GOP Candidate Captures Open House Seat

From Times Wire Reports

Republicans expanded their narrow majority in the U.S. House of Representatives as Randy Forbes defeated Democrat Louise Lucas in a special election to fill an open seat from Virginia.

With all 239 precincts reporting unofficial returns, Forbes had 70,926 votes, or 52%, to 65,194 votes, or 48%, for Lucas. Voter turnout was about 38%.

The contest between the two state senators to succeed Rep. Norman Sisisky, a Democrat who died in March, was widely viewed as a referendum on the Bush administration and as a bellwether for next year's midterm elections.

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