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Congresswoman Abigail Spanberger Announces Plan to Leave Congress to Pursue Governorship

On Monday, Virginia Representative Abigail Spanberger, a Democrat representing a contested congressional district, declared her candidacy for the governorship of the state.

In 2024, the congresswoman, who was elected for a third term in 2022 and held the seat by 4.66 percentage points, will not run for re-election. In 2018, her opponent was the Republican Dave Brat.

Virginia’s Republican governor, Glenn Youngkin, who took office in early 2022, is ineligible to seek a second consecutive term in office in 2025, as stipulated by the state constitution.

During a 2020 House Democratic Caucus phone call, Spanberger cautioned her colleagues regarding the party’s stance on defunding the police.

She argued that Republican attack advertisements on the subject closely mirrored the concerns she was hearing from her constituents regarding public safety.

Spanberger attacked Republicans in her gubernatorial campaign announcement video, “What Matters Most,” with regards to abortion and “book bans.”

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