In Virginia alone, 3 U.S. House seats flipped to blue by women as Dems take control

From left to right, U.S. Representative-elects Jennifer Wexton, Elaine Luria and Abigail Spanberger.

As outlets project that Democrats will take control of the U.S. House of Representatives for the first time since 2010, three of the seats that flipped to blue were in Virginia. And all three were won by women.

Jennifer Wexton, a lawyer who has been a state senator since 2014, beat incumbent Rep. Barbara Comstock in the race to represent Virginia’s 10th District in the U.S. House of Representatives. The district is comprised of a large swath of northern Virginia that includes Manassas, Centreville, Leesburg, Ashburn and Winchester.

The race was a closely watched one because it was one of only 25 Republican-held U.S. House districts in the U.S. that Hillary Clinton won.

The other House seats in Virginia that went from red to blue were U.S. House Districts 2 and 7.

In District 2, which encompasses Accomack and Northampton counties, portions of York County, the cities of Virginia Beach and Williamsburg and parts of Norfolk and Hampton, Democrat Elaine Luria upset incumbent Republican Scott Taylor.

Luria had the military background that's vital for running in a region that is home to the world's biggest Navy base and one of the nation's largest veteran populations. Luria is a former Navy commander who spent 20 years in the service and once led a combat-ready unit of 400 sailors. Taylor's campaign was not helped by a ballot-fraud scandal that over the summer, in which a handful of staff members were accused of forging signatures to place independent candidate Shaun Brown, a former Democrat, on the ballot. The effort was widely seen as a strategy by Republicans to siphon votes away from Luria.

And in District 7, which spans across much of Central Virginia including all of Orange, Culpeper, Goochland, Louisa, Nottoway, Amelia, and Powhatan counties, former federal law enforcement agent and CIA operative Abigail Spanberger beat incumbent Republican Dave Brat.

Just four years ago, Tea Party-backed Brat beat House Majority Leader Eric Cantor in a huge Republican primary upset in that district, making a win by a Democrat especially surprising to some.

All 435 seats in the U.S. House of Representatives were up for election in 2018.

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