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Spanberger, Stoney Claim Wins

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Democrat Abigail Spanberger is declaring victory in her reelection bid in Virginia’s 7th congressional district.

Spanberger addressed supporters Wednesday night.   She thanked her supporters and told those who didn’t support her that she’ll do her best to represent them as well. 

“I said I would find common ground and I said I would hold my ground when necessary to fight for our communities and protect our community. I have listened to the people who elected as well as those who did not.”

The decision to announce victory came a day after the polls closed. A final burst of early ballots were reported Wednesday evening, putting Spanberger about 5,000 votes ahead of her challenger, Republican Nick Freitas. 

Freitas has not conceded the race. In a statement online, he says his campaign will wait until Friday, when more mail-in ballot results are expected, before making any decisions or announcements.

The race was considered one of the most competitive Congressional seats in Virginia.

Richmond Mayor Race

Richmond Mayor Levar Stoney is declaring victory in the competitive race to lead Virginia's capital city.

Unofficial results show that Stoney is ahead in six of the city's nine electoral districts. A candidate has to win five to be elected mayor outright. 

"Not only do I love what I do I also love the people of this great city," Stoney said Wednesday "And I just love this city. And to get another four years to complete the work, as I've stated in the past, it's the greatest honor of my life." 

One of his main opponents, Kim Gray, tells Radio IQ it's been an honor to serve the city as a councilwoman.

And in a statement, his other primary challenger, first-time candidate Alexsis Rodgers, points out there are still outstanding votes and that her campaign will wait for official results before saying anything further. 

 

Mallory Noe-Payne is Radio IQ's Richmond reporter and bureau chief.