Virginia's 7th congressional district election, 2008

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Virginia's 7th congressional district election, 2008
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Nominee Eric Cantor Anita Hartke
Party Republican Democratic
Popular vote 233,531 138,123
Percentage 63% 37%

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Representative before election

Eric Cantor

Elected Representative

Eric Cantor

The Virginia 7th congressional district election, 2008 was held on November 4, 2008. This was the same day as the United States presidential election, 2008.

The 7th District includes western parts of Richmond, as well as its nearby suburbs in Henrico County, but otherwise is largely rural. CQ Politics rates the seat "Safe Republican".[1] The Cook Political Report rates it "Solid Republican".[2]



Incumbent Eric Cantor was the Republican nominee. He has held the seat since January 2001, having won in the U.S. House Elections of 2000 to succeed retiring Congressman Thomas J. Bliley, Jr.. Cantor won the district in 2006 by 64% to 34%. Eric Cantor won the election, keeping this seat under republican control.


Anita Hartke was the Democratic candidate. Mrs. Hartke, 48, is a resident of Amissville, Virginia in Culpeper County, though the town is primarily located in neighboring Rappahannock County. She is the daughter of the three-term US Senator from Indiana, Vance Hartke.[3] Her stated positions include improvements on the National Energy Policy by investing in alternative energy in order to reduce the use of foreign oil and fossil fuels. She believes that this would create more jobs that could not be outsourced while simultaneously fighting global warming. She also supports universal health care. Concerning the Iraq War, Hartke supports a gradual withdrawal of troops, stating that a brigade should be brought home every month. She supports reform of the controversial No Child Left Behind Act and increasing funding to the public school system. She also hopes to end student college loan rates in excess of 20%.[4]

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  1. ^ "Balance of Power Scorecard: House". CQ Politics. Retrieved 2008-08-26.  Note, the percentages are incorrectly rounded.
  2. ^ "2008 Competitive House Race Chart". Cook Political Report. Retrieved 2008-08-26. 
  3. ^ "Anitha Hartke for Congress". Retrieved 2008-08-26. 
  4. ^ "Anitha Hartke for Congress: Issues". Archived from the original on 2008-07-30. Retrieved 2008-08-26. 

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