Boucher challenger emerges

Republicans look to have finally gotten their man in Rep. Rick Boucher's (D-Va.) district.

Boucher has emerged as a top GOP target this cycle, thanks to the conservative nature of his southwestern Virginia district. The question has long been whether Republicans would be able to field anyone formidable against the 28-year incumbent.

In state House Majority Leader Morgan Griffith, they appear to have it.

From the Roanoke Times:

After weeks of indecision, state Del. Morgan Griffith, R-Salem, is lining up support for a likely campaign against Democratic U.S. Rep. Rick Boucher of Abingdon.

Griffith, the majority leader of the House of Delegates, was contacting party leaders and activists in the 9th Congressional District on Saturday to nail down support for his candidacy and is nearing a decision to formally enter the race. He faces a March 1 deadline to file as a Republican candidate in the district.

"It's going to take a lot of time and money, but I believe it can be done," Griffith said in a telephone interview Saturday. "I just have to make sure there's nothing I've overlooked."

Griffith, who has consulted with local, state and congressional Republicans over the past several weeks, said he has not made a firm decision. But two state Republican operatives with knowledge of Griffith's plans said he is likely to run for the congressional seat after getting positive feedback from GOP activists in the district.

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