One of the nations most vulnerable House Democrats resides here in Virginia, the 5th Congressional district to be exact. The fifth district runs from the liberal city of Charlottesville through conservative southside all the way to the North Carolina border. Tom Perriello is a first term incumbent who has a strong liberal voting record, which makes him vulnerable. Other than Charlottesville the 5th is pretty conservative.
A new poll released by the campaign of Robert Hurt, shows Hurt way out in front of his Republican primary opponents. The poll conducted May 10-11 by the firm Public Opinion Strategies, showed Hurt winning 35 percent of the vote. Albemarle County Supervisor Ken Boyd was second with 10 percent, followed by Michael McPadden with 7 percent.
I do think Hurt has the edge, but if 5th district Republicans fail to unite behind the eventual nominee Perriello may squeak by.