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United States House of Representatives elections in Virginia, 2010


United States House of Representatives elections in Virginia, 2010

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 will serve in the 112th Congress from January 2011 until January 2013.

Primary elections were held on June 9, 2010.


  • Overview 1
  • Congressional districts 2
    • District 1 2.1
    • District 2 2.2
    • District 3 2.3
    • District 4 2.4
    • District 5 2.5
      • Polling 2.5.1
    • District 6 2.6
    • District 7 2.7
    • District 8 2.8
      • Polling 2.8.1
    • District 9 2.9
    • District 10 2.10
    • District 11 2.11
  • References 3
  • External links 4


United States House of Representatives elections in Virginia, 2010[1]
Party Votes Percentage Seats Before Seats After +/–
Republican 1,186,098 54.16% 5 8 +3
Democratic 911,116 41.61% 6 3 -3
Libertarian 23,681 1.08% 0 0 -
Independent Greens 21,374 0.98% 0 0 -
Independents/Write-In 47,572 2.17% 0 0 -
Totals 2,189,841 100.00% 11 11

Congressional districts

District 1

Virginia's 1st Congressional District election, 2010
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Rob Wittman (inc.) 135,564 63.87%
Democratic Krystal Ball 73,824 34.78%
Independent Greens G. Gail Parker 2,544 1.20%
Write-in 304 0.14%
Totals 212,236 100%
Republican hold

Republican incumbent Rob Wittman was challenged by Democratic nominee Krystal Ball, a 28-year-old accountant and businesswoman.[2][3] 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.[4]

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.[5] and that citizens may have to turn from the ballot box to the bullet box.[6] In 2009, Wittman and Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell refused to endorse her for the Virginia House of Delegates.[7] 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."[8] Crabill refused to retract her remarks, saying "Those are my convictions."[9] 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,[10] 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.[9] Wittman defeated Crabill with approximately 90% of the vote.[11]

District 2

Virginia's 2nd Congressional District election, 2010
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Scott Rigell 88,340 53.12%
Democratic Glenn Nye (inc.) 70,591 42.45%
Independent Kenny Golden 7,194 4.33%
Write-in 164 0.10%
Totals 166,289 100%
Republican gain from Democratic

Democratic incumbent Glenn Nye was challenged by Republican businessman Scott Rigell[12] and Independent Kenny Golden (site, PVS), a retired Navy Commodore.[13][14]

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,[15][16] 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.[17]

District 3

Virginia's 3rd Congressional District election, 2010
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Robert C. Scott (inc.) 114,754 70.01%
Republican Chuck Smith 44,553 27.18%
Libertarian James Quigley 2,383 1.45%
Independent John D. Kelly 2,039 1.24%
Write-in 171 0.10%
Totals 163,900 100%
Democratic hold

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).[14][18]

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.

District 4

Virginia's 4th Congressional District election, 2010
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Randy Forbes (inc.) 123,659 62.33%
Democratic Wynne LeGrow 74,298 37.45%
Write-in 432 0.22%
Totals 198,389 100%
Republican hold

Republican incumbent Randy Forbes was challenged by Democratic nominee Wynne LeGrow of Emporia. Forbes retained his seat by beating his Democratic challenger by earning 62% of votes cast.[19]

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. ElectionProjection states that Forbes is favored to win.[20]

District 5

Virginia's 5th Congressional District election, 2010
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Robert Hurt 119,560 50.81%
Democratic Tom Perriello (inc.) 110,562 46.99%
Independent Jeffrey Clark 4,992 2.12%
Write-in 185 0.08%
Totals 235,299 100%
Republican gain from Democratic

Incumbent Democrat Tom Perriello was challenged by Republican Robert Hurt, state Senator from Chatham,[21] and independent Jeffrey A. Clark (campaign site, PVS), a businessman from Danville.[22]

In 2008, Perriello defeated Republican incumbent Virgil Goode. Goode did not seek a rematch in 2010,[23] although he said several Conservative groups asked him to run on a pro-Tea Party ticket, due to their dissatisfaction with the Republicans.[24]

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.[25] Perriello faced no opposition in the Democratic primary.


