Monday, August 29, 2011

Virginia State Elections 2011 - #3205 - Conservatives Win Big in Virginia GOP - Human Events

For Virginia Republicans, last night was Act One in a drama they hope will conclude this fall with an increase in their majority in the state House of Delegates and a pickup of the two seats they need to control the 40-member state senate. In the key contested primaries for nomination in key legislative races, the winners were, almost to a nominee, stalwart conservatives on economic as well as cultural issues.  Republican rule of both houses of the Virginia legislature would have an impact on politics nationwide, particularly with regard to the national profile of GOP Gov. Bob McDonnell. Like John Kasich of Ohio, Scott Walker of Wisconsin and other Republican governors whose party controls the senate and house of representatives in their respective states, McDonnell would be in an even stronger position to advance the sweeping conservative agenda he spelled out to HUMAN EVENTS earlier this year.......In some of the races, the Republican nomination process set the stage for classic ideological shootouts with liberal Democrats in the fall.  In the Northern Virginia-based 36th District, for example, former Delegate and State Party Chairman Jeff Frederick was a landslide winner over more moderate opponent Tito Munoz.  Frederick now faces arch-liberal State Sen. Toddy Puller, widow of the late Pulitzer Prize-winning author and Vietnam veteran Lewis Puller Jr.  Frederick has long been active in the conservative movement and his wife, Amy, is the head of the Sixty Plus Seniors Association that has been in the forefront of efforts to kill the death tax.

Veteran State Delegate Dave Nutter handily won the Republican nomination in the 21st District (Roanoke) and will face veteran Sen. John Edwards this fall.  In the neighboring 22nd District, Louisa County Commonwealth’s Attorney Tom Garrett won a tight race for the Republican nomination and will face Lynchburg Vice Mayor Bert Dodson in November.  Both races are similar to the Frederick-Puller contest:  Conservative stalwarts—Nutter was backed by the National Rifle Association, Garrett is a favorite of the Lynchburg Tea Party—squaring off against strong liberal Democrats.  Read more.......

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