Virginia 7th: Dave Brat Virtually Tied With Democrat Challenger
An incumbent Republican congressman is hanging on for dear life in Virginia’s 7th Congressional District.
According to a Christopher Newport University poll released Monday, Democrat Abigail Spanberger holds a one percentage-point lead, and is winning 96 percent of Democrats in the district.
According to Brat, he is comfortable with the polling.
“The Republicans are coming home, independents are breaking our way after the Kavanaugh story, and so in the end, I think Virginia people are going to do the right thing,” Brat said in a recent radio interview.
The Tea Party conservative and Freedom Caucus member won a stunning upset victory over then-House Majority Leader Eric Cantor in 2014, single-handedly halting the Gang of Eight amnesty bill from becoming law. The disastrous bill, pushed by RINO’s like Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), would have provided amnesty to millions of illegal aliens in exchange for the opaque promise of “increased border security.”
Spanberger wants to undo Brat’s immigration work completely, supporting the pathway to citizenship that Brat staunchly opposed.
“I am committed to finding real, bipartisan solutions to fix our immigration system, and I will work with anyone to create a proposal for immigration reform that ensures border security, takes into account the needs of our workforce, respects our values and history, gives certainty to DACA recipients, and creates an earned pathway to legal status for undocumented immigrants currently living here as long as they abide by the law, work hard, and pay taxes,” her campaign site says.
Spanberger has also committed to universal government-funded healthcare.
“I support Medicare X, which is a public option as a path towards universal coverage in the achievement of universal coverage. I believe that a public option is the way that we can achieve that goal through government-provided insurance that does, in fact, build off the existing Medicare network, because it exists in every single zip code across the country and that is the way we can achieve health care for everyone. And I do, in principle, support single-payer, but I believe universal coverage through a public option is the method I would pursue,” she said during a debate with Brat.
Virginia’s 7th Congressional District typically leans right.
“The 2018 Cook Partisan Voter Index for this district is R+6, meaning that in the previous two presidential elections, this district’s results were 6 percentage points more Republican than the national average,” according to Ballotpedia.