Women dominate in Va. Democratic House primaries


Jun 12, 2018 10:45 PM - 5 days, 8 hours, 32 minutes, 33 seconds ago


Women dominate in Va. Democratic House primaries


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FILE - In this Nov. 4, 2014 file photo Rep. Barbara Comstock, R-Va. speaks in Ashburn, Va. Comstock won the GOP primary in her northern Virginia district Tuesday, June 12, 2018, fending off a challenge on her right from Air Force veteran Shak Hill. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon, File)

McLEAN, Va. (AP) — Women roared to victories Tuesday in Democratic primaries across Virginia on Tuesday, falling in line with what has been a national trend.

In every Democratic primary where a woman was on the ballot in Virginia, a woman won the nomination.

Robert Monroe, 53, a video producer from Glen Allen, Virginia, said he voted for Abigail Spanberger in the 7th Congressional District because he believes she has a better chance of defeating Republican U.S. Rep. Dave Brat in November.

"To be honest with you, I voted for her because she is a woman. To defeat Dave Brat, I think we need to energize the voters, particularly the female voters. I think she will energize that voting bloc," he said.

In northern Virginia, a key battleground in Democrats' campaign to take control of the House of Representatives was set after Democrat Jennifer Wexton won the right to take on two-term GOP incumbent Barbara Comstock.

Wexton, a state senator from Loudoun County who had the endorsement of Gov. Ralph Northam, won her primary with relative ease in a crowded six-candidate field in which several candidates matched or exceeded her fundraising. (The second- and third-place finishers were also women.)

Comstock fended off a challenge on her right from former Air Force veteran Shak Hill.

Wexton, after her victory, came out with a statement immediately attacking Comstock's links to the National Rifle Association.

"Barbara Comstock has worked to strip health care from millions of Americans, proudly touts her A rating from the NRA, and is so out of touch with this district that she hides from her constituents and has never held a single town hall," Wexton said.

The Comstock-Wexton race in Virginia's 10th Congressional District is seen as a tossup. The district stretches from the wealthy suburbs of McLean, inside the Capital Beltway, west to Winchester. Comstock won re-election in 2016 with 53 percent of the vote, but voters there supported Hillary Clinton in 2016 by a 10-point margin over President Donald Trump.

Comstock has kept her distance from Trump. In 2016, she urged him to drop out of the presidential race over his 2005 lewd comments about women - captured on an "Access Hollywood" microphone.

Democrats also have hopes in a few other Virginia districts. In central Virginia's 7th Congressional District, Spanberger handily defeated Dan Ward, a former Marine Corps pilot.

Spanberger told a cheering crowd at an election night party at a Richmond hotel she would flip the district in the fall. She faces Brat, who is seeking ...

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