Wexton unseats Comstock in Virginia’s 10th District

WASHINGTON — Democratic state Sen. Jennifer Wexton has unseated Republican U.S. Rep. Barbara Comstock, The Associated Press has projected, sending a Democrat to represent Virginia’s 10th Congressional District for the first time since 1981.

The race was one of the most closely watched in the country.

Democrat Jennifer Wexton defeated incumbent Republican Congresswoman Barbara Comstock

“I’ve been saying since the beginning of this campaign that change is coming to America, and change is coming to [Virginia’s 10th

District]. And that change came tonight,” Wexton said at her victory party.

She added, “We sent a message that we want a better nation, that we demand a better nation — a nation where we treat each other with dignity and respect.”

She cited her victory as a win for those who want affordable health care, immigration reform and a country where “it’s no longer easier to buy a gun than it is to vote.”

Speaking of the nation’s current divided political climate, Wexton said, “We know we cannot continue like this.” She said the next job was to “come together and work together — not to win votes, but to win back the inclusion, the compassion, civility and dignity that make America the country that we all know and love.”

“We have lost this fight, but we have won so many together,” Comstock told supporters, but, speaking of the Republican agenda in general, she said “these great victories will continue.”

She added, “Success is never final; failure is never fatal.”

WTOP's Kyle Cooper on Congresswoman Barbara Comstock's loss

In an interview with WTOP’s Max Smith last month, Wexton said of herself, “I’m a longtime resident of the district. I’m a mom, a former prosecutor and a bipartisan state senator who is determined to go to Washington and get things done for my constituents.”

Jennifer Wexton
Democrat Jennifer Wexton speaks at her election night party after defeating Rep. Barbara Comstock, R-Va., Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2018, in Dulles, Va. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon) (AP/Alex Brandon)
Democrat Jennifer Wexton, left, smiles as former Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe gives her a kiss at her election night party after defeating Rep. Barbara Comstock, R-Va., Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2018, in Dulles, Va. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
Democrat Jennifer Wexton, left, smiles as former Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe gives her a kiss at her election night party after defeating Rep. Barbara Comstock, R-Va., Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2018, in Dulles, Va. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon) (AP/Alex Brandon)
Supporters cheer as they watch returns at an election night party for Democrat Jennifer Wexton, Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2018, in Dulles, Va. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
Supporters cheer as they watch returns at an election night party for Democrat Jennifer Wexton, Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2018, in Dulles, Va. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon) (AP/Alex Brandon)
U.S. Rep. Barbara Comstock concedes her race against state Sen. Jennifer Wexton. (WTOP/Kyle Cooper)
U.S. Rep. Barbara Comstock concedes her race against state Sen. Jennifer Wexton. (WTOP/Kyle Cooper) (WTOP/Kyle Cooper)
Supporters cheer as they watch returns at an election night party for Democrat congressional candidate Jennifer Wexton on Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2018, in Dulles, Va. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
Supporters cheer as they watch returns at an election night party for Democrat congressional candidate Jennifer Wexton on Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2018, in Dulles, Va. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon) (AP/Alex Brandon)
Supporters cheer as they watch returns at an election night party for Democrat congressional candidate Jennifer Wexton, Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2018, in Dulles, Va. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
Supporters cheer as they watch returns at an election night party for Democrat congressional candidate Jennifer Wexton, Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2018, in Dulles, Va. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon) (AP/Alex Brandon)
Virginia Democratic congressional candidate Jennifer Wexton, a former prosecutor and current Democratic state senator, greets voters at the Clarke County School Offices, Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2018 in Berryville, Va. Wexton is running against two-term Rep. Barbara Comstock, R-Va. (AP Photo/Douglas Graham)
Virginia Democratic congressional candidate Jennifer Wexton, a former prosecutor and current Democratic state senator, greets voters at the Clarke County School Offices, Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2018 in Berryville, Va. Wexton is running against two-term Rep. Barbara Comstock, R-Va. (AP Photo/Douglas Graham) (AP/Douglas Graham)
State Sen. Jennifer Wexton greets voters at Emerick Elementary School, Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2018, in in Purcellville, Va. Rep. Barbara Comstock is considered one of the most vulnerable incumbents in Congress. Comstock is facing Wexton, a former prosecutor. (Katherine Frey/The Washington Post via AP)
State Sen. Jennifer Wexton greets voters at Emerick Elementary School, Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2018, in Purcellville, Va. (Katherine Frey/The Washington Post via AP) (AP/Katherine Frey)
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Jennifer Wexton
Democrat Jennifer Wexton, left, smiles as former Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe gives her a kiss at her election night party after defeating Rep. Barbara Comstock, R-Va., Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2018, in Dulles, Va. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
Supporters cheer as they watch returns at an election night party for Democrat Jennifer Wexton, Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2018, in Dulles, Va. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
U.S. Rep. Barbara Comstock concedes her race against state Sen. Jennifer Wexton. (WTOP/Kyle Cooper)
Supporters cheer as they watch returns at an election night party for Democrat congressional candidate Jennifer Wexton on Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2018, in Dulles, Va. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
Supporters cheer as they watch returns at an election night party for Democrat congressional candidate Jennifer Wexton, Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2018, in Dulles, Va. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
Virginia Democratic congressional candidate Jennifer Wexton, a former prosecutor and current Democratic state senator, greets voters at the Clarke County School Offices, Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2018 in Berryville, Va. Wexton is running against two-term Rep. Barbara Comstock, R-Va. (AP Photo/Douglas Graham)
State Sen. Jennifer Wexton greets voters at Emerick Elementary School, Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2018, in in Purcellville, Va. Rep. Barbara Comstock is considered one of the most vulnerable incumbents in Congress. Comstock is facing Wexton, a former prosecutor. (Katherine Frey/The Washington Post via AP)

Comstock cited her record in a separate interview, calling herself “a bipartisan leader on the priorities of the region.” Wexton, on the other hand, said Comstock voted with President Donald Trump 98 percent of the time.

Comstock promised “tax cuts 2.0” if reelected and supported repealing the Affordable Care Act.

 

WTOP’s Max Smith and Kyle Cooper and ABC News contributed to this report.

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