WASHINGTON – Democrat Jennifer Wexton has a solid lead over GOP Rep. Barbara Comstock in the contest for Virginia’s 10th Congressional District, according to a poll released Friday.
The Washington Post-Schar School poll found that 54 percent of the respondents said they support Wexton, compared with 43 percent who said they support Comstock. Meanwhile, 1 percent said they support a third-party candidate and 2 percent said they are not sure whom they support.
The sampling included 446 likely voters and was carried out Oct. 25-28. The poll has a margin of error of plus or minus 6.5 percentage points.
Wexton, 50, is a state senator and former prosecutor.
Comstock, 59, has served in Congress since 2015. She is considered a moderate conservative. Comstock has supported most of the Trump administration’s key policy priorities. However, she is included among the 20 Republicans who voted against Obamacare repeal legislation last year.
The predominantly urban district encompasses Loudoun County as well as parts of Fairfax and Prince William counties. It is one of the wealthiest and most highly educated districts in the nation.
Democrat Hillary Clinton won the district by 10 points in the 2016 presidential election.
Many polls say Democrats are likely to exceed the 23-seat threshold needed to retake the House.
The party is hedging its bets on affluent suburban swing-districts like VA-10.
The district has not been represented by a Democrat since 1981.