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Democratic Incumbent Involved in Auto Accident

Rep. Tom Perriello (D-Va.) charged with traffic violation.

3:11 PM, Oct 18, 2010 • By MICHAEL WARREN
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From the Daily Caller's Alex Pappas:

Democratic Rep. Tom Perriello has been charged with a traffic violation following a car wreck in Virginia that left a 23-year-old woman injured.

Perriello, in the midst of a tough re-election fight, was charged by police with making an unsafe lane change, according to the Richmond Times-Dispatch.

That report said Perriello was not hurt in the Sunday night incident. Police have ruled out alcohol or speed as a factor.

This isn't good news for embattled Democrat Tom Perriello. The latest poll in the race between Perriello and Republican challenger Robert Hurt shows Hurt with a six-point lead. A recent SurveyUSA poll gave Hurt an 11-point lead, and Real Clear Politics says this race leans Republican. Perriello is fighting for reelection after winning in 2008 by the smallest margin of any victorious Democratic candidate.

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