doors, Attorney General Robert F. McDonnell and Lt. Gov. Bill Bolling, who are running for governor and lieutenant governor next year, challenged local parties to double their membership over several months. The results are in: Fifty-four of the 124 cities' and counties' parties met or exceeded the goal. At least thirty-two units increased membership but fell short of the goal. Total, the exercise added more than 3,000 new members to the party, according to the Republican Party of Virginia....

By Anita Kumar  |  October 8, 2008; 11:22 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  Anita Kumar , Bill Bolling , Election 2008/Congress , Election 2008/President , Election 2008/U.S. Senate , Election 2009 , Robert F. McDonnell  
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Webb Hits the Campaign Trail

Sen. Jim Webb, who is not exactly known for his love of campaigning, starting stumping today for fellow Democrats running for election next month. This week, he is appearing at events for Gerry Connolly, Fairfax County Board chairman who is running for Congress; former governor Mark R. Warner, who is running for U.S. Senate; and Tom Perriello, who is running against Rep. Virgil Goode in a south central district stretching from Charlottesville to Danville. Next week, he will campaign for Judy Feder, who is running against Rep. Frank Wolf in Northern Virginia and Glenn Nye, who is running against Rep. Thelma Drake in Hampton Roads. He will also participate in an event for Democratic senate candidates with D.C. Mayor Adrian Fenty and make a two-day swing through Southwest Virginia for Democratic presidential nominee Barack Obama. Webb, elected in 2006, has been criticized by some constituents and party activists for his...

By Anita Kumar  |  October 7, 2008; 2:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  Anita Kumar , Election 2008/Congress , Election 2008/President , Election 2008/U.S. Senate , James Webb  
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Older Entries in This Category »

