Dems' Senate Remap Shrewd or Too Clever by Half

May 29, 2011

Dominant Democrats in Virginia's Senate were looking to put away their Republican rivals in redrawing Senate district lines. But some Republicans aren't going away quietly.

In at least one district, a targeted Republican senator has moved out of a district where he'd have to challenge a fellow Republican senator.

Senator Bill Stanley of Franklin County says he's renting a house 10 minutes from the home he owns so he can meet residency requirements to take on Democratic Sen. Roscoe Reynolds.

If Republicans can pick up two Democratic seats, they'll control the House, the Senate and the governor's office for the first time in 10 years and give Gov. Bob McDonnell the chance he's looking for to enact his conservative agenda.

All 40 House seats are up for election this fall.

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