Dave Brat, Republican Representative for Virginia’s 7th District, has conceded his closely contested race to Democrat challenger Abigail Spanberger. While not yet certified, the final tally appears to put Brat just under 2 percent behind Spanberger. A recount can only be requested in Virginia if the spread is less than 1 percent.
In his concession speech, Brat slammed the media for not telling the truth about his record. He also spoke out against the “millions and millions of dollars of money from around this country that poured into Virginia to attack [his] record.”
In the current political climate, every race is viewed as a national race, and money often comes from all over the country, as was also seen in support of “Beto” O’Rourke’s challenge to Ted Cruz’s Senate seat in Texas. Unfortunately, unlike in the Texas race, it worked in Virginia to unseat a Republican incumbent who in 2014 had ridden a tide that swept then House Majority Leader Eric Cantor out in a primary. Since then, the district has changed significantly, possibly due to a court-ordered re-districting in 2016, and has now gone to a Democrat for the first time since the early 1970s.