In the 11th District, there is a lot of people unsatisfied with Rep. Gerry Connolly and his votes in Congress. With all of this dissatisfaction, it was no surprise to see a poll released by McLaughlin & Associates, which shows Republican candidate Keith Fimian defeating Connolly 40-35%. Additionally, the poll also showed that independent voters also favored Fimian in an even wider margin, 43-28%.
Jim McLaughlin, who is Fimian’s pollster and also served as former Congressman Tom Davis’s pollster, said:
“Keith Fimian is in an outstanding position to win the race for U.S. Congress in Virginia’s 11th District. Voters are extremely disenchanted with the current state of affairs in Washington and are significantly more favorable toward a Republican candidate,” Jim McLaughlin, Fimian’s pollster said. “Congressman Gerry Connolly’s favorable rating and vote share are both well below the 50% thresholds for strong incumbents. The fact that Keith Fimian is already beating Gerry Connolly shows how vulnerable Connolly is to Fimian’s challenge.”
Fimian, who challenged Connolly in 2008, made the following statement about the poll results.
“I am excited that this poll shows that I am the best candidate to win this seat.” Fimian said. “This is because of my energetic grassroots support, strong fundraising results, my message of fiscal responsibility and the concrete proposals I am offering to create a vibrant environment for job creation. Voters also welcome my commitment to eliminating the culture of wasteful spending and corruption that career politicians have created in Washington.”
So far, Fimian has outraised Connolly for two consecutive quarters and was named a “Contender” in the National Republican Congressional Committee’s Top Guns program.