Jim Moran Coasts To Easy Victory In Virginia 8th District Democratic Primary

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RICHMOND, Va. (CBSDC/AP) — Jim Moran has easily vanquished a little-known challenger in the 8th District Democratic primary as he seeks his 12th term in Congress.

Moran represents heavily Democratic Alexandria and Arlington just across the Potomac River from Washington. He won 68 percent of the vote Tuesday over challenger Bruce Shuttleworth.

Shuttleworth, a former Navy fighter pilot, challenged Moran on ethics issues, raising questions about persistent conflicts of interest for the 67-year-old congressman.

Shuttleworth barely made the primary ballot. Democratic Party officials initially ruled he had too few registered voter signatures on his qualifying petitions. He sued and party officials relented.

Moran’s brother, Brian, is the Democratic Party of Virginia chairman.

Moran faces a November rematch with Republican Patrick Murray, whom he beat by nearly a 2-to-1 ratio in 2010.

View complete results of Tuesday’s primaries.

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