RICHMOND, Va. - The GOP scored an increasingly uncommon victory in Virginia on Tuesday when incumbent Rob Wittman fended off a challenge for his seat in the 1st Congressional District by defeating Democrat Qasim Rashid.
Wittman is a staunch supporter of repealing the Affordable Care Act, while Rashid – a former Virginia Poverty Law Center lawyer – has advocated for Medicare for all.
From the outset of the campaign, Wittman criticized his challenger as “too radical,” according to the Washington Post.
Both candidates have championed environmental issues – with Rashid leaning to the left as a supporter of the Green New Deal.
Wittman has backed offshore wind energy and pushed for conserving the Commonwealth’s wildlife resources.
Virginia’s 1st Congressional District spans a number of counties and represents an array of constituencies – ranging from the Richmond area to Fredericksburg to Northern Virginia.