The Wall Street Journal: Women win Democratic primaries in key Virginia races

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Democrats in Virginia, one of five states to hold primary elections Tuesday, picked women in key U.S. House races where the party hopes to flip districts now held by Republicans.

In northern Virginia, state Sen. Jennifer Wexton emerged from a field of six Democrats vying to run against GOP Rep. Barbara Comstock, who is among the most endangered Republican in the House. Wexton, the only elected official in the field, was endorsed by Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam and others in the party establishment.

In a district near Richmond, Democratic voters chose former CIA agent Abigail Spanberger to run against GOP Rep. Dave Brat, the conservative who upended the political world in 2014 by defeating then-House Majority Leader Eric Cantor in a primary.

Virginia Republicans chose conservative Corey Stewart to face Democratic Sen. Tim Kaine in November. Stewart is a Minnesota-born county supervisor who nearly won the Virginia GOP gubernatorial nomination last year on a platform of restoring Confederate monuments.

An expanded version of this report appears on WSJ.com.



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