- The Washington Times - Wednesday, November 5, 2008

The balance of power in Virginia’s congressional delegation now appears to hinge on the outcome of one contest.

Democratic challenger Tom Perriello and Republican incumbent Virgil H. Goode Jr. are nearly deadlocked in a race to represent the 5th District.

With all 307 precincts reporting, Mr. Goode led Mr. Perriello by just 446 votes this morning, and each candidate had won roughly 50 percent of the vote. The race has not been called by the Associated Press.

A victory by Mr. Goode would give Virginia Republicans a slim 6-5 majority in Congress, a far cry from the 8-3 lead they held entering Tuesday.

A win for Mr. Perriello would shift Virginia’s balance of power in the House toward Democrats, following elections that saw voters give the party control of the state’s second U.S. Senate seat and side with a Democratic presidential candidate for the first time since 1964.

The GOP’s majority was further trimmed with an apparent victory by Democratic challenger Glenn C. Nye III over incumbent Republican Thelma Drake in the 2nd District.

With about 99 percent of 161 precincts reporting this morning, Mr. Nye had won 52 percent of the vote compared to Mrs. Drake’s 48 percent. The Associated Press called the race for Mr. Nye at 2:40 a.m. Wednesday.

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