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Anti-Incumbent Super PAC Challenges Moran

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Virginia Congressman Jim Moran speaking at a rally for Jim Webb in 2006. He was once considered a "safe" candidate for re-election, before the influx of Super PAC money.
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Virginia Congressman Jim Moran speaking at a rally for Jim Webb in 2006. He was once considered a "safe" candidate for re-election, before the influx of Super PAC money.

Virginia holds its Congressional primaries soon and Democratic Congressman Jim Moran's opponent is receiving extra assistance from an outside Super PAC.

Moran is being challenged by businessman and political newcomer Bruce Shuttleworth. On paper, Moran is in a safe district and he's got more than $400,000 in his campaign coffers. But a new Super PAC -- the Campaign for Primary Accountability -- is going after incumbent lawmakers, and they are targeting Moran. The 11 term lawmaker says he's worried, because he expects them to dump at least $400,000 into his primary.

"It's going to be very difficult, because very few people are going to come out in the primary, so they can control this election and they could very well win."

The Super PAC is currently spending money to oust 6 incumbents in order to bring new blood to the Capitol.

As for the idea of term limits for Congressmen, Moran isn't a fan: "Well what it does is put the lobbyists and staff in charge."

Shuttleworth's fundraising numbers are still low enough that he doesn't have to publish them publicly, so the outside spending represents a big assist to the Navy veteran.

The Virginia primary is scheduled for June 12.

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