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Judges Select New Virginia Congressional Map

Virginia's new map would make Forbes' district more Democratic. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

A federal three-judge panel selected a new congressional map for the 2016 elections Thursday.  

The map is one of two proposed maps that a court-appointed special master — in this case a political science professor at University of California, Irvine — released in November 2015 that would give Democrats a shot at picking up another seat. Currently, Democrats hold three of the state's 11 congressional seats. The new map would increase the black voting age population in the 4th District, currently held by GOP Rep. J. Randy Forbes. Several Democrats have already expressed interest in running for his seat.  

Before He Runs for Governor in 2017, Wittman Faces Uncertain District in 2016

Wittman is running for governor in 2017. (Bill Clark/Roll Call File Photo)

Virginia's 1st District Rep. Rob Wittman announced over the weekend that he's running for the GOP nomination for governor in 2017.  

“Obviously our focus is on winning in 2016, but I am preparing for 2017,” Wittman told The Washington Post on Dec. 12.  

Ahead of Redraw, Virginia Republicans Jockey for Safe Seats

Brat is one of three Republicans whose district is most likely to change. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Virginia Democrats say their congressional map can’t get any worse.  

In a state President Barack Obama carried twice, their party holds just three seats in the 11-member delegation. With a new round of redistricting coming up next month, the question now is which districts get rougher for Republicans. A federal district court has given Virginia until Sept. 1 to redraw the lines of Democratic Rep. Robert C. Scott’s 3rd District, which it has twice ruled is unconstitutionally packed with blacks . The district runs along the James River between Richmond and Hampton Roads and is currently 57 percent black, according to 2013 census data.  

Brat Could See Barrage of GOP Opponents in 2016

David Brat, the Republican college professor who ousted House Majority Leader Eric Cantor in a historic upset  Tuesday, shouldn't get too comfortable.  

While Brat is the heavy favorite to win in Virginia's solidly Republican 7th District in November, he would start his congressional career with a bull's-eye on his back from fellow Richmond-area Republicans.  

Eric Cantor's Polling Firm Takes Heat (Updated)

Eric Cantor's polling firm is taking heat for showing him ahead by a massive margin two weeks before he lost the primary. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Updated 5:25 p.m. | After House Majority Leader Eric Cantor’s stunning primary loss in Virginia Tuesday night, national GOP operatives are barreling through the five stages of grief: Denial, anger, and now bargaining — looking for answers on his out-of-the-blue political death.  

Their fingers are, in part, pointed directly at McLaughlin & Associates, the Republican polling firm behind the wildly incorrect survey on Cantor's race. In his poll conducted at the end of May, Cantor had a 34-point lead  over college professor David Brat.  

Democrats Mull Competing for Cantor Seat — if He Runs as a Write-In

National Democrats are considering competing for House Majority Leader Eric Cantor's House seat in the unlikely case the Virginia Republican runs as a write-in candidate in November.  

On Tuesday evening, Cantor lost his primary  to college professor David Brat in one of the most shocking defeats in modern political history.  

Dave Brat: 11 Things to Know

Dave Brat defeated Eric Cantor, above, in Tuesday's primary. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Dave Brat, a Randolph-Macon College professor, clobbered House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, R-Va., in Tuesday night' s primary.  

Here are a few fun facts about the largely unknown Republican who took out the majority leader:  

Republican Senate Primary Challengers Jump on Eric Cantor Loss

The primary challengers to two Senate Republicans quickly jumped on House Majority Leader Eric Cantor's primary loss in Virginia, using the stunning news in an effort to excite their base.  

"Eric Cantor isn't the only incumbent from Virginia who is going to lose his primary this year," said Milton Wolf, a physician who has raised residency questions in his challenge to Kansas Sen. Pat Roberts. "On August 5, it’s Pat Roberts' turn."  

Virginia Primary Results: Don Beyer Wins Democratic Nod

In Virginia's primary, Beyer ran for the Democratic nod. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Former Virginia Lt. Gov. Don Beyer handily defeated a crowded Democratic primary field Tuesday night in a win that will almost certainly send him to Congress next year in this Arlington-based district.  

In a crowded field, Beyer defeated his next closest primary opponent, state Del. Patrick Hope, 45 percent to 20 percent, with 67 percent of precincts reporting, according to The Associated Press.  

Eric Cantor Loses Primary in Massive Upset (Video)

Eric Cantor is a Republican from Virginia. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

House Majority Leader Eric Cantor became the first person in American history to lose his primary while holding that position. He lost Tuesday night to a poorly-funded GOP opponent in the biggest electoral stunner in several cycles.  

College professor David Brat defeated Cantor, 56 percent to 44 percent, with 80 percent of precincts reporting, according to The Associated Press.