Abigail Spanberger wins Primary, will challenge Congressman Dave Brat

(WWBT) - Democratic candidate Abigail Spanberger has won the Primary for the 7th District race. She will now challenge Republican incumbent Congressman Dave Brat in the election in November.

A year ago, five women and two men entered the Democratic primary for the district, but the list was whittled down. Spanberger handily beat Daniel Ward for the nomination.

Spanberger says she won by being accessible to voters and focusing on issues she believes matter most to them, such as healthcare.

Said Spanberger, "The top issue people are concerned about is healthcare.  The affordability of healthcare and access to healthcare facilities.  As we continue to see the rising costs and prices of healthcare co-pays and prescription drugs, it impacts everyone."

In response to Spanberger's victory, the Brat campaign released the following statement:

Abigail Spanberger is a radical progressive who supports rolling back the tax cuts, a failed Obamacare policy, and open borders and unrestricted illegal immigration. There could not be a stronger contrast between her and Congressman Brat, a hard-working, independent, common sense representative for the people of the 7th District who has kept his promises.

Democrats are on a long winning streak in Virginia. Hillary Clinton won the state in 2016 and voters unhappy with President Donald Trump gave Democrats easy wins in the gubernatorial and statehouse races.

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