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Spanberger declares victory in 7th Congressional District race

Updated: Nov. 4, 2020 at 5:57 PM EST
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CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (WVIR) - Democratic incumbent Abigail Spanberger has declared victory in the 7th Congressional District race after votes from Spotsylvania and Henrico counties were finalized.

Republican Nick Freitas ran against Spanberger for the 7th District seat. As of 6 p.m., Nov. 4, Spanberger has 227,540 votes to Nick Freitas' 222,406, with 100% of precincts reporting.

“Tonight, the 7th District affirmed its commitment to leadership in Congress that puts central Virginia first, works for everyone, and focuses on expanding opportunity for the next generation of Virginians. Serving the 7th District in Congress has been my honor, and I look forward to continuing our work to strengthen and protect our communities," Spanberger said in a statement.

Freitas has not conceded the race.

The 7th District is considered one of the tightest races in Virginia. Spanberger won the seat two years ago by approximately 7,000 votes.

Freitas was ahead on Tuesday evening, but the counting of over 56,000 votes from Spotsylvania and Henrico Counties gave Spanberger the lead.

The race has not yet been called by the Associated Press or NBC News.

During a Facebook Live on Wednesday night, Spanberger thanked her voters “for putting your trust in me again and reelecting me for another two years,” and touted bipartisanship and her willingness to hear from the community as the reasons why she won.

“I have listened to the people who elected me as well as those who did not,” she said. “I have endeavored to be an accountable representative through town halls, public meetings, and consistent correspondence.”

At Freitas’s watch party on election night, he said he wanted to wait until every vote is counted.

The nonpartisan Virginia Public Access Project estimates there are still 19,747 votes yet to be counted.

“I know there are many who cast a different vote, and who volunteered for a different candidate and they’re disappointed," Spanberger said. "I hope over time I will earn your trust as your representative even as we disagree.”

If the results are certified and Spanberger has in fact won, the Virginia House Delegation will remain at seven Democrats and four Republicans. The only freshman in the delegation in 2021 will be 5th District Republican Bob Good.

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