Virginia's 1st congressional district special election, 2007

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Virginia's 1st congressional district special election, 2007
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Nominee Rob Wittman Philip Forgit
Party Republican Democratic
Popular vote 42,772 26,282
Percentage 60.77% 37.34%

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Representative before election

Jo Ann Davis

Elected Representative

Rob Wittman

After the death of Republican Congresswoman Jo Ann Davis on October 6, 2007, a special election was required to fill the vacancy for the remainder of the 110th United States Congress. Governor Tim Kaine announced that the election would occur on December 11, 2007. The Republican and Democratic candidates were selected by political conventions on November 10, 2007.[1] Republican state legislator Rob Wittman was elected, defeating Democratic nominee Philip Forgit and independent candidate Lucky Narain.[2]



Democrats nominated Iraq War veteran and former teacher Philip Forgit over retired United States Navy Captain Ted Hontz by a 106–91 convention vote.[3] The Democratic convention was held in Williamsburg, Virginia. The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee did not invest large amounts of money into the campaign,[4] opting instead to fund Robin Weirauch's campaign in a special congressional election in Ohio.[5]


After five ballots, Republicans chose State Delegate Rob Wittman as their nominee when Paul Jost withdrew before the sixth ballot could be announced.[6] The Republican convention was held at Caroline High School in Caroline County, Virginia. The Republican convention drew a wide variety of candidates, including former State Delegate Dick Black; former Republican Party official Jim Bowden; Sherwood Bowditch, the Director of the Virginia Alliance of Boys and Girls Clubs; David Caprara, an activist; retired FBI agent David Corderman; Chuck Davis, the widower of late Congresswoman Davis; businessman Paul Jost, attorney Kevin O'Neill, and businessman Rob Quartel.


Lucky Narain, a former Peace Corps volunteer, Army Reservist, and grant writer from Yorktown,[7] filed the necessary petitions to be placed on the ballot as an independent candidate. He criticized Wittman for supporting a transportation tax increase despite having signed an anti-tax pledge; Wittman claimed that he had not signed that particular pledge.[8]

General election results[edit]

Virginia's 1st congressional district special election, 2007[9]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Rob Wittman 42,772 60.77
Democratic Philip Forgit 26,282 37.34
Independent Lucky R. Narain 1,253 1.78
Write-ins 75 0.11
Total votes 70,382 100.00
Republican hold

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