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Spanberger, Virginia Democratic Women Could Make a Lot of History
Former CIA agent seeks to upset GOP Rep. Dave Brat to become first woman to represent Virginia's 7th District

Virginia Democratic candidates for Congress, from left, Abigail Spanberger, Jennifer Wexton, and Vangie Williams, prepare to speak during the Women’s Summit in Herndon, Va., on June 23, 2018. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

RICHMOND, Va. — If Democrat Abigail Spanberger beats incumbent Republican Rep. Dave Brat here Tuesday, she’ll become the first woman to represent Virginia’s 7th District, but she might not be the only one making history on Election Day.

The former CIA agent has already defied expectations by turning this reliably GOP district into a Toss-up race, as rated by Inside Elections with Nathan L. Gonzales

Virginia’s 5th District A Sign of Democrats’ Expanding House Battlefield
If Leslie Cockburn wins this open GOP seat, it will likely be a good night for Democrats

Leslie Cockburn, the Democrat running for Virginia's 5th Congressional district, speaks with supporters at her local campaign office in Huntly, Va., on Thursday, Nov. 1, 2018. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

MADISON, Va. — If Democrat Leslie Cockburn wins the open seat in Virginia’s 5th District Tuesday, the wave election Democrats have hoped for will be in full effect.

The district is part of an expanding Democratic battlefield this cycle, as the party eyes long-held Republican seats that are a stretch to win but ones they feel are gettable with the right candidate and the right investment.

Are Republicans Worried About Holding Virginia’s 5th District?
Scalise campaigns for Republican Denver Riggleman in home stretch but says they’re not concerned

Republican candidate for Virginia’s 5th District, Denver Riggleman, right, introduces House Majority Whip Steve Scalise, left, at a Thursday campaign event for him and Ben Cline, Republican candidate for the 6th District, in Lynchburg, Virginia. (Photo by Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

LYNCHBURG, Va. — Five days before Election Day, a campaign visit from the House’s No. 3 Republican and rising star Steve Scalise might suggest a candidate’s in trouble.

But Scalise and others said that’s not the reason he decided to stump here for Republican Denver Riggleman, who’s running for the open seat in Virginia’s 5th District.

After All That, Virginia’s Tom Garrett Seeking Re-Election
Freshman Republican addressed 2018 plans at end of rambling press conference

Virginia Rep. Tom Garrett speaks to the press Thursday about his accomplishments as a lawmaker before announcing that he will be running for re-election. (Sarah Silbiger/CQ Roll Call)

Virginia Rep. Tom Garrett laid to rest rumors he wasn’t seeking re-election in a bizarre press conference Thursday afternoon. 

“There’s no way in heck I’m not going to be here in 2019,” the Republican lawmaker told a handful of print and TV reporters (and his Facebook followers on a livestream) from a Capitol Hill row house.

Virginia’s Tom Garrett Says He’s Not Resigning
Freshman Republican plans to address reports about possible retirement

Virginia Rep. Tom Garrett says he has no plans to resign. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Asked about Wednesday reports that he would not be running for re-election, Virginia Rep. Tom Garrett would only say he has no plans to leave Congress before the end of the session.

“I’m not resigning. I can tell you that definitively,” Garrett told Roll Call.

Meet the Challengers Who Outraised House Incumbents
Some Democrats raised two to three times more than GOP lawmakers in third quarter

Democrat Anthony Brindisi raised more money during the third quarter than GOP freshman Rep. Claudia Tenney in New York’s 22nd District. (Tom Williams/Roll Call)

Nearly one year out from the 2018 midterms, challengers outraised nearly 30 percent of the incumbents in competitive races during the third quarter.

Sixteen Republican incumbents in competitive races raised less than their Democratic challengers during the third quarter. One Democratic incumbent was outraised by a GOP challenger.

New Democrats’ PAC Adds 12 Challengers to Candidate Watch List
Moderate Democratic group is stepping into races earlier this cycle

Harley Rouda is one of two Democratic challengers to GOP Rep. Dana Rohrabacher that the NewDemPAC is adding to its candidate watch list. (Thomas McKinless/CQ Roll Call File Photo).

The political arm of the moderate New Democrat Coalition is adding 12 House challengers to its list of candidates to watch in 2018. 

NewDemPAC’s recognition comes with a $1,000 contribution this quarter and guidance about messaging and strategy. The watch list is a way for the group to get involved in races earlier than it previously has. Last cycle, the PAC contributed about $1 million to federal candidates and it expects to give out at least that much this cycle. 

314 Action Hopes to be the ‘EMILY’s List for Scientists’
Endorsements come with PAC check and potential IE investments

314 Action is rolling out four more endorsements of Democratic challengers Monday. The organization has already backed Nevada Rep. Jacky Rosen’s Senate bid.  (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

An organization dedicated to electing scientists and STEM professionals is endorsing four more Democratic House challengers Monday.

Monday’s congressional endorsements — part of a broader rollout of state and local candidates – comes in traditionally GOP seats, two of which may look more competitive for Democrats in 2018, while two others still look more challenging to flip.

Democrats Seize on Tom Garrett’s Meeting with Kessler
Liberals hope Garrett’s meeting could put Virginia’s 5th District in play

Virginia Rep. Tom Garrett, R-Va., met with Jason Kessler, the organizer of Saturday’s white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Va., back in March. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Virginia Rep. Tom Garrett says he didn’t know who Jason Kessler was when the white nationalist leader met with him in his Capitol Hill office in March. 

Democrats aren’t buying it.

Democrats Expanding Battlefield Into Trump Country
DCCC adds 20 more GOP seats to its target list

The DCCC is targeting California Rep. Devin Nunes in 2018. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee on Monday added 20 seats to its target list for 2018. The House Democrats’ campaign arm is now going after 79 Republican-held seats in the midterms.

President Donald Trump won these newly targeted seats by anywhere from 6 to 49 points. The first round of 59 targets, announced in January, included the 23 GOP-held seats that Hillary Clinton carried last fall. But it also included plenty of red districts, including at least eight districts that Trump carried by 15 points or more.