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 July 29, 2023

Abigail Spanberger, vulnerable House Democrat, has decided not to run for reelection

According to Politico, vulnerable House Democrat Abigail Spanberger (VA) will not run for reelection in 2024, instead preferring to run for governor.

Despite being chosen for House Democratic leadership, the Virginia representative has told key aides and colleagues that she intends to run for governor in the following election season, as Breitbart News reported.

Although state law enables Spanberger to compete for both congressional and statewide office at the same time, sources informed Politico that she does not intend to run for a fourth term in Congress.

Spanberger aspires to succeed Virginia Gov. Glenn Youngkin (R), who is ineligible to seek for re-election since state law prohibits governors from serving consecutive terms.

Per Politico, four persons involved with the meetings, Spanberger and one of her senior political advisers told four Democrats that she is preparing to run for the governor's mansion, which Republican Gov. Glenn Youngkin would leave in 2025.

According to two Democratic lawmakers, her staff has reportedly began to discuss possibilities for a statewide run with her colleagues on Capitol Hill. All were allowed anonymity in order to speak openly about initiatives that have not yet been made public.

Spanberger is unlikely to make a statement until after Virginia's extremely competitive state legislature elections in November. Her objectives, though, and the potential timing, threaten to inject uncertainty to the campaign for the House in 2024.

Spanberger can run for reelection to the House and then start a statewide campaign. According to two people familiar with the conversations, the congresswoman and an assistant told two Virginia Democrats last spring that she did not want to run for re-election to a fourth term in Congress.

Sam Signori, who managed Spanberger's congressional reelection campaign in 2022, is anticipated to run her governor's campaign as well.

In the 2024 election, House Democrats view Spanberger's seat in Virginia's seventh congressional district to be a must-win.

The National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC) targeted Spanberger as one of several vulnerable Democrats in the 2024 election.

Earlier this year, the NRCC launched a nationwide campaign to persuade Spanberger to accept reduced sentences for serious offenses.

House Republicans are putting "all hands on deck" to win the race in Virginia's seventh congressional district, according to NRCC spokesperson Delanie Bomar.

“Abigail Spanberger didn’t like life in the minority, joining a growing list of extreme Democrats clamoring for the exits. House Republicans are all hands on deck to add this seat to our column and grow our majority,” Bomar said.

Spanberger's spokesman told Politico, "As every Democrat in Virginia should be, Abigail is squarely focused on the 2023 General Assembly races."

Written By:
Charlotte Tyler

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