New Spanish Radio Ads Start in Virginia, Anita Kumar , October 2, 2008
Feder on TV, Sandhya Somashekhar , August 27, 2008
Drake to Speak at Republican Convention, Anita Kumar , August 26, 2008
Webb Will Arrive in Denver Today, Tim Craig , August 25, 2008
Virginia Democrats Target McCain's Wealth, Tim Craig , August 22, 2008
GOP Finds Issue in Warner Speech, Tim Craig , August 20, 2008
Templeton Gives Va GOP $80,000, Tim Craig , August 17, 2008
Another Democrat Will Run Against Wittman, Anita Kumar , August 6, 2008
Democrats Target More Va Congressional Races, Anita Kumar , August 1, 2008
Democrats Press Fimian on Social Issues, Tim Craig , July 24, 2008
Coordinating Va Democrats: No Simple Task, Washington Post editors , July 23, 2008
Connolly Claims Big Lead Over Fimian, Tim Craig , July 17, 2008
Campaign Finance Information, Tim Craig , July 15, 2008
DCCC Reserves Airtime in DC Market, Tim Craig , July 11, 2008
Democratic Challenger Drops Out Of Race, Anita Kumar , July 3, 2008
Kaine Lands Another $100,000 Plus Donor, Tim Craig , July 2, 2008
Kaine Credits Gilmore's Political Skills, Tim Craig , June 27, 2008
Virginia GOP Has New Director, Tim Craig , June 27, 2008
Democrats Aim for Seat in Hampton Roads, Anita Kumar , June 19, 2008
Van Hollen Helps Feder Raise Money, Tim Craig , June 17, 2008
Organizers Coming to a Door Near You, Tim Craig , June 17, 2008
Convention Recap, Tim Craig , June 15, 2008
Connolly Wins 11th District, Kristen Mack , June 10, 2008
Did You Vote Today?, washingtonpost.com editors , June 10, 2008
Turnout Worse Than Expected on Primary Day, Amy Gardner , June 10, 2008
Walter Curt Heads Up GOP Fundraising, Tim Craig , June 9, 2008
John Warner Donates $2,000 to Gilmore, Tim Craig , June 6, 2008
The Fallout from Frederick's Win, Tim Craig , May 31, 2008
Byrne Outraised Connolly in April, May, Tim Craig , May 30, 2008
Judy Feder Passes $1 Million Mark, Tim Craig , May 28, 2008
Big Donors Boost Kaine's Fundraising, Tim Craig , May 27, 2008
A Byrne Poll in the 11th, Amy Gardner , May 21, 2008
Cheney to Speak to Virginia GOP, Tim Craig , May 19, 2008
Nye Says He's Competitive With Drake, Tim Craig , May 15, 2008
Warner Given Warning About Black Vote, Tim Craig , May 15, 2008
Republicans Try to Build the Party, Anita Kumar , May 8, 2008
Eric Cantor for Vice President?, Tim Craig , April 23, 2008
Costly Battles for Congress on the Horizon, Tim Craig , April 16, 2008
Fimian Rolls Up Big Bucks, Bill Turque , April 16, 2008
Connolly Still Leads the Money Race, Amy Gardner , April 14, 2008
Connolly Up 20 Points in Poll, Steve Fehr , April 9, 2008
Judy Feder has $700,000 in Campaign Cash, Tim Craig , April 7, 2008
Cranking Out the Endorsements in the 11th, Bill Turque , March 27, 2008
Denneny Decries 11th District Squabbling, Bill Turque , March 19, 2008
Connolly Brings on the Green on St. Pat's Day, Bill Turque , March 14, 2008
VoteVets.org Will Endorse Doug Denneny, Tim Craig , March 12, 2008
Connolly Far Ahead, His Poll Shows, Amy Gardner , March 10, 2008
Webb Endorses Byrne, Tim Craig , March 6, 2008
Perriello-Goode Race Takes Shape, Tim Craig , March 4, 2008
Fairfax Budget Gets Political in a Hurry, Bill Turque , February 27, 2008
Hurst Endorses Connolly, Steve Fehr , February 21, 2008
Feder's Fat Wallet, Sandhya Somashekhar , February 16, 2008
EMILY'S List Endorses Leslie Byrne, Tim Craig , February 4, 2008
Tim Hugo on Run For Congress: "We'll See", Tim Craig , January 31, 2008
Is The Race On?, Amy Gardner , January 29, 2008
Will He or Won't He?, Amy Gardner , January 29, 2008
GOP Chairman Ready to Take on Frederick, Tim Craig , January 23, 2008
Connolly Rallies Democratic Family, Steve Fehr , January 23, 2008
Boucher Says Obama Can Win Rural Vote, Tim Craig , January 21, 2008
Boucher Will Endorse Obama Today, Tim Craig , January 21, 2008
Winners & Losers, Tim Craig , January 18, 2008
Power Struggle on the Fairfax Board, Bill Turque , January 16, 2008
Bolling Endorses Party Registration, Tim Craig , January 15, 2008
Feder Building Campaign Warchest, Steve Fehr , January 15, 2008
DCCC Not Looking to Virginia for Gains, Tim Craig , December 20, 2007
Wolf Opponent Quitting Her Job, Sandhya Somashekhar , December 18, 2007
Connolly and the "11th Congressional Arena", Bill Turque , December 13, 2007
Kaine Rebuffed by DCCC, Tim Craig , December 12, 2007
RNC Congratulates Wittman, Tim Craig , December 11, 2007
Winners and Losers, Anita Kumar , December 7, 2007
Doug Denneny Gets Big Name Backer, Tim Craig , December 4, 2007
Winners and Losers From the GOP Advance, Tim Craig , December 3, 2007
Is Sen. Warner Still Unsure About Gilmore?, Anita Kumar , November 19, 2007
Radio Discussion on Virginia Politics, Tim Craig , November 16, 2007
Doug Denneny Kicks Off Campaign for Congress, Tim Craig , November 15, 2007
Corey Stewart Won't Run for Congress, Tim Craig , November 12, 2007
Rep. Cantor Likes House -- For Now, Tim Craig , November 7, 2007
Byrne Officially Enters the Race for Congress, Anita Kumar , November 7, 2007
Connolly and LBJ, Continued, Steve Fehr , October 17, 2007
Voters like Kaine, Warner but not Assembly, Tim Craig , October 17, 2007
Feder's Fund-Raising Prowess, Sandhya Somashekhar , October 3, 2007
 
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