House Republican women are hosting a fundraiser next month for Virginia state Del. Barbara Comstock, according to an invitation obtained by CQ Roll Call.
Comstock, who is running to replace retiring Republican Rep. Frank R. Wolf in Virginia's 10th District, is a former Wolf staffer and consultant to GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney's campaign. She is a front-runner for the Republican nomination in this competitive district, located in the northern Virginia suburbs. Romney won here in 2012 by a 1-point margin.
This the latest push by the women of the House GOP Conference, who are making it a priority this cycle to help elect Republican women.
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Last year, Reps. Ann Wagner of Missouri, Susan W. Brooks of Indiana, Diane Black of Tennessee, Virginia Foxx of North Carolina and Lynn Jenkins of Kansas helped fundraise for state Rep. Kathleen Peters in the special election primary in Florida's 13th District. Peters lost to Republican lobbyist David Jolly earlier this month.
The Feb. 12 event includes almost all of the 19 Republican women in the House. Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann, who is retiring at the end of this Congress, is the only member not listed on the event invite.
Comstock already got a boost in her bid when state Sen. Dick Black, a conservative firebrand, announced he would not seek the seat , clearing a potentially significant hurdle for Comstock to earn the party's nomination.
The Republican Party of Virginia will host a party canvass — also known as a "firehouse primary" — on April 26 to determine the nominee.
A number of Democrats are also seeking the open seat. Fairfax County Supervisor John Foust and attorney Richard Bolger are seen as the two most viable candidates in the field.
Democrats will vote in a primary on June 10.
Virginia's 10th District is rated a Lean Republican contest by Rothenberg Political Report/Roll Call.