Virginia Democrat Abigail Spanberger keeps US House seat

Abigail Spanberger
Posted at 4:07 PM, Nov 08, 2020
and last updated 2020-11-08 16:07:54-05

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Freshman Democratic U.S. Rep. Abigail Spanberger has kept her seat in a competitive Virginia congressional race.

The former CIA operations officer defeated Republican challenger and state House delegate Nick Freitas in a close race that was called on Sunday.

Freitas is a former U.S. Army Green Beret. The district supported President Donald Trump in 2016.

It extends from the suburbs west of Richmond to the exurbs of Washington to rural towns at the base of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Spanberger was part of a wave of women who helped Democrats retake the U.S. House in 2018. She came to Congress with deep intelligence experience.