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Another closely watched race in Northern Virginia will be former Delegate Jeffrey M. Frederick, a Republican, squaring off against longtime incumbent state Sen. Linda “Toddy” Puller, Fairfax Democrat, for the 36th District Senate seat.

A state Democrat official said Mrs. Puller will be tough to beat, no matter what GOP candidate she faces because of her strong connection to the district.

Mr. Frederick, who was ousted as state party chairman in 2009, pointed out the district he ran in — and won — as a delegate was more Democratic than the new 36th District, which stretches from Fairfax to Stafford County.

“We have a broad coalition — Republicans, Democrats and independents,” he said. “They can say whatever they want. As far as I’m concerned, let them say it’s impossible for me to win.”