Three days after her decisive primary victory, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee has added State Sen. Jennifer T. Wexton (D-33)’s campaign for Congress to its Red to Blue program.
The announcement marks her campaign as one of the DCCC’s top priorities for gaingin seats in the House of Representatives. The committee said Wexton earned a spot on the list “by surpassing aggressive goals for grassroots engagement, local support, campaign organization and fundraising,” along with “deep roots in the community.”
“Jennifer is a proven leader who has shown that she can get results for her constituents when it matters, as evidenced by the work she has done to expand health care to working families in her district and across Virginia,” Luján said in a statement announcing the decision. “Jennifer is battle-tested and has a powerful network of grassroots at her back, and she is poised to flip this district in November.”
While not an endorsement, the Red to Blue program provides candidates with organizational and fundraising support. Additionally, the DCCC provides strategic guidance, staff resources and candidate trainings. The DCCC has said it will make more targeted and frequent additions to the Red to Blue program than in previous election cycles.
Wexton garnered 42 percent of the votes in Tuesday’s primary, nearly a 2-to-1 lead over her nearest contender. She will challenge Congresswoman Barbara Comstock (R-VA-10) for a seat representing the 10th Congressional District in November’s election.
Comstock’s seat has been a GOP stronghold for nearly 40 years, but Republicans’ winning margins are narrowing. For 34 years, the seat was held by Frank Wolf. When retiring, he backed Comstock, who previously worked a senior aide for Wolf, as his successor. In 2016, 10th District voters cast a split ballot: they backed Democrat Hillary Clinton over Donald Trump by 10 percentage points, and supported Comstock for a second two-year term with a 6 percentage point margin. A Democratic wave in the 2017 state elections left only one Loudoun Republican state delegate standing.
Wexton has represented the 33rd District since 2014, when the seat was vacated by now-Attorney General Mark Herring. She is the past president of the Loudoun Bar Association and also served as an assistant commonwealth’s attorney from 2001 to 2005. She now works as a real estate attorney at Ekko Title.
The day before the DCCC’s announcement, the Service Employees International Union Local 32B, SEIU Virginia 512, Indivisible VA10, the United Food and Commercial Workers Local 400 and several other organizations announced voter registration and voter contact programs to campaign against Comstock, citing her unwillingness to bring a vote to the floor of Congress on the Development, Relief and Education for Alien Minors or DREAM Act, which would provide legal status to people brought to the U.S. illegally as children.