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Boucher Puts Retirement Rumors to Rest

Rep. Rick Boucher (D), whom Republican strategists are trying to prod into retirement, said Wednesday that he plans to seek a 15th term this fall in his southwestern Virginia 9th district.“I am planning to seek re-election. I have given no consideration to retiring,— Boucher said in a statement Wednesday. “While I never make political announcements this early in the year, due to the press inquires we are receiving, it is time to remove any doubt anyone has about my intentions.—Boucher hasn’t faced a close race since early in his tenure even though his district has a decided conservative lean, particularly on cultural issues. Republicans think he could be vulnerable this year, though, pointing to his district’s strong vote for John McCain in the 2008 presidential election and Bob McDonnell in the 2009 gubernatorial race.Thus far, Republicans have been unable to convince a top-tier candidate to enter the race. State Rep. Terry Kilgore (R) declined to challenge Boucher, but state House Majority Leader Morgan Griffith (R) is weighing getting into the race.

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