Republican Defeats 14-term Democrat in Va.

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RICHMOND, Va. - Republican Morgan Griffith has unseated 14-term Democratic Congressman Rick Boucher, a major victory for the GOP in an election that's been cast as a referendum on President Barack Obama.

Griffith, who is Virginia's House Majority Leader, entered the race because of Boucher's vote for the cap and trade bill aimed at reducing carbon emissions.

Aided by groups that spent millions of anonymously donated dollars, Griffith labeled the failed bill as a job-killing national energy tax. Griffith also painted Boucher as a rubber stamp for policies pushed by Obama and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.

Boucher had tried to make an issue of where Griffith lives. Griffith resides in Salem, which is outside the 9th Congressional District that he'll represent.

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