Connolly Wins; Fimian to Concede Tuesday

Posted November 8, 2010 at 8:10pm

Updated: 10:33 p.m.

Republican Keith Fimian is expected to concede to Rep. Gerry Connolly (D-Va.) on Tuesday, the Washington Post reported Monday night. 

Fimian trailed the freshman Congressman by 981 votes after all ballots had been tallied. The final margin was close enough that Fimian could have asked for the votes to be retallied, but that process likely wouldn’t have made a large dent in the margin.

Connolly declared victory Friday, but Fimian, who ran against Connolly for what was then an open House seat in 2008, did not immediately concede. Connolly’s victory means that he is the only Virginia Democrat targeted by national Republicans to survive the national GOP wave. Three other House Democrats in the state were defeated last week.

News of Connolly’s victory came on the same day that he was released from a hospital after being treated for a blood clot.

During a routine exam last week, Connolly “experienced some discomfort, and he checked into the hospital for some tests. While hospitalized, he was treated for a blood clot in an artery,” James Walkinshaw, Connolly’s chief of staff, said Monday night.

“All functions are now normal, and he is prepared to go back to work for the people of Northern Virginia,” he added.

Before returning to his Fairfax home, Connolly stopped at his district office in Annandale to meet with staff.

Seven House contests from last week remain undecided. They are in California’s 11th and 20th districts, Kentucky’s 6th district, Illinois’ 8th district, New York’s 1st and 25th districts, and Texas’ 27th district. All of the races involve Democratic incumbents.

Republicans lead in five of the races: Democratic Reps. Jim Costa (Calif.), Melissa Bean (Ill.), Tim Bishop (N.Y.), Dan Maffei (N.Y.) and Solomon Ortiz (Texas) trail their opponents.

Meanwhile, Democratic Reps. Jerry McNerney (Calif.) and Ben Chandler (Ky.) have the lead in their too-close-to-call races. Several of the contests, such as the ones involving Ortiz, Bishop and McNerney, are expected to go to recounts.