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Webb Wins Democratic Nomination In Virginia
|Last Edited||ArmyDem Jun 13, 2006 11:17pm|
|Media||Newspaper - Washington Post|
|News Date||Thursday, June 15, 2006 05:00:00 AM UTC0:0|
|Description||Ex-Republican to Face Allen for U.S. Senate |
By Michael D. Shear
Washington Post Staff Writer
Wednesday, June 14, 2006; Page A01
Virginia Democrats yesterday chose Vietnam War hero James Webb to challenge Sen. George Allen (R), siding with their party's national leadership, which had declared the former Republican to be the only candidate with a chance to beat Allen in November.
Webb's support from Democratic senators such as 2004 presidential nominee John F. Kerry (Mass.) swamped the textbook campaign of his opponent, former lobbyist Harris Miller, who used $1 million of his own money to question Webb's commitment to the Democratic Party's core principles.
In other primaries, Democrat Andrew Hurst, a lawyer, defeated Ken Longmyer, a retired Foreign Service officer, for the chance to run against Rep. Thomas M. Davis III (R) in the Nov. 7 general election. Republican Tom O'Donoghue, a military veteran, beat Mark Ellmore, a mortgage broker, and will run against Rep. James P. Moran Jr. (D).
Webb, who was outspent 3 to 1, tapped into national anger over the Iraq war and a desire among Democrats to reach out to moderates who have drifted to the Republican Party over social issues and national security. Webb captured almost two-thirds of the vote across the populous suburban counties in Northern Virginia.
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