Battleground Friday: Virginia's 2nd Congressional District

From Ballotpedia
Jump to: navigation, search


Virginia's 2nd Congressional District

General Election Date
November 4, 2014

Primary Date
No primary

November 4 Election Winner:
Scott Rigell Republican Party
Incumbent prior to election:
Scott Rigell Republican Party
Scott Rigell.jpg

Race Ratings
Cook Political Report: Solid Republican[1]

Sabato's Crystal Ball: Likely R[2]

Virginia U.S. House Elections
District 1District 2District 3District 4District 5District 6District 7District 8District 9District 10District 11

2014 U.S. Senate Elections

Flag of Virginia.png

By the Congress team


In the next profile of our 2014 battleground districts, Ballotpedia is taking an in-depth look at Virginia's 2nd Congressional District's 2014 election.

Current incumbent: Scott Rigell (R) was first elected to Virginia's 2nd Congressional District in 2010. He is currently serving his second consecutive term.[3] Prior to his congressional career, Rigell was a member of the Virginia Motor Vehicle Dealer Board from 1995-1999.

Rigell is a member of the National Republican Congressional Committee's Patriot Program. The program is designed to assist vulnerable Republican incumbents heading into the 2014 election.[4]

2012 MOV: Rigell won re-election in 2012 with a margin of victory of 7.7% over Paul Hirschbiel (D).[5][6]

2014 candidates: Democrat Suzanne Patrick is challenging Rigell for the seat. Patrick is a retired commander in the U.S. Navy Reserves and served as the Deputy Under Secretary of Defense for Industrial Policy from 2001-2005. She also founded and served as principal at her own consulting business, Suzanne D. Patrick & Company, which provided investment banking and technology search and strategy consulting services to corporate clients.[7] Patrick is a member of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee's Jumpstart program, which is designed to provide early support to top-tier Democratic challengers.[8]

What made it a Ballotpedia battleground district?: Cook's PVI shows the district as R+2, and Fairvote rates the district as 43.4% Democratic. President Barack Obama won the district by 1.5% in 2012 and 1.7% in 2008. Additionally, Rigell is in his second term.

FEC: Reports from the Federal Election Commission show that Patrick outraised Rigell by $18,450.78 in the first quarter of 2014. Patrick raised $177,140.78, while Rigell raised $158,690; however, Rigell has raised more money overall. Rigell reported $665,310.06 cash on hand, and Patrick reported having $195,831.90.[9][10]

The information above was compiled following the Virginia candidate filing deadline. Please find all further updates on the 2nd District's election page.
Virginia's 2nd Congressional District
Virginia District 2 Map.PNG

Population: 710,769
Gender: 49.3% Male, 50.7% Female
Race: 67.9% White, 21.9% Black, 5% Asian
Ethnicity: 7.3% Hispanic
Unemployment: 7.2%
Median household income: $60,101
High school graduation rate: 92%
College graduation rate: 31.2%

See also