Trump gives Dave Brat his 'total endorsement'
President TrumpDonald John TrumpSenate advances public lands bill in late-night vote Warren, Democrats urge Trump to back down from veto threat over changing Confederate-named bases Esper orders ‘After Action Review’ of National Guard’s role in protests MORE endorsed Rep. Dave Brat on Thursday, throwing his political weight behind the Virginia Republican as the two-term incumbent faces his toughest reelection bid.
@DaveBratVA7th is one of the hardest working, and smartest, people in Washington. He is strong on the Border, Crime, the Military, our Vets and the 2nd Amendment,” Trump tweeted.
“He is a powerful vote for MAGA and loves the Great State of Virginia. Dave has my Total Endorsement!”
Congressman @DaveBratVA7th is one of the hardest working, and smartest, people in Washington. He is strong on the Border, Crime, the Military, our Vets and the 2nd Amendment. He is a powerful vote for MAGA and loves the Great State of Virginia. Dave has my Total Endorsement!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 18, 2018
Brat is locked in a close race against Democrat Abigail Spanberger, a former CIA officer who has cast herself as a moderate. Public polling in the state’s 7th Congressional District has been sparse, but a Monmouth University poll released late last month gave Spanberger a 5-point lead over Brat.
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The Cook Political Report, a nonpartisan election handicapper, currently rates the race as a “toss-up.”
Brat entered the House in 2014 after pulling off a stunning primary win over then-House Majority Leader Eric CantorEric Ivan CantorTrump taps pollster to push back on surveys showing Biden with double-digit lead Bottom Line The Democrats’ strategy conundrum: a ‘movement’ or a coalition? MORE (R-Va.). He won reelection handily in 2016, defeating Democrat Eileen Bedell by a 15-point margin.
Democrats are eyeing suburban districts as part of their strategy to retake control of the House in November. Virginia’s 7th district is comprised of both rural areas and suburbs of Richmond.