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Republican Morgan Griffith upsets Democrat US Rep. Rick Boucher's bid for 15th term

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The Associated Press reports that Republican Morgan Griffith has upset Democrat US Rep. Rick Boucher's bid for 15th term.  With 74% of the precincts reporting, Griffith led with 52.51% of the votes.  Boucher sat at 45.08% and Independent Jeremiah Heaton held 2.31%.

Griffith won despite Boucher's efforts to make an issue of the fact that he lives in Salem, outside Virginia's 9th District, which he will represent.

Griffith, who is Virginia's House Majority Leader, entered the race because of Boucher's vote for the cap and trade bill aimed at reducing carbon emissions.

Aided by groups that spent millions of anonymously donated dollars, Griffith labeled the failed bill as a job-killing national energy tax.

Boucher also was presented as a rubber stamp for unpopular policies promoted by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Obama.

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