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Democrat Jennifer Wexton Unseats GOP Rep Barbara Comstock In Virginia

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Tim Pearce Energy Reporter

GOP Rep. Barabara Comstock of Virginia lost her re-election bid Tuesday night to Democratic challenger Jennifer Wexton riding on a wave of anti-Trump sentiment in Northern Virginia, according to multiple news outlets.

Comstock’s defeat grants Democrats one of 23 seats the party aims to pick up in the 2018 midterms to take control of the House.

Virginia’s 10th Congressional District has picked almost exclusively Republicans to represent them for the last six decades. Wexton’s victory could be a bellwether of national sentiment turning against the GOP, CNBC reports.

Comstock likely suffered from President Donald Trump’s unpopularity in the district. Residents disapprove of the president 10 points more than they approve, according to a Monmouth University poll conducted at the end of September.

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