VIRGINIA (WRIC) — Abigail Spanberger won the 7th Congressional District Democratic primary on Tuesday night, defeating Dan Ward, a former Marine Corps pilot and farmer from Orange, Virginia.
Spanberger, a former C.I.A. officer, had 73 percent of the vote after more than 93 percent of precincts were reported, according to a release from Spanberger’s office.
Spanberger will face Congressman Dave Brat, a former economics professor at Randolph-Macon College who shocked the nation by defeating House majority leader Eric Cantor in 2014.
“Tonight’s results prove that when we center our politics around our shared values and commitment to service and integrity, our friends and neighbors will rise to the occasion and make their voices heard,” Spanberger said in her acceptance speech.
“After 11 months, more than 100 meet and greets, and thousands of miles driven across the district, I am humbled and honored to accept the Democratic nomination,” she continued.
Ward tweeted about the result and wished his fellow Democrat luck against Brat.
Tonight was not the result we wanted but I have full confidence that Abigail @SpanbergerVA07 has what it takes to beat Dave Brat in November and will make a great Congressperson. To all who helped us thank you. See my full statement below: pic.twitter.com/cTf9mz0VPC— Dan Ward (@DanWardVA07) June 13, 2018