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Republican businessman Keith Fimian says the key issues in 2010 are different from the issues that dominated debates in 2008.
Jonathan Wilson
Republican businessman Keith Fimian says the key issues in 2010 are different from the issues that dominated debates in 2008.

By Jonathan Wilson

The race for Northern Virginia's 11th Congressional District, which includes much of both Fairfax and Prince William Counties, will be a rematch of the 2008 contest for the seat.

Republican entrepreneur Keith Fimian has a losing record against Congressman Gerry Connolly. Connolly defeated him by 12 points in 2008.

But Fimian, who won his primary this week, says the key issue in '08 was the war in Iraq. He calls this year's issues "bread and butter."

"People are afraid their going to lose their job, and they ought to be afraid, because quite frankly, what our policies are doing results in economic disaster," says Fimian.

Connolly says the political landscape may have changed, but he also says Fimian underwent his own transformation to win the Republican Primary.

"Somebody who said he was moderate two years ago, ripped off that mask, and ran as a full-throated, right-wing, Tea Party conservative in this campaign," says Connolly.

Fimian and Connolly have until November 2 to make their cases to voters.

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