On Monday, there were doughnuts at the Northern Virginia campaign offices of Democratic congressional candidate Jennifer Wexton, with former President Obama paying a surprise visit, bearing glazed treats that, he joked, were approved by his nutrition-conscious wife, Michelle.
Tonight, there might be cake. Wexton has defeated Barbara Comstock, the Republican incumbent, in Virginia’s 10th Congressional District. And though the race was closely watched, it was not especially close, with Wexton projected to win by as many as 14 points. (Incumbent Virginia Sen. Tim Kaine also prevailed, over far-right Republican challenger Corey Stewart, in a victory that was widely expected.)
Wexton’s district became the first wrested by Democrats from Republican control this cycle and, as such, could represent an early sign of a potential “blue wave.” If they are able to flip two dozen seats, Democrats will gain control of the House of Representatives.
Virginia’s 10th Congressional District is wealthy and suburban. It has been in Republican control since 1980. However, the northern suburbs of Virginia have become increasingly diverse and left-leaning, along with much of the rest of the state. In 2016, Hillary Clinton won Fairfax, Prince William and Loudoun counties, all of which are partly in the 10th District.
Wexton’s win could indicate a broader exasperation with President Trump and his brand of politics, at least outside the Republican base. In one campaign advertisement, Comstock tried to tie Wexton to MS-13, the criminal gang that is a favorite Trump target. The ad was widely criticized.
Wexton’s campaign, meanwhile, happily tied the Republican incumbent to the historically unpopular Republican president, coming up with a new name for her: “Trumpstock.” Apparently, the nickname stuck.
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