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Vega concedes to Spanberger, ending Virginia’s 7th District contest

By: - November 9, 2022 12:22 pm

LAKE RIDGE, VIRGINIA – OCTOBER 14: Republican Congressional candidate Yesli Vega speaks at a Hispanic Get Out the Vote Rally on October 14, 2022 in Lake Ridge, Virginia. Vega, a former law enforcement officer is running against incumbent Abigail Spanberger in the general election for Virginia’s 7th Congressional District on November 8, 2022.(Photo by Anna Moneymaker/Getty Images)

Republican Yesli Vega conceded to Democratic Rep. Abigail Spanberger Wednesday in Virginia’s closely watched 7th Congressional District election, saying, “We gave it our all, but came up a little short last night.”

“I want to congratulate the congresswoman on a hard fought win,” Vega, a Prince William County supervisor, said in a statement posted to Twitter just before noon, adding that she will “look forward to working with Abigail in the future.”

The concession appeared to ward off the possibility of legal challenges or recounts that might have left question marks hanging over the race, which the Associated Press called for Spanberger late Tuesday night.

Republicans had high hopes for Vega, but she was trailing Spanberger by a little more than 10,000 votes as results continued to solidify Wednesday.

Spanberger’s win was a huge lift to Democratic morale Tuesday night, indicating the party was proving resilient in a high-profile race in which its incumbent was thought to be in danger.

In her victory speech Tuesday night, Spanberger thanked Vega and Vega’s family and praised Vega’s supporters “for their engagement in our democracy and their commitment to their candidate.”

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Graham Moomaw
Graham Moomaw

A veteran Virginia politics reporter, Graham grew up in Hillsville and Lynchburg, graduating from James Madison University and earning a master's degree in journalism from the University of Maryland. Before joining the Mercury in 2019, he spent six years at the Richmond Times-Dispatch, most of that time covering the governor's office, the General Assembly and state politics. He also covered city hall and politics at The Daily Progress in Charlottesville. Contact him at [email protected]

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