The 46th district, located inside the beltway in Alexandria, is considered one of the bluest in all of Virginia. To give you an idea of how blue it is Barack Obama carried the district with 72% of the vote. And when Brian Moran announced his resignation, to run for Governor, no one imagined that the Republicans would have a shot at gaining the seat.
Yet only 16 votes separate Democrat Charniele Herring and Republican Joe Murray. And today, the House of Delegates have refused to seat Herring until after all legal action has been exhausted:
"There are enough question marks that the election does in fact hang in the balance," House Majority Leader H. Morgan Griffith (R-Salem) said. "It is extremely important that we make sure that if someone is casting votes on this floor, they are in fact the elected representative."
When asked why she underperformed, Herring said, "I think it's just the nature of the special election. . . . This can happen. Voter turnout is low." Sounds like she is acknowledging that she does not have a strong base of support or even a decent base.
Now, I realize that in a General election the Dems should be able to carry the district comfortably, but we should take heart in the fact that if we organize and get out our vote we can win in even the bluest Northern Virginia district.