All 11 Virginia seats to the United States House of Representatives
The 2010 congressional elections in Virginia were held November 2, 2010, to determine who will represent the state of Virginia in the United States House of Representatives. Representatives are elected for two-year terms; those elected served in the 112th Congress from January 2011 until January 2013.
Primary elections were held on June 9, 2010.
|United States House of Representatives elections in Virginia, 2010|
|Party||Votes||Percentage||Seats Before||Seats After||+/-|
|Republican||Rob Wittman (inc.)||135,564||63.87|
|Independent Greens||G. Gail Parker||2,544||1.20|
Republican incumbent Rob Wittman was challenged by Democratic nominee Krystal Ball, a 28-year-old accountant and businesswoman. Independent Green candidate Gail "for Rail" Parker (campaign site, PVS), businesswoman, retired U.S. Air Force officer, and Vice Chair of the Independent Green Party of Virginia, was also on the ballot.
In the Republican primary, Wittman won against self-described Tea Party movement member Catherine Crabill. Crabill's candidacy had been controversial due to her statements that the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution was intended to help citizens protect themselves from tyranny. and that citizens may have to turn from the ballot box to the bullet box. In 2009, Wittman and Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell refused to endorse her for the Virginia House of Delegates. McDonnell spokesman Tucker Martin stated, "It's absolutely wrong for any candidate of any party to refer to the actions of the President of the United States and members of the United States Congress as 'domestic terrorism,' and to threaten to resort to violence if one fails to prevail in elections." Crabill refused to retract her remarks, saying "Those are my convictions." Wittman voted against the Emergency Economic Stabilization Act of 2008 during the financial crisis, against economic stimulus packages, and against the Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act of 2010, so had been deemed by some commentators to be difficult to get to the right of. But there was also deemed to be good reason for Wittman to worry about the primary's outcome, given the anti-government mood of the country. Wittman defeated Crabill with approximately 90% of the vote.
|Democratic||Glenn Nye (inc.)||70,591||42.45|
|Republican gain from Democratic|
Rigell won the Republican primary election over four other businessmen: Ed Maulbeck, Ben Loyola, Army Brigadier General Bert Mizusawa, former Navy SEAL turned local business owner Scott Taylor, and Jessica Sandlin, a single mother of 5 native to Virginia Beach. Bert Mizusawa raised more money than any candidate in the last two periods, and was considered a frontrunner. Businessman Rigell was the other frontrunner, receiving major endorsements from Thelma Drake, and Bob McDonnell's daughter.
|Democratic||Robert C. Scott (inc.)||114,754||70.01|
|Independent||John D. Kelly||2,039||1.24|
Democratic incumbent Bobby Scott was challenged by Republican nominee former JAG Chuck Smith (campaign site, PVS) of Virginia Beach, Libertarian James Quigley (campaign site, PVS) of Hampton, and Independent John Kelly (campaign site, PVS).
Scott has run unopposed in five of the last six elections in what is considered a "safe" Democratic district. The district's current configuration dates to 1993, when the Justice Department ordered Virginia to create a majority-minority district.
|Republican||Randy Forbes (inc.)||123,659||62.33|
Forbes was first elected to the House in 2001 to fill a vacancy caused by the death of ten-term Democratic Congressman Norman Sisisky. Forbes defeated Democratic State Senator Louise Lucas 52-48% that year. He ran unopposed by Democrats in 2002 and 2006.
|Democratic||Tom Perriello (inc.)||110,562||46.99|
|Republican gain from Democratic|
In 2008, Perriello defeated Republican incumbent Virgil Goode. Goode did not seek a rematch in 2010, although he said several Conservative groups asked him to run on a pro-Tea Party ticket, due to their dissatisfaction with the Republicans.
