Magazine article Insight on the News

GOP Gets Win in Democratic Stronghold

Magazine article Insight on the News

GOP Gets Win in Democratic Stronghold

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After a race widely touted by both sides as a referendum for President George W. Bush's policies, the U.S. House of Representatives swore in its newest member, Republican Randy Forbes, on June 22. Three days earlier, Forbes beat fellow state Sen. L. Louise Lucas to replace the late Norm Sisisky, a Democrat, in Virginia's 4th District. Republican National Committee (RNC) Chairman Jim Gilmore barely could contain himself. "The 4th District of Virginia was created by Democrats [and] for Democrats, and today it was won by a Republican on the strength of a positive message mirroring the agenda of President George W. Bush," he said.

This was not the first time that the district played host to a fiercely contested election. In 1992 Bill Clinton won it by 745 votes. While Bush carried the district by 473 votes in the 2000 presidential election, then-U.S. senator Chuck Robb, a Democrat, garnered 51 percent there but lost statewide. In this light, Forbes' 52 percent is all the more impressive, says an RNC spokesman. …

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