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VaNews for 2018 US Representative - District 7 - Regular General and 2018 US Representative - District 7 - Regular Primary



THE CANDIDATES WHO CAME IN FROM THE COLD

By BYRON TAU, Wall Street Journal (Subscription Required)

Abigail Spanberger spent years undercover as a CIA case officer managing and recruiting spies. Now she is doing one of the most public things possible: running for Congress.

VaNews August 10, 2018



IN VIRGINIA, WOMEN FORM AN INSURGENCY TO TRY TO TOPPLE REPUBLICAN DAVE BRAT

By MICHAEL TACKETT, New York Times (Metered Paywall - 5 articles a month)

The Liberal Women of Chesterfield County did not exist when Representative Dave Brat, propelled by Tea Party-infused energy, shocked the Republican establishment in 2014 and defeated the House majority leader, Eric Cantor, in a primary triumph here that presaged even greater political upheaval two years later. Now they’re all up in his grill.

VaNews August 9, 2018



'HE'S WAY TOO CONSERVATIVE': FREEDOM CAUCUS MEMBERS ON THE HOT SEAT

By RACHAEL BADE, Politico

Democrat Abigail Spanberger stood on a wooden bench at a vineyard in central Virginia and railed against “the prioritization of ideology over informed decision-making” — a pointed jab at her opponent, House Freedom Caucus member Dave Brat. Spanberger, a 38-year-old former CIA operative, has barnstormed this traditionally Republican stronghold accusing Brat of putting the Freedom Caucus’ intransigent conservative politics over the needs of constituents, and pitching herself as a pragmatist who could represent them better.

VaNews August 6, 2018



VULNERABLE VIRGINIA HOUSE REPUBLICANS LEAD IN MONEY RACE GOING INTO GENERAL ELECTION

By JENNA PORTNOY, Washington Post (Metered Paywall - 3 articles a month)

Three endangered House Republicans from Virginia began the four-month sprint to the November election with more cash than their Democratic challengers, according to the latest campaign finance numbers. Data released late Sunday show that the Republicans are taking threats of a potential Democratic wave seriously as they seek reelection in a state that President Trump lost to Hillary Clinton in 2016.

VaNews July 17, 2018



DEMOCRATS GAIN ON REPUBLICANS IN VA. CONGRESSIONAL FUNDRAISING

By PATRICK WILSON, Richmond Times-Dispatch (Metered Paywall - 5 articles a month)

Democrats running in some of the competitive fall U.S. House races in Virginia outraised Republicans in the second quarter of the year, according to Federal Election Commission reports. Here’s a look:

VaNews July 17, 2018



REP. BRAT BLAMES OBAMA AFTER TRUMP-PUTIN SUMMIT

By PATRICK WILSON, Richmond Times-Dispatch (Metered Paywall - 5 articles a month)

President Donald Trump's Monday summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin - in which Trump challenged the conclusion of American intelligence agencies that Russia interfered in the 2016 election - drew disparate reactions from the candidates for Congress in the contested 7th congressional district.

VaNews July 18, 2018



ARLINGTON DEMOCRATS AIM TO EXPORT EFFORTS TO RACES IN 7TH, 10TH DISTRICTS

Inside NOVA

Although it has its own centerpiece race to focus on in November, the Arlington County Democratic Committee aims to allocate resources to two congressional races across the commonwealth. The party’s “Blue Families” program is planning to assist Democrat Jennifer Wexton’s bid to unseat U.S. Rep. Barbara Comstock (R-10th) and Democrat Abigail Spanberger’s effort to topple U.S. Rep. Dave Brat (R-7th).

VaNews July 9, 2018



PRIMARY CONSIDERATION: WARD REFLECTS ON CONGRESSIONAL CAMPAIGN

By HILARY HOLLADAY, Orange County Review

Dan Ward did not win the Democratic nomination for Congress in the 7th District, but he is still campaigning hard—for his former opponent, Abigail Spanberger. A Spanberger campaign sign planted prominently at the end of his driveway in Orange lets everybody know where he stands. He speaks enthusiastically of the former CIA officer’s chances of beating the incumbent, Dave Brat, in a district some pundits now classify as a “tossup” rather than a Republican stronghold.

VaNews July 9, 2018



REP. DAVE BRAT SAYS MEDIA REPORT ON LARGE PROTEST AT HIS OFFICE WAS 'FAKE'

By PATRICK WILSON, Richmond Times-Dispatch (Metered Paywall - 5 articles a month)

Rep. Dave Brat sent a fundraising email Wednesday challenging a media report that “hundreds” of people protested him outside his Glen Allen office on Sunday. To back his stance, he included a link to an NBC12 report on the protest, which was organized by the group Together We Will Henrico and was to call on Brat to oppose the Trump administration’s separation of immigrant children from their parents.

VaNews July 2, 2018



CAN SPANBERGER AND THE DEMOCRATS WIN THE RED-LEANING 7TH?

By RICH GRISET, Chesterfield Observer

It’s Saturday afternoon, and a large crowd has gathered in Manchester Middle School’s dimly lit auditorium. The temperature in the parking lot is pushing 90 degrees; inside, it tops 80. It’s hot enough that U.S. Sen. Mark Warner has taken off his blue blazer as he addresses members of the Chesterfield County Democratic Committee and Liberal Women of Chesterfield County.

VaNews June 21, 2018