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Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Some Politics Are Local: You Mean There Was a Primary Yesterday?

We thought that all that "hope" and "change" bidness was over. Actually, judging by the primaries held yesterday, it actually might be, as the incumbents serving Reston and Herndon won handily.

By even wider margins, Reps. James P. Moran Jr. (D) and Frank R. Wolf (R) withstood primary challenges yesterday. In the fall, Wolf will face Democrat Judy M. Feder, who beat back a primary challenge yesterday from Mike R. Turner. Wolf defeated Feder handily in 2006. Moran defeated lawyer Matthew T. Famiglietti in the 8th Congressional District primary and will face Republican Mark W. Ellmore, who beat Amit K. Singh yesterday in a close contest.
Gerald E. Connolly, chairman of the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors, also beat former representative Leslie L. Byrne to run for retiring Rep. Tom Davis' seat in the fall.

The Post points out that less than 6 percent of all voters showed up for yesterday's primaries -- a figure that would have been far lower if American Idol was still on the air.

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