Jeff E. Shapiro Richmond Times Dispatch
Jennifer Wexton is obsessed with Patsy Cline.
Wexton, a Northern Virginia Democrat seeking a third term in the U.S. House of Representatives, for a ceremony to name the post office in downtown Winchester after the iconic country singer who was born there 90 years ago. , returned to the Old District on Friday.
It may have been rejected by rural-minded Republicans as cultural appropriation, but nevertheless, to convince voters it wasn’t just an altercation, especially at the start of the campaign season’s Labor Day. , was one of the little things pollsters do.
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Wexton, first elected in the 2018 anti-Trump wave, faces congressional votes and Joe Biden on legislation naming Loudon Street outlets for Klein, who died in a plane crash in Tennessee in 1963 at the age of 30. It was signed into action by the President.
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Wexton’s 10th District, traditionally separated by Democratic Winchester and its surrounding Republican rural re-election districts, is now anchored in the lush suburbs of Washington, DC.
That includes a chunk of Loudong County — including her home and that of Republican opponent Hung Cao, a Vietnam-born retired naval captain. Even as a symbol of the region’s diversity, he pushes the anti-immigrant themes promoted by Donald Trump, echoing Gov. Glenn Youngkin’s outrage over the supposed awakening in public schools.
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Before Biden’s approval ratings were even lower, gas prices were even higher, and key swing voters were revitalized by the Supreme Court’s decision to abolish federal protections against abortion, the 10th was to varying degrees for Republicans. It is one of three districts held by promising Democrats. .
With two months to go before the election, Biden’s numbers are improving, aided by a legislative victory. Gasoline prices have fallen and abortion rights have spurred unexpected Democratic victories in recent special congressional elections in New York and Alaska.
Additionally, some Republicans running in Biden-led Virginia are fleeing Trump, who is embroiled in yet another scandal.
This doesn’t mean these Republican campaigns will fall apart, borrowing a line from one of Patsy Cline’s biggest hits.
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Cao Cao is not seen as much of a threat to Wexton, but in the well-defended Second District on the Atlantic, Republicans are optimistic. /6 committee and 45 relentless critics.
Luria speaks of her support for abortion rights and the goodies she’s donated to the district, including more than $8 million to upgrade the Republican-leaning Eastern Shore’s emergency communications system.
Kigans, who stepped away from Trump to win a state Senate seat in 2019, will accompany him during the Republican primary and fully audit Biden’s 10 percentage point victory in Virginia in 2020. endorsed a $70 million budget revision to The FBI has been branded as a political instrument of the Biden White House after investigators searched Trump’s nursing home in Florida for classified documents.
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Thanks to that, Luria was able to portray fellow Navy veteran Kiganz as a servile Trumpist who also had to respond to her hostility towards abortion.
Kigans’ message is focused. Luria is unquestionably in favor of Mr. Biden, and he supports a big-money program that fuels inflation.
Under former boundaries, Biden carried the 2nd District. But the credible Democrat Norfolk is stripped. Virginia Beach, home to both candidates, is the center of the Republican lawn-bound district, much of which is rural.
While Kigans lags far behind Luria in fundraising — with Republicans raising $1.5 million and Democrats nearly $6 million — GOP organizations are spending frenziedly for Kigans: $3.9 million . Luria also gets a lot of help from outsiders. About $1.8 million. You can expect more from both.
For all the noise, money, and swinging nature of Virginia Beach — not to mention redistricting — handicappers rate Luria-Kigans as a toss-up. To Democratic incumbent Abigail Spanberger’s suburbs on the edge of DC in Prince William County.
A Mark Warner-type centrist, Spanberger is backed for a third term against Prince William’s boss, Yesli Vega, whose parents fled El Salvador. Like Cao Cao, in the 10th District, Vega is the new multicolored Virginia symbol.
Vega hopes to reach out to the district’s Hispanic community and capitalize on her grievances with Democrats over cultural issues such as abortion, which she opposes. But after the Supreme Court overturned her Roe v. Wade ruling, Vega, as a blue suburb, may prove too extreme when it comes to abortion. She doesn’t say whether exceptions should be made for rape, incest, or to save a woman’s life.
Vega has also appeared to distance herself from Trump, removing any references to him from the biography portion of her website.
And in a district home to thousands of federal employees, Vega criticized himself on a conservative talk show, saying that the host government’s shutdown might be one of the few ways to shrink the bureaucracy in the Biden era. I didn’t help.
Spanberger pounced on Vega over abortion and the federal workforce, huge economic drivers in Northern Virginia. Spanberger has upped his stakes by luring into the contest Republican Gov. Glenn Youngkin, whose unexpected win last year and so much money should have promised GOP gains this year.
With Interstate 95 a vital district for commuters in the Washington area, Spanberger was on the North Virginia stretch of the highway when a paralyzing snowstorm hit just before Youngkin took office in January. Kudos to Youngkin for analyzing nighttime traffic jams along.
Spanberger asked, what would Youngkin do to prevent that from happening again?
Youngkin replied that Spanberger was doing politics. Her question is a sign of a close match with Vega.
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