If there’s a ‘suburban revolt’ and a projected so-called ‘blue wave’ coming to take over the House of Representatives in Tuesday’s 2018 mid-term election, experts say what happens in Virginia’s 7th district race may be a portent. With polls closing at 7 p.m., results from Virginia may be among the first races called officially. And if Democrat Abigail Spanberger is named winner, it may be an early indicator of the hue that’ll be seen in the House; blue.
Spanberger is running against Trump loyalist and Tea Party incumbent GOP Rep. Dave Brat. In October, Spanberger received death threats from Brat supporters on Facebook. A frequent Facebook commenter and Brat fan posted what appeared to be a threat in September on Brat’s social media page. The comment disappeared and then reappeared. Facebook user named Rodney Arrington wrote “Take out the terrorist trainer. She’s another deep stater,” it was reported.
David Wasserman of the Cook Political Report told NBC it’s one of the “first races he’ll be watching on Election Night.” Wasserman was quoted as saying the race is a “good early test of how far the ‘suburban revolt’ will take Democrats.”
Some polls show Spanberger and Brat neck and neck. Election watchers point out that the rural and suburban Richmond district, has been solidly Republican for decades, saw Trump win by more than 7 percentage points in 2016. But that was then. This is now where a blue and so-called ‘pink wave’ has been predicted but remains to be seen.
Here’s what you need to know about Spanberger:
1. Spanberger, 39, is a Native Virginian, Senate Page, UVA Graduate & Girl Scout Leader
Spanberger grew up in Short Pump, in Henrico County, part of the 7th district which includes the Richmond suburbs and stretches north to Culpeper and south to Nottoway.
Spanberger attended J.R. Tucker High School’s Spanish immersion program, served as a Senate Page for US Senator Chuck Robb (D-VA), and graduated from the University of Virginia. After college, she moved to Germany where she earned an MBA from a dual-degree German-American program between Germany’s GISMA Business School and Purdue University.
In a campaign ad, Spanberger’s three daughters talk about their mom and how she started her oldest daughter’s Girl Scout Troop. She said, she’s “not a superhero. I am a former CIA officer and a mom.”
2. Spanberger Was a Federal Law Enforcement Officer Who Worked on Drug & Money Laundering Cases & Became a CIA Operations Officer
Spanberger began her career of public service as a federal law enforcement officer working narcotics and money laundering cases with the US Postal Inspection Service.
According to her website, “following her love of country, public service, and languages, Abigail joined the CIA as an Operations Officer. She traveled and lived abroad collecting intelligence, managing assets, and overseeing high-profile programs in service to the United States.”
In 2014, she left government service to begin a career in the private sector. Spanberger and her family moved back to Virginia and she worked for EAB …read more