McLEAN, Va. — Pre-election polls suggested voters in one of the country’s most affluent congressional districts are poised to oust a Republican House incumbent despite the strong economy.
In Virginia’s 10th Congressional District, Republican Rep. Barbara Comstock is seeking a third term against Democratic challenger and state senator Jennifer Wexton. The two candidates each raised over $5 million ahead of Election Day, but Comstock has trailed Wexton in the majority of polls since the primary.
On Tuesday, voters at the district’s Springfield Hill precinct in McLean, Virginia, spoke of casting ballots for the candidates to counter or support the policies of President Donald Trump.
“Fear brought me to the polls today,” said a sexagenarian medical professional, who declined to give her name but said she voted for the Democratic Party candidates over concerns about the president. “I’m really concerned about the rhetoric, the vitriol espoused by Trump.”
Helene Normandeau echoed that sentiment, saying she had considered herself an Independent in the past but has voted for Democratic candidates in recent years including the 2016 presidential election.
“I feel very strongly that the Democratic Party needs to counter Trump and the Republicans,” Normandeau said.
Virginia’s 10th District borders the Potomac River near Washington, D.C., and has the third-highest median household income ($120,384) of any congressional district in the country.
Keeping a strong economy rolling was a priority for Anil Verma, a 35-year resident of McLean and a decades-long Republican. The party hopes that a booming economy will play a factor in keeping Republican-control on Congress next year.
“I want to continue with Trump’s policies,” Verma said. Those policies included “strong borders, low taxes, infrastructure improvements and repealing Obamacare,” he said.
In 2016, Comstock, a former Justice Department attorney, won a second term in office with 52.7 percent of the vote, but Trump lost the district to Democratic presidential nominee Hilary Clinton by 10 percentage points.