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Monday, October 09, 2006
Will social conservatives show up at the polls?
From CNN Correspondent Mary Snow

VIRGINIA BEACH, Virginia (CNN) -- Rep. Thelma Drake, R-Virginia, was already locked in a tight re-election contest before it was recently revealed that a fellow GOP colleague was exchanging sexually explicit instant messages with teenage House pages.

For Drake, news of then-Rep. Mark Foley's, R-Florida, conduct couldn't have come at a worse time -- 30 days before Election Day. Drake is counting on social conservative Republicans to turn out in droves to help her win the day and another two-year term. But some people leaving churches Sunday acknowledged that overall they are disappointed with the Washington Republican establishment and they said the Foley matter is just making it worse. Many of these people living in this military community, which is home to Pat Robertson's Christian Broadcasting Network, also said they were undecided on how they would vote in the hotly contested House race between Drake and Democratic challenger Phil Kellam.

Drake is just one of many Republican incumbents with no connection to Foley, who now have to deal with the fallout of the page scandal.
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