(Jay Hart, WINA)

Spanberger Takes Seventh District

Congressman Brat Does Not Concede In Tight Race

November 07, 2018 - 12:52 am

Richmond, Va. (Newsradiowrva.com) - Holding her daughter in one arm for part of the speech, Congresswoman-elect Abigail Spanberger (D) claimed victory in the Seventh Congressional District.  As of 1am, Spanberger led by just over a percentage point, above the margin by which Congressman Dave Brat (R) could ask for a recount.

Brat did not concede, nor did he speak to his election party.  Instead, Campaign Manager Phil Rapp told attendees they planned to continue on.  The race saw heavy turnout, with two Chesterfield polling places actually staying open until 9pm because the lines were so long.

Spanberger said during her election speech that she would be a representative, even for those who supported Brat.  Spanberger won large margins in Henrico and Chesterfield counties.  Brat dominated in more rural areas of the district.