Final Count Shows Connolly Beating Fimian | WAMU 88.5 - American University Radio

: News

Final Count Shows Connolly Beating Fimian

Play associated audio

The election results from the closely contested race for Northern Virginia's 11th Congressional District have now been certified at the local level, and it looks like Democratic Congressman Gerry Connolly will be spending another two years on Capitol Hill.

But it's not clear when, or if, Republican challenger Keith Fimian will concede.

Fairfax County Republican Committee Chairman Anthony Bedell says there are still reasons to withhold final judgment on the race.

In an email to supporters, he raised concerns about how military absentee ballots were handled and that in several precincts more votes were tallied than actual voters.

"I don't think anyone is alleging voter fraud at this point -- we're just examining these incidents to see what happened," Bedell says.

James Walkinshaw, campaign manager for Connolly, says any suggestion that the results of the election are in doubt or can be reversed are not credible.

"It's tough to put to bed allegations that never had any basis in truth, fact or evidence," Walkinshaw says.

Edgardo Cortes, general registrar for Fairfax County, says the post-election review found no irregularities with absentee ballots and actually corrected minor discrepancies at various precincts.

"The process worked exactly as it was supposed to," Cortes says, "and that's how we can ensure that the results that the board certifies are accurate."

The Fimian campaign has not said whether it will seek a recount.

Meanwhile, Connolly is in the hospital. A spokesman says the congressman's doctor recommended he be hospitalized for some testing after a check-up earlier in the week. He is expected to be back to work Monday.

NPR

In 'Transparent,' Transgender Issues Are A Family Affair

Amazon Studios' Transparent features a slate of well-known actors playing a family dealing with the revelation that the person they'd known as Mort, their father, is a transgender woman.
NPR

Syrup Induces Pumpkin-Spiced Fever Dreams

Hugh Merwin, an editor at Grub Street, bought a 63-ounce jug of pumpkin spice syrup and put it in just about everything he ate for four days. As he tells NPR's Scott Simon, it did not go well.
NPR

Man Caught At White House Is An Army Veteran

Omar J. Gonzales, the 42-year-old man who the Secret Service says ran onto the White House grounds and entered a door Friday night, is an Army veteran who served in Iraq.
NPR

Drivers, Passengers Say Uber App Doesn't Always Yield Best Routes

People love Uber, but they often complain the Uber app's built-in navigation doesn't give its drivers the best directions. The company says the app helps drivers and passengers travel efficiently.

Leave a Comment

Help keep the conversation civil. Please refer to our Terms of Use and Code of Conduct before posting your comments.