Politics, States

CIA Agent Turned-Democrat Loses Seat in Virginia

Democrat incumbent Abigail Spanberger, who worked in the CIA before Congress, is poised to lose her 7th District seat on Capitol Hill under new maps released by Virginia’s redistricting committee. Once finalized, the maps are expected to leave at least one Congressional Democrat out in the cold as heavily gerrymandered districts are more evenly redrawn.

The new district lines come from a proposed map drawn by two Special Masters appointed by the Virginia Supreme Court as part of a new redistricting process that eliminates partisan gerrymandering by the General Assembly. The new map, or something very similar, is expected to be approved and in effect for the 2022 midterm elections with a projected five districts leaning Democrat, five districts leaning Republican, and one district appearing to be a true toss-up.

Spanberger’s current 7th District is effectively dissolved under the new maps, leaving her home in Glen Allen within the boundaries of an expanded 1st District, safely represented by Republican Rob Wittman. Read more…

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