RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — Republican U.S. Rep. Rob Wittman has won Virginia’s 1st Congressional District race, according to the Associated Press.
Wittman, first elected in 2007, defeated Democratic challenger Herb Jones and independent candidate David Foster to win another term in Congress.
The AP called the race for Wittman at 9:03 p.m. All election results are unofficial until they are certified by the State Board of Elections.
In an interview before the election, Wittman told 8News that the issue at the top of voters’ minds was the economy and that people complained to him about the high prices for food, gas and concerns about a potential recession.
Virginia’s congressional map was redrawn last year due to redistricting, shifting Virginia’s 1st District towards central Virginia to include parts of Henrico and Chesterfield counties.
While his district is different, Wittman said before the election that he believes voters would look at his accomplishments in Congress and vowed that he would seek to continue to work across the aisle on legislative priorities.
“I have a record of getting things done,” Wittman told 8News in October. “Things I’m very proud of like recognition for Virginia Indian tribes, like assuring that each and every year we pass a National Defense Authorization Act which is the foundation of our military and defending this nation.”
Wittman added that he would focus on standing up for fiscal responsibility and “making sure government is accountable.”