While a lot of discussion has been devoted to some of the big money races where Republicans are looking to take seats from Democrats in Northern Virginia, there are a couple others that could have some interesting outcomes that haven’t gotten as much mention, and that I’ve noted before. If the McDonnell/Bolling/Cucccinelli coat-tails are as big as I think they may be, here are a few faces that could be awfully close, and perhaps even winnable.
This would be an unlikely win, not because Gong isn’t a great candidate for this district — she’s outstanding in fact – but because neither her nor her opponent have been working all that hard. McDonnell taking this district would be quite a surprise, and if he does, Gong has a solid fighting chance here. If you’re not sure why, just look at the meager accomplishments of Charnielle Herring and take a look at this video:
A lot of money has flowed in here to protect the seat of the retiring Kris Amundson, which you wouldn’t much expect in a district like this. Democrats are clearly concerned that Surovell, the former chairman of the FCDC, might not be the kind of candidate who is going to take this usually deep-blue seat. McConville has been working his tail off, seeing an opening here with the likelihood that the turnout in this district might surprise Democrats. Check out Jay McConville here:
Here we’ve got a Fairfax district where the incumbent Jim Scott has been in place for more than 30 years. It’s about the most unlikely spot for an upset imaginable, until you notice that his name recognition among his constituents is an an embarrasing 26.7% and trails that of Merola. To add insult to injury, Scott doesn’t even have an issues page on his website, and made claims about Merola that makes quite a folks legitimately question his sanity. Merola meanwhile is obviously doing a lot of things right, and there’s a chance here he could pull off one of the more stunning upsets in Northern Virginia.
I’ve talked about Aaron Ringel before, and he continues to impress. His latest creative effort put some interesting campaign materials out which have gotten quite a bit of attention, while Bob Brink struggles to figure out what to do in the first actually competitive race he has ever faced. Even NLS is recognizing Ringel’s momentum here, although he’s not going as far to say that Brink is on the ropes. Brink might be. We’ll find out on Tuesday night.
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