- Associated Press - Tuesday, June 14, 2016

FAIRFAX, Va. (AP) - Virginia Republicans have opted against fielding a candidate to run against Democratic incumbent Gerry Connolly in the 11th Congressional District.

Paul Prados, chairman of the 11th District GOP Committee, said the committee voted unanimously Monday night to field no candidate. Prados said the committee felt its efforts were better directed toward supporting presumptive presidential nominee Donald Trump and working to defeat a county referendum on a proposed meals tax.

Prados said no viable candidate was available to take on Connolly, a four-term incumbent who won in 2014 with 57 percent of the vote.

At a district convention last month, the party voted to reject the only candidate who had filed. Prados said there was no evidence that candidate would run a vigorous campaign.

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