Rep. Abigail Spanberger, a moderate Democrat in Virginia’s 7th Congressional District, has never had easy races. She won in 2018 and 2020 with less than 51 percent of the vote. Her district is a true swing district, with voters who voted for Donald Trump by six points in 2016 and for Joe Biden by one point in 2020. The abortion issue looms particularly large in her district, since her Republican challenger, Yesli Vega, cheered the reversal of Roe v. Wade. While no bill is perfect, she says, “we’re moving forward. Success begets success” She added that Vega is “incredibly extreme” and wants “more government control.
Spanberger is betting voters are less ideological and more results-oriented than the partisan media and politicians. As a moderate Democrat running against a radical MAGA candidate, Spanberger argues that voters want legislators who appreciate “nuance,” can get things done and are not driven by partisanship.