Virginia Republicans might go one for three in House races; that’s not great


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FILE – Republican Virginia state Sen. Jen Kiggans miles as she speaks to supporters during an election party on June 21, 2022, in Virginia Beach, Va. Kiggans and her Democratic challenger, Rep. Elaine Luria are set to face off Wednesday, Oct. 12 in the first debate of their closely watched race to represent the coastal 2nd Congressional District. (AP Photo/Steve Helber, File) Steve Helber/AP

Virginia Republicans might go one for three in House races; that’s not great

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Republicans may make a pickup in Virginia Beach. Rep. Elaine Luria (D) may have lost her race — she currently trails by 4 points with more than 95% of the vote counted. She was a member of the colossal waste of time that we now know as the Jan. 6 committee, an attempt to take a one-day riot and turn it into a two-year issue for the next election. Everything about these hearings was stage-managed and scheduled for maximum electoral impact. Needless to say, it didn’t work, at least not for Luria.

This was a critical race for Republicans for control of the U.S. House. The race featured two Navy veterans, one of whom, Republican Jen Kiggans, is a helicopter pilot.

There were two other districts in Virginia that were competitive tonight — the 7th District and the 10th. But Democratic incumbents have won both as of this writing. Take that as a symbol for how tonight seems to be turning out in many places. Republicans are making gains but not doing as well as they had hoped or as well as they should have.


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