Political Insiders Poll: A partisan approach to Iran?

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Dec. 5, 2013, 10:10 a.m.

GOP­ers “are already tak­ing aim” at Rep. Rick Bouch­er (D), but so far lack a can­did­ate. But Del. Terry Kil­gore (R) “con­firmed” re­cently that he’s con­sid­er­ing a bid, and while he hasn’t yet de­cided wheth­er to run, “not yet” any­way, he sees “po­ten­tial” in a Bouch­er chal­lenge.

Gov.-elect Bob Mc­Don­nell (R) took 66% in the CD on 11/3, and a 25-year-old GOP­er de­feat an in­cum­bent del­eg­ate in­side the CD “on the strength of a cam­paign that fo­cused largely on en­ergy is­sues.” Kil­gore, on 11/4: “Last night bode well for some­body that would look at this race.” GOP­ers see Bouch­er as vul­ner­able be­cause of his “high-pro­file work on the cap-and-trade le­gis­la­tion.” But Bouch­er said “eco­nom­ic is­sues will likely out­weigh cap-and-trade” in the CD. Still, he’s plan­ning a “series of pub­lic meet­ings” in “coal-pro­du­cing counties to dis­cuss the le­gis­la­tion and his work to soften it.”

If Kil­gore doesn’t run, an­oth­er pos­sib­il­ity would be state Sen. Wil­li­am Wampler (R), whose fath­er held the seat be­fore Bouch­er.

But Bouch­er has “long proven his stay­ing power,” and GOP­ers “could find him a tough nut to crack.” VA Dem chair Richard Cran­well: “The ques­tion is Rick tak­ing care of his knit­ting like he should to earn the trust of the people of the 9th Dis­trict to re-elect him? I think he has. He’s one of the best at con­stitu­ent ser­vice and bring­ing home the ba­con of any con­gress­man in Amer­ica” (Adams, Roan­oke Times, 11/12).


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