This means that Hurt goes on to face incumbent Representative Tom Perriello (D-Ivy) in the November general election. Perriello, who was elected in 2008 by a margin of only 727 votes, has already raised at least $2 million to use in his campaign. Both national parties have targeted the Fifth District as a "must win," so we can expect several million dollars will be poured into the race from both sides.
As it happens, state Senator Hurt will be celebrating his 41st birthday on Wednesday, June 16, just a few days from now.
Several Virginia bloggers are joining together to sponsor a "money bomb" for congressional candidate Robert Hurt during the 24 hours between 12:01 a.m. and 11:59 p.m. on June 16. We are encouraging our readers to make a special birthday contribution to state Senator Hurt's campaign that day in whatever amounts they can. (I like to make my initial contribution to any campaign in the amount of "$17.76," just a bit of symbolism that I hope the candidate takes to heart.) Perhaps contributors can be creative with amounts of $41 (the candidate's new age) or $616 (the date: 6/16) or even $2010.
Here is the link to Robert Hurt's contributions page: Donate to Robert Hurt.
For more information about the campaign, visit http://www.roberthurtforcongress.com/. You can also read my Examiner.com interview with Senator Hurt here. For those in the Charlottesville area, there will be a GOP Unity Rally with Hurt and the other primary candidates on Saturday, June 12, beginning at 9:00 a.m.
Remember, the Robert Hurt for Congress Money Bomb will take place during the 24 hours of Wednesday, June 16, 2010. Be sure to wish the candidate a happy birthday that day.