Congressman Rick Boucher with Floyd County Store owner Woody Crenshaw during visit to Floyd

Many Congressional incumbents around the country are in trouble. At the moment, veteran 9th District Congressman Rick Boucher does not appear to be one of them.

A new poll shows Democrat Boucher leading Republican challenger Morgan Griffith by 13 points — 52-39 percent. An incumbent with more than 50 percent re-elect is not usually considered in trouble.

Griffith, of couse, sees it different, calling his attempt to defeat the long-time Congressman “one of the most competitive races in the country.”

Given his record, I’ve always suspected Griffith is on drugs. This comment ices it.

Boucher will be hard to beat. He has a solid political base in Southwestern Virginia and generally votes the wishes of his constituency, even when it means going against the Democratic leadership of Congress. He was one of the few Democrats to vote against Obama’s so-called “health care reform.”

Griffith, on the other hand, is a right-wing flake that even many conservative Republicans consider too far out on the fringe.

Things could change by November but — at this point — the odds favor Boucher for another term.

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