The Democrats achieved a remarkable triumph as former CIA Officer Abigail Spanberger emerged victorious in the congressional race for Virginia’s District 7. Her victory was historic as it marked the first time in 36 years that a candidate with a “D” next to their name won in that district. However, it is now being reported that she is stepping down from Congress, potentially creating an opportunity for the GOP.
Spanberger has informed fellow party members of her intention to run for governor in 2025. The report indicates that she has been strategically preparing for this gubernatorial campaign for several years and has been discreetly sharing her plans with four party members, along with one of her political aides.
According to two Democratic lawmakers, Spanberger has been in talks about running for the office. As a moderate Democrat and former CIA official, she has been representing the district for a period of three years. The seat is considered crucial for the Left to win in the upcoming election, as it could play a significant role in regaining the majority. Losing such a reliable incumbent is undoubtedly a setback for the party, and the fact that she possesses excellent fundraising abilities adds to their concerns.
While the congresswoman has the option to run for a fourth term in Congress and then pursue the governorship, it appears that this is not her intended course of action. According to the report, she has informed two Virginia lawmakers that she does not plan to seek reelection for her current congressional position.
With Spanberger leaving her congressional seat, Republicans will now have an opportunity to reclaim it. The GOP currently holds a narrow majority in the House with 222 seats, and in the next election, they will need to secure at least 218 seats to maintain control of the lower chamber. If they manage to retain their existing seats and win back Spanberger’s district, it would provide Speaker Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) with some breathing room when attempting to pass budget-related bills or other legislation. This advantage becomes even more significant if the GOP succeeds in winning the White House.