FILE - In this July 14, 2018, file photo, computer mouse pads with Secure the Vote logo on them are seen on a vendor's table at a convention of state secretaries of state in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Mel Evans, File)

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Blue Wave Hits Virginia

3 GOP Congressmen Defeated

November 07, 2018 - 9:12 am

Richmond, Va. (Newsradio -- Virginia Democrats are celebrating a "blue wave". Democrats defeated three incumbent GOP Congressional members in the midterm election. Democrats now hold a 7-4 edge in the state's Congressional delegation, which had been 7-4 in favor of the GOP.

Former CIA operative Abigail Spanberger is claiming victory as she holds onto about a 5,000 vote lead over two term Congressman Dave Brat in the 7th District. Brat has not conceded the race. It is the first time in 50 years a Democrat has won the Richmond area district.

Democrat Elaine Luria took down incumbent Republican Scott Taylor, who was hoping for a second term, but his campaign got tarnished in a ballot fraud scandal as his staff tried to help get a third candidate in the race to draw votes from the Democrat. Luria won by about 6,000 votes in the 2nd District.

And state Senator Jennifer Wexton brought down incumbent GOP Congresswoman Barbara by tying her to President Trump. The Democrat got 56% of the vote to Comstock's almost 44% in the 10th District.

In other Congressional races Republican Rob Wittman defended his seat against Democrat Vangie Williams in the 1st District. Democrat Bobby Scott was unchallenged in the 3rd District and received 91% of the vote. Democrat incumbent Donald McEachin easily beat his GOP challenger, Ryan McAdams by an almost 2 to 1 margin in the 4th.

Republican Ben Cline held onto his seat in the 6th against Democrat Jennifer Lewis. Democrat Don Beyer cruised to an easy win in the 8th District against Thomas Oh. Republican Morgan Griffith crushed Democratic challenger Anthony Flaccavento in the 9th, and Democrat Gerald Connolly blew out Republican Jeff Dove with 71% of the vote to Dove's 27%.

And in the state's only statewide race, U.S. Senator Tim Kaine easly defended a challenge from Republican Corey Stewart.  Kaine, who was Hillary Clinton's running mate got almost 57% of the vote to Stewart's 41%.

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