Democrats and Republicans Continue to Vie over VA Redistricting

By: BOB LEWIS - AP Political Writer
By: BOB LEWIS - AP Political Writer

Dominant Democrats in Virginia's Senate were looking to put away their Republican rivals in redrawing Senate district lines. But some Republicans aren't going away quietly.

In at least one district, a targeted Republican senator has moved out of a district where he'd have to challenge a fellow Republican senator.

Sen. Bill Stanley of Franklin County says he's renting a house ten minutes from the home he owns so he can meet residency requirements to take on Democratic Sen. Roscoe Reynolds.

If Republicans can pick up two Democratic seats, they'll control the House, the Senate and the governor's office for the first time in ten years and give Gov. Bob McDonnell the chance he's looking for to enact his conservative agenda.

All 40 House seats are up for election this fall.

©2011 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.


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