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New Member: Democrat McEachin Picks Up Virginia's 4th District Seat
Democrats had the advantage in redrawn district

(Photo courtesy Donald McEachin)

Another Democrat will pick up a House seat, this time in Virginia’s open 4th District, The Associated Press projects.

Virginia state Sen. Donald McEachin led Republican Mike Wade by 54 percent to 46 percent with 85 percent of precincts reporting. McEachin is set to become the state’s second black congressman after Rep. Robert C. “Bobby” Scott.

Virginia Likely Gains Second Black Congressman
Donald McEachin wins nomination in new Safe Democratic seat

Virginia state Sen. Donald McEachin, seen here with Hillary Clinton, easily won his 4th District Democratic primary Tuesday. (Courtesy A. Donald McEachin Facebook page)

State Sen. Donald McEachin easily won the Democratic nomination in Virginia's 4th District Tuesday night.   

He carried 74 percent of the vote with 72 percent of precincts reporting.   

Democrats Likely to Bank Trio of GOP House Seats
Virginia’s 4th District, Florida’s 10th and 13th districts look favorable

Former Florida Gov. Charlie Crist is poised to head to Congress as a Democrat. (Joe Raedle/Getty Images file photo)

Former St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Baker has declined to run in Florida’s 13th District, closing the book on a Republican scenario to hold the seat. Baker's decision makes it all but certain that a third GOP-held district will go to Democrats this cycle.  

The court-mandated redrawing of Florida’s congressional map changed the 13th District from a competitive district to a Democratic-leaning seat that President Barack Obama won with 55 percent of the vote in 2012.  

Democrats’ Missed Opportunity in Virginia
Competitive 2nd District moves to Safe GOP after Democrats fail to get a candidate

Rep. Scott Rigell, R-Va., is retiring from the House. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Democrats are desperately searching for opportunities to expand the House playing field in order to take advantage of a potential wave caused by Donald Trump or Ted Cruz at the top of the ballot. But their recruitment efforts fell short in a potentially competitive district in Virginia.  

Also see: Rothenberg & Gonzales Political Report/Roll Call Race Ratings map For the last few cycles, Democrats targeted GOP Rep. Scott Rigell in the 2nd District, which includes Virginia Beach and part of Newport News, but the congressman proved to be a formidable incumbent since his initial election in 2010.  

Democrats Land Colorado Recruit to Expand House Playing Field
DCCC adds six candidates to 'Emerging Races' program

Tipton will face a challenge from state Sen. Gail Schwartz. ( Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Working to expand the number of competitive congressional districts this fall, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee has landed Colorado state Sen. Gail Schwartz to take on Rep. Scott Tipton in the 3rd District.  

Schwartz, who is announcing her candidacy Friday, will challenge Tipton in a district Republicans carried by narrow single-digit margins in the 2008 and 2012 presidential races.