Virginia House Democrat Boucher loses re-election: networks

Congressman Rick Boucher (D-VA) speaks during the Energy Independence: From Wall Street to Washington panel at the 2008 Milken Institute Global Conference in Beverly Hills, California April 28, 2008. REUTERS/Phil McCarten

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Virginia Democratic Representative Rick Boucher lost his re-election bid on Tuesday to Republican state lawmaker Morgan Griffith, CNN and Fox projected, a boost for Republicans seeking to win control of the House of Representatives.

Boucher represents a more conservative part of Virginia and voted against the healthcare legislation but backed the stimulus package aimed at reviving the struggling economy.

Reporting by Jeremy Pelofsky; Editing by Tim Dobbyn