Republican Jen Kiggans flips Democratic Rep. Elaine Luria’s seat in critical GOP victory in Virginia’s 7th Congressional District
This post has been updated to include new results in the 7th District.
WASHINGTON, D.C. – In the most critical Virginia primary election this cycle, Democrat Jon Ossoff raised just under $9 million in the first three months of the year, but Republican challenger, Congressman Jen Kiggans, led his Democratic challenger by more than $5 million in the same period. Ossoff, who had just a few years before been a House Member himself, received a lot of attention recently for his fundraising prowess after winning a special election to fill a vacant House seat in 2017.
Kiggans, who had worked as an aide to former Representative Tom Perriello, was widely considered as well qualified to run, until her campaign raised $1.5 million in its first three months against Ossoff on the general election. After initially running a leaner message in the 7th District, Kiggans has been gaining steam and now has more than 20 campaign stops in her first month on the campaign trail to fundraise for her campaign.
In an effort to highlight her success, Kiggans released a detailed plan to reduce the nation’s deficits and put more money back in the budget for schools. The plan she released today focused on several key policy areas in the district, including health care and education funding, tax reform, education, immigration, and more.
Ossoff, who raised more money in his first month than Kiggans in her entire primary campaign, has promised to hold town hall meetings with constituents and release information on his voting record as a Member of Congress. Ossoff’s campaign is attempting to focus on the issues that are most important to the voters of the 7th District, including education, health care, tax and immigration reform, gun control, and infrastructure.
The latest Washington Post-Schar School poll, Kiggans and Ossoff both had a similar level of support with 32 percent to 30 percent. Kiggans came out on top of the poll with 32 percent of those polled saying that they were voting for her. Ossoff came out third with