March 12, 2014
The race to represent Virginia's 5th District in Congress is opening up.
Democrats Lawrence Gaughan and Ben Hudson, both from Charlottesville, have announced their campaigns to challenge Republican incumbent Robert Hurt. Gaughan is a Charlottesville native and actor, while Hudson lives in Fluvanna County and works in the Charlottesville school system.
The University of Virginia Center for Politics says it will be difficult for Democrats to do well in these midterm elections, and that the Fifth District is likely to stay Republican.
“It's going to be very much an uphill battle for any Democrat in this district,” says Geoff Skelley with the Center for Politics. “The national dynamics aren't great for Democrats, and because Hurt is established in the district as more Republican than not.”
Skelley says the focus of this election will be more on the Senate and whether Republicans can regain a majority there.