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Virginia's US House Races Offer Little Drama

October 27, 2012

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Virginia's delegation to the U.S. House of Representatives appears unlikely to change after the Nov. 6 election.

University of Richmond political analyst Dan Palazzolo says all 11 incumbents are favored to win in districts that were redrawn to their advantage after the 2010 census. Republicans hold an 8-3 advantage.

Palazzolo says the only race that is even marginally competitive is in Hampton Roads, where Democrat Paul Hirschbiel is running a well-financed challenge against Republican Rep. Scott Rigell.

The last two congressional elections in Virginia were much more dramatic. In 2008, Democrats gained three seats to take a 6-5 advantage. In the midterm election two years later, the GOP regained its 8-3 edge.

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