Yesterday morning, former Green Beret and past 2018 U.S. Senate candidate Nick Freitas announced he’s running for Virginia’s 7th Congressional District.
VA-07 is currently held by Allison Spanburger, who ran as a moderate Democrat but recently came out in support of impeachment. The seat was previously held by Dave Brat and was historically in Republican hands before it flipped blue in 2018.
See his announcement below:
Delegate Freitas recently won re-election to his House of Delegates seat in a historic write-in campaign, winning 56 percent of the vote. He will be competing against at least five other candidates before the eventual Republican nominee is selected at convention next year.
There is some good news, however, for Republicans here.
VA-07 is rated a R+6 seat by Cook Political Report. Moreover, the DCCC listed Spanberger’s race as one of 44 “vulnerable” seats going into 2020.
President Trump won the 7th in 2016 51.14% -43.30%, while Ed Gillespie won VA-07 51.28%-47.53% over now-Governor Ralph Northam. Senator Tim Kaine (D-VA) won the district in 2018 51.87%-46.22% over Corey Stewart.
Republicans can and should seize on this opportunity to recapture the 7th Congressional District here in Virginia. We shall see how the convention process works out…