It's all (almost) over but the shouting in Virginia, which played host to four competitive congressional contests this cycle and a few more that were worth watching. Now that we've had all of 36 hours to digest the numbers, here are five interesting questions that emerged from the results.
| November 4, 2010; 12:21 PM ET |
Categories: 2010 Virginia Congressional Races, Ben Pershing, Election 2010, Gerald E. Connolly, Glenn Nye, James P. Moran Jr., Keith Fimian, Morgan Griffith, Pat Herrity, Rick Boucher, Rob Wittman, Robert Hurt, Scott Rigell, Tom Perriello
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Gov. Bob McDonnell (R) and Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli (R) have made last-minute pitches for their preferred candidates in today's Republican congressional primaries. McDonnell sent an e-mail to supporters in the 2nd district yesterday to remind them that he has endorsed his longtime friend Scott Rigell in the Virginia Beach primary. "I've known Scott personally for decades, and know that in Congress he will be a strong partner as we work together to cut out-of-control federal spending, create jobs, keep our military strong and bring accountability to Washington. Scott has solid business sense -- something we desperately need right now in our nation's leadership," McDonnell wrote in the e-mail, which was paid for by his political action committee Opportunity Virginia. The winner will face Democratic Rep. Glenn Nye in the fall. Meanwhile, Cuccinelli did an automated call to homes in Virginia's 11th district Monday evening, touting his endorsement of Keith...
| June 8, 2010; 4:53 PM ET |
Categories: Glenn Nye, Keith Fimian, Ken Cuccinelli, Pat Herrity, Robert F. McDonnell, Rosalind Helderman, Scott Rigell, Tom Perriello
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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...
If we had any doubts about who staunch conservatives were backing in the Republican primary in the 11th congressional district, we don't anymore. Keith Fimian has picked up the endorsement of Jeff Frederick, the former chairman of the Virginia Republican Partywho was ousted last year despite strong support from social conservatives across the state. The former state delegate is hosting his first event for Fimian on Friday night in Woodbridge, and Fimian's campaign is sending out a letter from Frederick in the coming days. "Keith is a successful small businessman who has literally created hundreds of jobs -- just the kind of leader we need today,'' Frederick writes to supporters. "Plus, unlike others in this race, he is the opposite of a typical Washington Republican/politician -- which is exactly the kind of person we need representing us." In an interview, Frederick praised Fimian -- who stood by Frederick during his...
A new round of fundraising reports shed light Thursday on the state of Virginia's three most competitive Republican congressional primaries, as candidates in the June 8 contests were required to lay out the state of their finances. The pre-primary reports -- covering April 1-May 19 -- filed with the Federal Election Commission showed: • In the 11th district contest in Fairfax and Prince William counties, Oakton businessman Keith Fimian maintained his financial edge over Fairfax County Supervisor Pat Herrity in their battle to take on Rep. Gerald Connolly (D) in November. Herrity outraised Fimian for the seven-week period, taking in a total of $162,000 to Fimian's $107,000. But Fimian had $406,000 left in the bank as of May 19, compared to $96,000 for Herrity. Connolly, who is already the Democratic nominee for reelection, awaits the GOP winner with a whopping $1.1 million war chest....
| May 28, 2010; 10:59 AM ET |
Categories: 2010 Virginia Congressional Races, Ben Loyola, Ben Pershing, Gerald E. Connolly, Glenn Nye, Jim McKelvey, Pat Herrity, Robert Hurt, Scott Rigell, Tom Perriello
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With less than two weeks left until the June 8 primary, Oakton businessman Keith Fimian is on the air with a new ad attacking Fairfax County Supervisor Pat Herrity in their fight for the Republican nomination in the 11th Congressional District. Fimian, who is seeking a rematch with freshman Rep. Gerald Connolly (D) after losing to him by 12 points in 2008, has spent a good portion of the primary campaign criticizing Herrity for his record on the Board of Supervisors, particularly on tax issues. Fimian's latest spot -- his second television ad of the campaign -- continues that theme. The spot shows Herrity declaring, "I have never voted to raise the taxes of the homeowners," and then looks to contradict that claim by noting that Herrity did vote to raise property tax rates last year by 13 percent. And the ad cites other instances where Herrity's votes resulted...