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Bob Marshall joins 10th District GOP race in Va.

Thursday - 2/13/2014, 6:00pm  ET

MANASSAS, Va. (AP) -- Del. Bob Marshall, an outspoken conservative on economic and social issues, is jumping into the GOP race to succeed longtime congressman Frank Wolf.

Marshall, who has represented parts of Prince William and Loudoun counties in the General Assembly for more than 20 years, says he has a stronger record on supporting conservative values than Del. Barbara Comstock, R-Fairfax, who had been the undisputed front-runner prior to Marshall's announcement.

Republicans are holding a firehouse primary in April to choose their nominee. Marshall said he believe his candidacy will appeal to the party activists who typically make up the electorate in such a primary.

In 2008, Marshall ran for the U.S. Senate and nearly won the nomination over heavily favored former Gov. Jim Gilmore at a nominating convention.

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