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Dave Brat officially concedes 7th District race to Abigail Spanberger

AP reports that Spanberger wins House seat

HENRICO COUNTY, Va. (WRIC) -- Rep. Dave Brat has officially conceded the 7th District race to Abigail Spanberger.

Campaign officials told 8News that Brat called Spanberger's campaign Wednesday morning to make the move official.

Brat's campaign later released the following statement:

"The voters of the 7th District came out in record numbers for a mid-term election yesterday. While the registrars across the district are still reviewing the votes, it is looking like the voters have spoken in this race.

"In the face of millions and millions of dollars of money from around this country that poured into Virginia to attack my record, I stayed true to my principles and did what I told the voters I would do. I am proud of what we did to get this economy moving again. Virginians have more money in their pockets and more job opportunities at higher wages. I am also proud of my work to stop online human trafficking and to fight back against the opiod epidemic. We are also rebuilding our military, giving them a much needed raise, and have taken care of our veterans by improving their health care system. Despite the fact the media would not report it, this is a record of results, not resistance.

"I want to thank the thousands and thousands of volunteers and donors who worked tirelessly and gave sacrificially to support the principles of the Virginia Republican creed and the conservative values of our founders like James Madison. We may not have won this election, but I am truly humbled by all of the support I have received over the past four years from so many Virginians. Laura, Jonathan, Sophia and I cannot thank you enough for all your hard work, your prayers and your friendship." --Rep. Dave Brat

With 99 percent of the precincts in Virginia's 7th Congressional District reported, the Associated Press called the House race for Democrat Abigail Spanberger early Wednesday morning. 

Spanberger, a former CIA operations officer and University of Virginia graduate, won 50.1 percent of the vote to unseat Rep. Dave Brat, the district's representative since 2014. 

In June, Spanberger won the Democratic primary after taking 72 percent of the vote.

Rep. Brat, a former economics professor at Randolph-Macon College in Ashland, Va., claimed the seat in 2014 after pulling off a major upset and unseating then-House Majority Leader Rep. Eric Cantor. 

At her campaign event in Henrico County on Tuesday night, Spanberger declared her victory. 

"We did it! We did it!" Spanberger proclaimed to her large crowd of supporters late Tuesday night. "I am honored to stand before you as the Congresswoman-elect for Virginia's seventh district." 

Rep. Brat did not concede the race on Election Night. 

WATCH: Kristin Smith reports from Rep. Dave Brat's campaign

According to the Associated Press, Spanberger received almost 5,000 more votes than Congressman Brat., with 227 of 228 precincts reported. 

Joe Walton, the Libertarian candidate in the race, received 1.2 percent of the vote.

Walton congratulated Spanberger on Twitter.

Brat's Senior Campaign Advisor, Phil Rapp, says the numbers are too close to call and that there are still provisional ballots to count. 

"We're going to go home tonight not knowing exactly where we are with this thing, but we do know, that we will prevail and that we will work through this and get to the point where we feel we've been victorious all along," Rapp said.  

Once the votes are finalized in a couple of weeks, Brat can call for a recount only if the margin is less than one percent. His team will start canvassing Wednesday at 9:30 a.m. 

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