Who is Abigail Spanberger? Incumbent Democrat in the Virginia primary
Abigail Spanberger has been a Democratic congresswoman from Virginia’s 7th congressional district since 2019.
She is running unopposed in her party for a third term, and there will be no Democratic primary. Six Republican candidates are vying to run against her in the general election this fall. Virginia’s primary election is June 21.
Spanberger defeated incumbent Republican Dan Brat in 2018, ending the Republican Party’s 36-year stranglehold on the district. She won her second term in 2020 over Republican Nick Frietas by 1.8 percentage points.
The general election is expected to be even more competitive in the newly redesigned district, which previously held suburbs west of Richmond but now lies northeast of Charlottesville, encompassing much of Prince William County and all of Stafford, Fredericksburg, Spotsylvania, King George, Carolina, Orange, Culpeper, Madison and Greene Counties.
Projections show President Joe Biden would have won the district by seven points in 2020, while Republican Gov. Glenn Youngkin would have carried the district by six points in the 2021 gubernatorial race, according to roll call analysis.
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Who is Abigail Spanberger?
From 2006 to 2014, Spanberger worked at the CIA as an operations officer, gathering intelligence on nuclear proliferation and terrorism. After working in the private sector for a few years, she was appointed to the Virginia Fair Housing Board by former Governor Terry McAuliffe.
She announced her candidacy in July 2017, against incumbent Republican and Tea Party member Dave Brat. She beat Brat by just over 6,600 votes, becoming the first Democrat to represent the district since 1970.
Spanberger was narrowly reelected in 2020 against Nick Frietas, a Republican member of the House of Delegates
Days after winning the election, Spanberger openly criticized the Democratic Party’s 2020 election strategy in a leaked call with other members of the Democratic caucus. She said Democrats should “never use the word ‘socialist’ or ‘socialism’ again” because she has seen Republicans target ads about ‘socialism’ and ‘police defunding’ as the reason why Democrats were losing neighborhoods like his.
In Congress, Spanberger serves on the Agriculture and Foreign Affairs Committees.
Where does Abigail Spanberger live?
Not in his neighborhood.
Spanberger lives in Henrico with her husband and three children, the Richmond Times Dispatch reporteda northwest suburb of Richmond located over an hour’s drive south of the new neighborhood.
It is not an obligation for the representatives to live in their constituency; Spanberger was removed from her district in December when redistricting moved the boundaries north of Charlottesville. However, Republican primary candidates have previously criticized Spanberger for representing a district in which she does not reside.
Who is Abigail Spanberger running against?
Spanberger does not have a Democratic primary, but she will face one of six Republican candidates vying to replace her. They include: Derrick Anderson, Bryce Reeves, Yesli Vega, Crystal Vanuch, David Ross and Gina Ciarcia.
What is Abigail Spanberger’s platform?
Spanberger is a centrist Democrat and has voted with former President Donald Trump 6.9% of the time. She is a member of the Blue Dog Coalition, a group of House members who identify as centrist or conservative.
One of his top priorities is health care and reducing prescription drug costs. She sponsored the Drug Discount Public Disclosure Act — which the House passed unanimously — which aims to lower drug prices by publicizing discounts and rebates.
Spanberger voted against the HEROES Act in May 2020, a proposed $3 trillion coronavirus relief package, saying it went “far beyond” pandemic relief.
Who supported Abigail Spanberger?
As the incumbent and sole Democrat, Spanberger received numerous endorsements, including Emily’s List, LGBT Democrats of Virginia, and Planned Parenthood.