DEMS Flip GOP Seat In Affluent, Educated Northern Virginia, Comstock OUT, Jennifer Wexton Unseats Trump Ally

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Virginia state Sen. Jennifer Wexton has defeated two-term Republican Rep. Barbara Comstock to win a hotly contested race to in Virginia’s 10th District, according to NBC and CNN.

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Voters in the affluent Northern Virginia suburban district have sent Republicans to Congress for 60 of the past 66 years.

 

This year, however, shifting political winds across the state collided with President Donald Trump’s unpopularity, turning the district into a prime pickup opportunity for Democrats.

In a year which has proven difficult for many incumbent Republicans, Comstock’s odds looked especially bleak. From the start of the campaign, Wexton has maintained a commanding lead over Comstock in polls, averaging about seven percentage points ahead.

 

Trump also likely contributed to Comstock’s weakened support among voters. In the 2016 presidential race, Trump lost the 10th district to Hillary Clinton by 10 points. A recent Monmouth poll found that the president’s approval rating in the district was underwater by 11 points.

 

Despite the prevailing political forces, Wexton mounted a hyper-local campaign, and focused on issues like healthcare and gun violence prevention. As a career prosecutor, Wexton was also well positioned to defend herself against GOP attack ads portraying Democrats as weak on crime and national security.

 

Written By: Tommy Lightfoot Garrett
Photographs are Courtesy:  Gene Page/AMC
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