Republican Keith Fimian lost by a razor-thin margin in November to Rep. Gerry Connolly (D-Va.) but told a group of Tea Party activists Tuesday that his race won Republicans at least three additional House seats across the country last month.
Speaking at a gathering of Northern Virginia Tea Party activists, Fimian said it was House Republican whip Eric Cantor (R-Va.) who credited him with drawing Democratic money to save Connolly, helping put as many as three other GOP challengers over the top.
"Eric Cantor told me your efforts drew enough fire in the final few weeks to [gain] at least three Republican seats," Fimian told the crowd.
Fimian conceded defeat to Connolly a week after Election Day after he chose to forgo a recount.
The Virginia Republican told The Ballot Box that he isn't ruling out another run against Connolly in two years, and wants to wait and see what redistricting brings.
"I haven't really had time to think about it yet or talk about it with my family to a major degree, but it's wise to keep one's options open because redistricting is going to have a major impact," Fimian said.
Depending on the way the district is reconfigured ahead of 2012, a rematch with Connolly could look even more appealing for Fimian.
"More than $2 million in about 10 days," Fimian said of the Democratic money that poured into his race against Connolly down the stretch. "The fact that they won by less than 1,000 votes after dumping that kind of firepower says a lot about the kind of campaign we ran. So it would be foolish to rule out running again."