Reports emanating from northern Virginia suggest that Democratic Party leaders are again trying to recruit state Senator Jennifer Wexton (D-Leesburg) to challenge Rep. Barbara Comstock (R-McLean) next year. Ms. Wexton was elected to the state Senate in a special 2014 election, after then-Senator Mark Herring (D-Loudon County) won the statewide Attorney General’s contest.
The party leaders immediately encouraged her to challenge Comstock in 2016 but she refused the overture, saying she wanted to win a full term in the state Senate. She did so easily in 2015 (57-43%). On the other hand, Congresswoman Comstock scored a hard fought 53-47% victory in November even though President Trump lost the 10th District by a full ten percentage points.
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