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Culpeper Times • November 8-14, 2018

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Spanberger upsets Brat in District 7 race By Jeff Say Culpeper Times Staff Writer Abigail Spanberger and Virginia Democrats pulled off a shocking win Tuesday evening. Spanberger defeated Republican incumbent Dave Brat in the Va. District 7 congressional race by a narrow margin. Spanberger’s victory secures the Democrats a seat in a notorious Republican hotbed in Virginia. “I’m honored to stand before you as Congresswoman-elect,” Spanberger said to a raucous crowd in Richmond Tuesday evening. “We focused on the needs of the people, the voters. We stood up for American values and we brought respect and decency back.” With one precinct remaining, Spanberger leads Brat 50.08% to

48.66%. Spanberger has 170,737 votes to Brat’s 165,899 as of 7:30 a.m. Wednesday. Libertarian Joseph Walsh made an impact in the race, siphoning away 4,135 votes from the two candidates. Brat a former economics professor at Randolph Macon, famously upset House Majority Whip Eric Cantor four years ago in the Republican primary. This time, he was on the end of the shocking defeat. Spanberger received the endorsement of former Republican Virginia Senator John Warner earlier in the week. The race has been contentious, with the only debate occurring in Culpeper - where Brat said voting for Spanberger is “a vote for the Nancy Pelosi’s liberal agenda.” Spanberger has campaigned

Abigail Spanberger hard for healthcare and uniting America. During her speech Tuesday, she stood beside a sign that read "Love, not hate, makes America great." The last time a Democrat served in District 7 was John Marsh Jr. from 1963-1971. The

district has voted Republican ever since, until now. Brat won Culpeper County with 11,286 votes to Spanberger’s 7,906. Brat had 57 percent of the vote in Culpeper County compared to Spanberger’s 40 percent. In pivotal Henrico County however, Spanberger shockingly won 58 percent of the votes (58,002) to Brat’s 40 percent (40,443). With the margin being so thin, a recount is highly likely. According to Title 24.2, Chapter 8 of the Code of Virginia, the state’s recount procedures and processes, a candidate can request a taxpayer-funded recount if the margin of victory separating him or her from the winning candidate does not exceed 0.5 percent. In order to initiate such a recount, the candidate must petition the circuit court.

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Culpeper Times - Nov. 8, 2018  

Veterans Day events scheduled | 'That's a wrap' | Spanberger shocks Brat | Community center shot down by voters

Culpeper Times - Nov. 8, 2018  

Veterans Day events scheduled | 'That's a wrap' | Spanberger shocks Brat | Community center shot down by voters