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Virginia's 1st congressional district election, 2008

 

Virginia's 1st congressional district election, 2008

Virginia's 1st congressional district election, 2008


 
Nominee Rob Wittman Bill Day
Party Republican Democratic
Popular vote 203,839 150,452
Percentage 56.6% 41.8%


Representative before election

Rob Wittman
Republican

Elected Representative

Rob Wittman
Republican

The Virginia 1st congressional district election, 2008 was held on November 4, 2008, the same day as the United States presidential election, 2008. The candidates appeared on Cathy Lewis' TV program, What Matters, on October 15.[1] The candidates held a spirited and well-attended[2] debate on October 22 in which differing opinions on health care and the economy played a central role. Wittman defended his vote against the bailout package, while Day said he would have voted for it, and Larson said that it would have been better for the economy if the banks had been allowed to fail. On Medicare, Wittman advocated restructuring the system, while Day argued for expanding it and Larson shocked the audience by calling for its abolition.[3][4] Wittman won the election.[5]

Candidates

Republican

Incumbent Rob Wittman is the Republican nominee.[6] A Westmoreland County resident, former State Board of Health field director for the Division of Shellfish Sanitation and past member of the Virginia House of Delegates,[7] he has only held the seat since January 2008, having won the Virginia's 1st congressional district special election, 2007 to succeed deceased Congresswoman Jo Ann Davis. He has taken up many of her causes, including the FairTax, veterans' interests and getting rid of the remainder of the ghost fleet stationed at the James River.[8][9][10] Like Davis, he is also introducing legislation to allow Virginia to regulate the importation of trash from other states.[11]

Democratic

Bill Day was the Democratic nominee.[12] He previously ran for Virginia Delegate representing the 31st District, losing to Scott Lingamfelter[13] by a close margin of 45% to 55%, one of the best showings from a Democrat in the republican leaning district.[14]

Day earned a bachelor's degree in construction from Arizona State University in 1974, an MBA from Harvard in 1983, and a master's degree in counseling from West Virginia State University in 1991. He resides in Fauquier County where he worked as a mental health counselor. Day is very active in the community, and has volunteered with Habitat for Humanity in both Fauquier and Prince William County, and Mend A House in Prince William County. Day is an advocate of energy independence and renewable energy technologies.[15]

The Democratic Party of Virginia held its convention on May 17 in Williamsburg, Virginia and selected Keith Hummel, the only person running for the Democratic nomination at the time. Only four votes were cast to not nominate anyone.[16] A Westmoreland County physician and self-described "populist Democrat", Hummel also operates a farm and winery. The issues he was running on included enacting trade and tax policies to protect American jobs and American interests (rather than those of a few multinational corporations); using the military for defense rather than offensively; providing better health care and other benefits to veterans; and universal health care.[17]

Libertarian

[25][26]

Results

US House election, 2008: Virginia District 1
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Republican Robert J. Wittman 203,839 56.57
Democratic Bill S. Day 150,432 41.75
Libertarian Nathan D. Larson 5,265 1.46
Turnout 360,292 72.06
Republican hold Swing

See also

References

  1. ^
  2. ^ http://www.wydaily.com/local-news/927-1st-congressional-district-candidates-sole-debate-draws-full-house.html
  3. ^ http://www.dailypress.com/news/local/dp-local_firstdistrict-vg_1102nov02,0,3738147.story
  4. ^ http://flathatnews.com/content/69185/congressional-debate-touches-economy-health-care
  5. ^ https://www.voterinfo.sbe.virginia.gov/election/DATA/2008/07261AFC-9ED3-410F-B07D-84D014AB2C6B/Unofficial/6_s.shtml
  6. ^ Rob Wittman for Congress
  7. ^ http://www.dailypress.com/news/local/dp-local_housemoney_0617jun17,0,4378561.storyhe
  8. ^ The Online Office of Congressman Rob Wittman - Ghost Fleet
  9. ^ The Online Office of Congressman Rob Wittman - Taxes & Economy
  10. ^ The Online Office of Congressman Rob Wittman - Veterans
  11. ^ Fredericksburg.com - Wittman's bill looks at out-of-state trash
  12. ^ Bill Day Announcement Fred2Blue
  13. ^ Day for Delegate 2007 house of delegates campaign website
  14. ^ Virginia Public Access Project Virginia Public Access Project
  15. ^ Bill Day for Congress 2008 official campaign website
  16. ^ Democratic Party of Virginia | Event | Meeting, 1st Congressional District Democratic Committee
  17. ^ Hummel for Congress official campaign website
  18. ^ http://www.nathanlarsonforcongress.com/
  19. ^ Virginia State Board of Elections : CandidatesList-Results
  20. ^ Third Party Watch » Blog Archive » Independent Greens congrats to Nathan Larson for making ballot for Congress
  21. ^ http://www.news8.net/news/stories/1008/560164.html
  22. ^
  23. ^ Transportation - Larson2008
  24. ^ http://www.fauquier.com/news/2008/sep/03/libertarian-larson-would-dissolve-government/
  25. ^ LPVA - News
  26. ^ Grievance filed over marijuana bill

External links

  • Campaign contributions from OpenSecrets.org
  • Official campaign websites
    • Bill Day Democratic
    • Rob Wittman Republican
    • Nathan Larson Libertarian
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