Virginia's 11th congressional district election, 2010

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Virginia's 11th congressional district election, 2010
← 2008 November 2, 2010 2012 →
Candidate Gerry Connolly Keith Fimian
Party Democratic Republican
Popular vote 111,720 110,739
Percentage 49.22% 48.79%

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Representative before election

Gerry Connolly

Elected Representative

Gerry Connolly

Virginia's 11th congressional district election, 2010 was an election held to determine who would represent Virginia's 11th congressional district in the United States House of Representatives during the 112th Congress. The seat that was contested is located in Northern Virginia, and includes most of Fairfax County, all of the city of Fairfax, and part of eastern Prince William County. Democrat Gerry Connolly first won the seat in 2008. The Republican nominee was Keith Fimian.[1]

The result was too close to call immediately following the election. At the end of the day on November 2, Connolly led Fimian by only 487 votes, with canvassing and certification still to be completed.[2] After canvassing was completed and results from two outstanding precincts and provisional ballots were counted, Connolly increased his lead to 921 votes (0.41%). Although Virginia election law allows the losing candidate to request a recount on November 22 if the margin is less than 1%, the recount is at the government's expense if the margin is less than 0.5%,[2] and the Fimian campaign had alluded to the possibility of a recount in a statement,[3] Fimian eventually conceded the race to Connolly on November 9.[4] Connolly won by 981 votes, or 0.43%.[5]


The 2010 race was a rematch of the 2008 race, when Connolly defeated Fimian 55% to 43%. Connolly was unopposed for the Democratic nomination.

Fimian faced a primary challenge from moderate Fairfax County Board of Supervisors member Pat Herrity. A bruising primary fight ensued and the Washington Post described the race as "one of the nastiest contests in the commonwealth," with each campaign accusing the other of negative campaigning.[6] Fimian emerged victorious,[1][7] beating Herrity 56%-44%, with 35,890 votes cast.[8]

The race was closely watched; it was considered a bellwether battleground district in the larger Republican mission to regain a majority in the House.[9] The National Republican Congressional Committee picked Fimian for its Young Guns candidate training and support program.[10][11]


Poll Source Dates Administered Gerald Connolly (D) Keith Fimian (R)
McLaughlin & Associates[12] February 5–10, 2010 35% 40%


Candidate (Party) Receipts Disbursements Cash On Hand Debt
Gerry Connolly (D) $2,461,286 $2,435,016 $49,124 $0
Keith Fimian (R) $2,941,463 $2,785,586 $166,003 $358,137
David Dotson (L) $1,790 $390 $1,396 $100
Source: Federal Election Commission[13][14]


Democratic nomination[edit]

Republican nomination[edit]

  • Keith Fimian, businessman and 2008 Republican nominee
  • Pat Herrity, member of the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors


Republican Primary results [15]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Keith Fimian 20,075 55.93
Republican Pat Herrity 15,815 44.06
Total votes 35,890 100

Others on ballot[edit]

  • Libertarian David L. Dotson,[16]
  • Independent Green David William Gillis, Jr.[17]
  • Independent Christopher F. DeCarlo.[17]

General election results[edit]

General election unofficial results [18]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Gerald E. "Gerry" Connolly 111,720 49.22
Republican Keith S. Fimian 110,739 48.79
Independent Christopher F. DeCarlo 1,846 0.81
Libertarian David L. Dotson 1,382 0.60
Independent Greens David William Gillis, Jr. 959 0.42
None Write in 305 0.13
Total votes 226,951 100

See also[edit]


External links[edit]

Official campaign sites