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GOP Rep: 'I Wake Up Every Day Not Thinking About The Social Issues'

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Rigell has built a reputation of late as the rare House Republican willing to break from GOP orthodoxy. In September, he was the only Republican in the lower chamber to vote against a government spending bill to defund the Affordable Care Act.

Democrat Suzanne Patrick, a former naval officer, announced in August that she will challenge Rigell in Virginia's Second Congressional District.