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2008 Virginia's 1st congressional district election

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Virginia's 1st congressional district election, 2008

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Nominee Rob Wittman Bill Day
Party Republican Democratic
Popular vote 203,839 150,452
Percentage 56.6% 41.8%

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Representative before election

Rob Wittman

Elected Representative

Rob Wittman

The Virginia 1st congressional district election, 2008 was held on November 4, 2008, the same day as the 2008 United States presidential election. The candidates appeared on Cathy Lewis' TV program, What Matters, on October 15.[1] The candidates held a spirited and well-attended[2] debate on October 22 in which differing opinions on health care and the economy played a central role. Wittman defended his vote against the bailout package, while Day said he would have voted for it, and Larson said that it would have been better for the economy if the banks had been allowed to fail. On Medicare, Wittman advocated restructuring the system, while Day argued for expanding it and Larson shocked the audience by calling for its abolition.[3][4] Wittman won the election.[5]



Incumbent Rob Wittman is the Republican nominee.[6] A Westmoreland County resident, former State Board of Health field director for the Division of Shellfish Sanitation and past member of the Virginia House of Delegates,[7] he has only held the seat since January 2008, having won the Virginia's 1st congressional district special election, 2007 to succeed deceased Congresswoman Jo Ann Davis. He has taken up many of her causes, including the FairTax, veterans' interests and getting rid of the remainder of the ghost fleet stationed at the James River.[8][9][10] Like Davis, he is also introducing legislation to allow Virginia to regulate the importation of trash from other states.[11]


Bill Day was the Democratic nominee.[12] He previously ran for Virginia Delegate representing the 31st District, losing to Scott Lingamfelter[13] by a close margin of 45% to 55%.[14]

Day earned a bachelor's degree in construction from Arizona State University in 1974, an MBA from Harvard in 1983, and a master's degree in counseling from West Virginia State University in 1991. He used to live in Fauquier County where he worked as a mental health counselor. Day was very active in the community, and volunteered with Habitat for Humanity in both Fauquier and Prince William County, and Mend A House in Prince William County. Day is an advocate of energy independence and renewable energy technologies.[15]

The Democratic Party of Virginia held its convention on May 17 in Williamsburg, Virginia and selected Keith Hummel, the only person running for the Democratic nomination at the time. Only four votes were cast to not nominate anyone.[16] A Westmoreland County physician and self-described "populist Democrat", Hummel also operates a farm and winery. The issues he was running on included enacting trade and tax policies to protect American jobs and American interests (rather than those of a few multinational corporations); using the military for defense rather than offensively; providing better health care and other benefits to veterans; and universal health care.[17]


Anarcho-capitalist Catlett resident Nathan Larson filed a declaration of candidacy on May 7, and was certified for the ballot on June 6. He was nominated by the Libertarian Party 1st Congressional District Convention on June 3[18][19] and endorsed by the Independent Greens of Virginia on June 12.[20] The main issues he was running on are free market roads and transit privatization,[21] which he proposed as the solution to DC Metropolitan area traffic congestion, recently ranked the second-worst in the country.[22] He supported auctioning off the Interstate Highway System and rail systems such as Amtrak to private investors.[23] Larson also sought to dissolve the U.S. military and establish a competitive market for defense services.[24] Prior to his campaign, Larson was a student senator and cannabis reform activist at George Mason University.[25][26]


US House election, 2008: Virginia District 1[27]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Republican Robert J. Wittman 203,839 56.57
Democratic Bill S. Day 150,432 41.75
Libertarian Nathan D. Larson 5,265 1.46
Write-in Write-ins 756 0.21
Turnout 360,292 72.06
Republican hold Swing

See also


  1. ^ Conversation with the Congressional Candidates, What Matters, October 15, 2008
  2. ^
  3. ^,0,3738147.story[permanent dead link]
  4. ^
  5. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2012-04-01. Retrieved 2012-07-21.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  6. ^ Rob Wittman for Congress
  7. ^,0,4378561.storyhe[permanent dead link]
  8. ^ "The Online Office of Congressman Rob Wittman - Ghost Fleet". Archived from the original on 2008-05-05. Retrieved 2008-05-11.
  9. ^ "The Online Office of Congressman Rob Wittman - Taxes & Economy". Archived from the original on 2008-05-05. Retrieved 2008-05-11.
  10. ^ "The Online Office of Congressman Rob Wittman - Veterans". Archived from the original on 2008-05-05. Retrieved 2008-05-11.
  11. ^ " - Wittman's bill looks at out-of-state trash". Archived from the original on 2008-12-04. Retrieved 2008-06-14.
  12. ^ Bill Day Announcement Fred2Blue
  13. ^ Day for Delegate Archived 2008-04-15 at the Wayback Machine 2007 house of delegates campaign website
  14. ^ Virginia Public Access Project Virginia Public Access Project
  15. ^ Bill Day for Congress 2008 Archived 2008-08-22 at the Wayback Machine official campaign website
  16. ^ "Democratic Party of Virginia | Event | Meeting, 1st Congressional District Democratic Committee". Archived from the original on 2008-08-06. Retrieved 2008-05-11.
  17. ^ Hummel for Congress official campaign website
  18. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2008-06-04. Retrieved 2008-05-24.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  19. ^ "Virginia State Board of Elections : CandidatesList-Results". Archived from the original on 2008-08-06. Retrieved 2019-08-28.
  20. ^ Third Party Watch » Blog Archive » Independent Greens congrats to Nathan Larson for making ballot for Congress
  21. ^
  22. ^ Mummolo, Jonathan (September 19, 2007). "A Ranking Writ In Brake Lights: D.C. 2nd in Traffic". The Washington Post. Retrieved May 27, 2010.
  23. ^ "Transportation - Larson2008". Archived from the original on 2008-10-09. Retrieved 2008-06-27.
  24. ^
  25. ^ LPVA - News
  26. ^ "Grievance filed over marijuana bill". Archived from the original on 2008-06-29. Retrieved 2008-07-05.
  27. ^

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