Hurt won the primary election over six other candidates: Republican activist Feda Kidd Morton, private real estate investor Laurence Verga, Albemarle County Supervisor Ken Boyd, businessman Ron Ferrin, Jim McKelvey from Franklin County, and Michael McPadden. Perriello faced no opposition in the Democratic primary.
|Poll Source||Dates Administered||Tom Perriello (D)||Robert Hurt (R)||Jeffrey Clark (I)||Undecided|
|Survey USA||September 28, 2010||35%||58%||4%||3%|
|Benenson Strategy Group||September 21, 2010||44%||46%||4%||5%|
|Global Strategy Group||September 7, 2010||42%||44%||6%||7%|
|Survey USA||September 2, 2010||35%||61%||2%||2%|
|American Action Forum||August 12, 2010||43%||49%||-||8%|
|Survey USA||July 20, 2010||35%||58%||4%||3%|
|Public Policy Polling||February 5-10, 2010||44%||44%|
|Republican||Bob Goodlatte (inc.)||127,487||76.27|
Jeff Vanke of Roanoke ran as an Independent, citing endorsements by the Modern Whig Party, American Centrist Party and Independent Green Party of Virginia, and received 13% of the vote.
|Republican||Eric Cantor (inc.)||138,209||59.22|
|Independent Greens||Floyd Bayne||15,164||6.50|
Incumbent Republican Congressman and U.S. House Minority Whip Eric Cantor sought a sixth term and faced no primary opposition. Rick Waugh (campaign site, PVS) was the Democratic nominee, and Floyd C. Bayne (campaign site, PVS) was the Independent Greens of Virginia and Tea Party supported candidate. Tea Party-supported independent candidate Herb Lux (campaign site) had his emergency appeal to the United States Supreme Court turned aside on October 1, 2010, and so did not appear on the ballot.
|Democratic||Jim Moran (inc.)||116,404||61.03|
|Republican||Jay Patrick Murray||71,145||37.30|
|Independent Greens||J. Ron Fisher||2,707||1.42|
Democratic incumbent Jim Moran was challenged by Republican nominee Jay Patrick Murray, a retired United States Army Colonel, and Independent Green Party nominee Ron Fisher (campaign site, PVS), a retired U.S. Navy captain.
Moran ran for re-election for an 11th term, and faced no primary opposition. Former Republican primary candidates were:
|Source||Dates Administered||Jim Moran (D)||Patrick Murray (R)||Undecided/Other|
|Pollster unavailable, results via the Washington Post||October 2010||58%||31%||11%|
|McLaughlin & Associates||September 2010||45%||32%||23%|
|Democratic||Rick Boucher (inc.)||86,743||46.41|
|Republican gain from Democratic|
Democratic incumbent Rick Boucher was challenged by Republican nominee Morgan Griffith, the Majority Leader of the Virginia House of Delegates, and Independent Jeremiah Heaton (campaign site, PVS), a U.S. Army veteran, farmer and businessman.
Boucher, who had represented the district since 1983, was unopposed on the Democratic side. On the Republican side, Griffith was selected by a convention held on May 22, 2010 at Fort Chiswell High School in Max Meadows. Delegates to the convention were selected by 23 local committee mass meetings held between February 25 and April 29. Other Republican candidates for the nomination were:
The 9th District covers much of Southwest Virginia.
|Republican||Frank Wolf (inc.)||131,116||62.87|
Former candidates were:
The district, located in northern Virginia, includes some Washington, D.C. suburbs, but extends far west and north along the border of Maryland and West Virginia. In most Presidential elections of the past few decades, the district has been won by Republican candidates. The most recent exception is the 2008 election when Democratic then-Senator Barack Obama won the district, and became the first Democrat since Johnson to win Virginia's electoral votes. Republican Governor Mitt Romney won the district 2012, but President Obama again won Virginia.
|Democratic||Gerry Connolly (inc.)||111,720||49.23|
|Independent Greens||David Gillis, Jr.||959||0.42|
Democratic incumbent Gerry Connolly faced Republican Keith Fimian, who lost to Connolly in 2008. Also on the ballot were Libertarian David L. Dotson (campaign site, PVS), Independent Green David William Gillis, Jr. (campaign site, PVS), and Independent Christopher F. DeCarlo (campaign site, PVS).