Poll Source Dates Administered Tom Perriello (D) Robert Hurt (R) Jeffrey Clark (I) Undecided
Survey USA[26][27] September 28, 2010 35% 58% 4% 3%
Benenson Strategy Group[28] September 21, 2010 44% 46% 4% 5%
Global Strategy Group[29] September 7, 2010 42% 44% 6% 7%
Survey USA[30] September 2, 2010 35% 61% 2% 2%
American Action Forum[31] August 12, 2010 43% 49% - 8%
Survey USA[32] July 20, 2010 35% 58% 4% 3%
Public Policy Polling[33] February 5–10, 2010 44% 44%

District 6

Virginia's 6th Congressional District election, 2010
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Bob Goodlatte (inc.) 127,487 76.27%
Independent Jeffrey Vanke 21,649 12.95%
Libertarian Stuart Bain 15,309 9.16%
Write-in 2,709 1.62%
Totals 167,154 100%
Republican hold

Incumbent Republican Bob Goodlatte faced no primary opposition, and was re-elected to a 10th term in the general election on November 2, capturing 76% of the vote.[34][35]

Jeff Vanke of Roanoke ran as an Independent,[36] citing endorsements by the Modern Whig Party, American Centrist Party and Independent Green Party of Virginia,[37] and received 13% of the vote.[34][35]

Stuart Bain of Salem ran as a Libertarian[38][39] and received 9% of the vote.[34][35]

District 7

Virginia's 7th Congressional District election, 2010
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Eric Cantor (inc.) 138,209 59.22%
Democratic Rick Waugh 79,616 34.11%
Independent Greens Floyd Bayne 15,164 6.50%
Write-in 413 0.18%
Totals 233,402 100%
Republican hold

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.[40]

District 8

Virginia's 8th Congressional District election, 2010
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Jim Moran (inc.) 116,404 61.03%
Republican Patrick Murray 71,145 37.30%
Independent Greens J. Ron Fisher 2,707 1.42%
Write-in 492 0.26%
Totals 190,748 100%
Democratic hold

Democratic incumbent Jim Moran was challenged by Republican nominee Patrick Murray, a retired United States Army Colonel,[41][42] 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%

District 9

Virginia's 9th Congressional District election, 2010
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Morgan Griffith 95,726 51.21%
Democratic Rick Boucher (inc.) 86,743 46.41%
Independent Jeremiah Heaton 4,282 2.29%
Write-in 166 0.09%
Totals 186,917 100%
Republican gain from Democratic

Democratic incumbent Virginia House of Delegates, and Independent Jeremiah Heaton (campaign site, PVS), a U.S. Army veteran, farmer and businessman.[47]

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.[48][49] Other Republican candidates for the nomination were:

  • William Carr: retiree from Ararat
  • Adam Light: small business owner from Tazewell County[50]
  • David Moore: former Lieutenant Colonel in the US Army from Tazewell County[51]
  • Jessee Ring: retired engineer from Pulaski County.[52]
  • Brandon Roop: tea party activist from Blacksburg[53]
  • Jim Bebout, retiree, announced during a tea party protest[54]

The 9th District covers much of Southwest Virginia.

District 10

Virginia's 10th Congressional District election, 2010
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Frank Wolf (inc.) 131,116 62.87%
Democratic Jeff Barnett 72,604 34.81%
Libertarian Bill Redpath 4,607 2.21%
Write-in 229 0.11%
Totals 208,556 100%
Republican hold

Republican incumbent Frank Wolf was running for re-election for a 16th term. He was challenged by Democrat Jeff Barnett (campaign site, PVS) and Libertarian William Redpath.

Wolf was unopposed on the Republican side. Barnett won the Democratic primary election against Richard Anthony[55] and Julien Modica.[56]

Former candidates were:

  • Dennis Findley (D) - McLean resident and architect[57]
  • Jim Trautz (R) - Loudoun County resident and former naval officer[58]

The district, located in northern Virginia, includes some Washington, D.C. suburbs, and backed Democrat Barack Obama in 2008.

District 11

Virginia's 11th Congressional District election, 2010
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Gerry Connolly (inc.) 111,720 49.23%
Republican Keith Fimian 110,739 48.79%
Independent Christopher DeCarlo 1,846 0.81%
Libertarian David Dotson 1,382 0.61%
Independent Greens David Gillis, Jr. 959 0.42%
Write-in 171 0.08%
Totals 226,951 100%
Democratic hold

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),[59] Independent Green David William Gillis, Jr. (campaign site, PVS), and Independent Christopher F. DeCarlo (campaign site, PVS).[14]

Connolly was unopposed for the Democratic nomination. Fimian won against Pat Herrity in the Republican primary election,[60][61] beating him 56%-44%, with 35,890 votes cast.[62]


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External links

  • Virginia State Board of Elections
    • Official candidate list
  • Virginia Candidates for U.S. Congress at Project Vote Smart
  • Virginia from
  • Virginia Congressional Races in 2010 from Open Secrets (campaign contributions)
  • 2010 National Congressional Ballot from
  • House - Virginia from the Cook Political Report
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