Monday, September 20, 2010

Fall Elections 2010 - #2155 - Too Close to Call in Virginia Congressional Race: Will Tea Party Help or Hurt Republican Challenger - Fox News

Midterm elections are just weeks away and outside Washington, DC the race for a Congressional seat in a competitive district of Virginia is heating up. Located in Virginia's 2nd district, the race pits Republican candidate Scott Rigell against Congressman Glenn Nye, a freshman Democrat. Rigell has mounted what is shaping up to be a successful campaign against Nye, in a race that is now considered a toss up according to the latest Real Clear Politics estimate. Nye's district, which has long trended Republican, voted him into office in 2008 with a 52 to 48 percent win over his incumbent challenger, Thelma Drake. Going up against Nye this time around is local business owner Scott Rigell, who, while not endorsed by the Tea Party, has signed a pledge authored by a local Tea Party chapter, something he hopes will bolster his campaign between now and election day. If last week's win for Christine O'Donnell in Delaware's GOP Senate primary is any indication, Rigell can expect to gain momentum from aligning himself with Tea Party principles. After distancing himself from the Tea Party earlier in his campaign, Rigell defended his decision to sign on to a local Tea Party pledge Sunday on Fox News, saying "the pledge was to the people of the second district [of Virginia]" and that the values "in the pledge are core values" he's held all his life.  Read more.......  Article contributed by Steve Peters.

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