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Posted at 1:28 p.m. on Jan. 15, 2014
Updated 2:41 p.m. | Maybe Virginia Democrats should start figuring out who isn’t running for retiring Rep. James P. Moran’s seat?
Moran’s 12-term hold on the seat, located in the strong Democratic suburbs of Washington, D.C., has left a long line of ambitious pols poised to unload into the primary for Virginia’s 8th District.
Democratic operatives say Moran’s brother, Brian Moran, is an obvious potential successor. A longtime state legislator and former chairman of the Virginia Democratic Party, Brian Moran would have the strong name identification and financial connections to run a competitive bid. The district is pricey because it includes the Washington, D.C. media market.
But Brian Moran recently took a job with Gov. Terry McAuliffe’s administration, raising questions as to whether he’d run for the seat.
Operatives mentioned many other names of potential candidates as well:
In all likelihood, the district will stay in Democratic hands in 2014. President Barack Obama carried the district with 68 percent in 2012.
The filing deadline to run for the seat is March 27. The primary is June 3.
Virginia’s 8th District is rated a Safe Democratic contest by Rothenberg Political Report/Roll Call.
Update 2:41 p.m. | More Democratic names have surfaced as potential candidates in the hours after Moran’s retirement.