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Democratic Rep. Tom Perriello loses Virginia seat

Republican state Sen. Robert Hurt takes the spot back from freshman Tom Perriello. Democrats were trailing elsewhere in the state.

November 02, 2010|By Michael A. Memoli, Tribune Washington Bureau

Reporting from Washington — Freshman Democrat Tom Perriello, who campaigned with President Obama in the final weekend of the campaign, has lost his bid for a second term representing Virginia's 5th Congressional District.

Republican state Sen. Robert Hurt carried the Charlottesville-based seat.

The district leans Republican — John McCain carried it in 2008 — but Perriello supported the Democratic majority on key legislation, including the healthcare overhaul and the economic stimulus. Obama singled Perriello out often for doing what was right, even though it wasn't politically popular.

Other Democrats in closely-watched Virginia races also trailed.

Rick Boucher, a 14-term incumbent who ran unopposed in 2008, was another casualty of the Republican wave. State Delegate Morgan Griffith won the 9th District seat in the western part of the state.

Glenn Nye, elected with Perriello in 2008, also appeared headed to defeat despite votes against his party on health reform and cap and trade.

Virginia was another red state carried by Obama in 2008. The state's former governor, Tim Kaine, is the chairman of the Democratic National Committee.

mmemoli@tribune.com

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