ANNANDALE, Virginia (CNN) – With just ten days before the highly anticipated mid term elections, the candidates for Virginia's 11th Congressional district were out on the campaign trail Saturday. Democratic Congressman Gerry Connolly and Republican candidate Keith Fimian walked along the parade route of the Annandale Fall Festival trying to woo voters.
Rep. Connolly is hoping to win a second term in battleground Virginia where polls currently show him with a tenuous lead.
"We're going to be working our tails off right up until the first vote is cast and maybe even after that too. You take nothing for granted you take no one for granted," Connolly told CNN. "I believe that hard work and that passion for public service I bring to this job is going to pay off on November 2nd."
Fimian, who Connolly defeated by a sizeable margin in 2008, is hoping for a different outcome in this year's re-match. Republicans believe if they can win competitive House races like Virginia's 11th district, they can recapture the majority in the House of Representatives.
Fimian has consistently criticized his opponent for supporting controversial legislation like health care reform and cap and trade, and often describes Connolly as an inside-Washington, career politician.
"He does not know how to fix the problems our nation faces," Fimian told CNN. "He broke what's broke if you will. We are here because of him not in spite of him."
Virginia's 11th district is a close neighbor of Washington, D.C. and a stronghold for federal workers and contractors. Connolly hopes that will work in his favor.
"Our tradition here is pragmatic, centrist, not tea-party ideologues. That's a real problem for my opponent," Connolly said.
But Fimian insists if he wins, he'll be a bipartisan member of Congress.
"It's not a zero sum game and I'm willing to reach across the aisle to anyone who's willing to work with me in good faith," Fimian said.
Many Democrats feel confident that they will win the district. But in a year of heated ad wars and emerging parties, no seat is safe.