Monday, November 1, 2010

Virginia 5th District Race - #2356- Virginia Congressional Races Closely Watched for Signs of GOP Gains - Richmond Times-Dispatch

Republicans are poised to make large gains in Congress on Tuesday, and several Virginia races could be key to their success. Two days before the midterm elections, Virginia's political landscape is much the same as when the congressional campaigns started. Four contests are up in the air -- in the 5th District in Southside, the 2nd District in Hampton Roads, the 9th District in Southwest Virginia and the 11th District in Northern Virginia. Virginia remains a bellwether state, watched by Republican and Democratic officials alike for signs of a Republican landslide. High on the GOP target list is Rep. Tom Perriello, D-5th, who has been trying to beat back a challenge from state Sen. Robert Hurt under the glare of a national spotlight. Independent Jeffrey A. Clark also is on the ballot.  In the course of a hard-fought campaign, Perriello has gone from dishing out doughnuts to the overnight shift at a Martinsville hospital to sharing the stage with President Barack Obama on Friday night in Charlottesville. It was the only campaign rally Obama held this season for a lone member of the House.

Today and tomorrow, Gov. Bob McDonnell, Lt. Gov. Bill Bolling and Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli campaign with Hurt in Charlottesville, Lynchburg and Danville.  The GOP leaders are taking part in get-out-the-vote rallies with the Republican candidates in all four of Virginia's tightly contested House contests.  As national polls indicate that Republicans have the enthusiasm leading into Tuesday's elections, polls in the 5th District show Hurt has the edge.  Read more........
Article contributed by Steve Peters.

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