Republicans aim to undercut Abigail Spanberger’s centrist reputation in Virginia House race

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Republicans in Virginia’s 7th Congressional District intend to show that Rep. Abigail Spanberger is not the centrist her campaign ads portray her to be.

Spanberger, a first-term Democrat who considers herself a centrist within her party, represents a district then-candidate Donald Trump won in 2016 by 6 points. She won the seat in 2018 by 2 points against two-term Republican incumbent Rep. David Brat.

The former CIA officer will now face Republican Nick Freitas, a two-tour Army veteran and member of the Green Berets who presently represents the 30th District in Virginia’s House of Delegates, who will cast her as a liberal.

“She obviously styled herself as a reach-across-the-aisle kind of moderate Democrat, and that’s not what we’ve seen in the voting record. She’s voted with Democrat leadership over 90% of the time. When it comes to obstructing the president, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has voted in line with the president more than Abigail has,” Freitas told the Washington Examiner.