Virginia State Senator Jennifer Wexton takes on GOP Rep. Barbara Comstock

How a crowdfunding campaign impacted one of the most important House races in the country

If Democrats want to take back the House this year, it has to start with Virginia’s 10th. This district went for Clinton over Trump by a 10 point margin but reelected GOP Rep. Barbara Comstock.

Comstock has voted with the NRA against gun-safety measures and with Trump against healthcare. She not only has a 97.4 Trump score from FiveThirtyEight, she also took money from Trump and the NRA to fund her campaign.

While in the Virginia House, Barbara Comstock voted to require women seeking abortions to be subjected to medically unnecessary transvaginal ultrasounds, voted for a mandatory 24 hour waiting period after such an invasive procedure, and voted to implement TRAP regulations to shut down abortion clinics across the state, which were later struck down as unconstitutional.

Last year, a crowdfunding campaign was set up to draft Virginia State Senator Jennifer Wexton to run in Virginia’s 10th, citing that she’s “our best chance at defeating Trump-loving Barbara Comstock.” It soon went viral:

The overwhelming support that donors immediately showed through Crowdpac— in the form of financial pledges & endorsements collected over the course of a month — helped encourage Wexton to take the leap.

Less than 24 hours after the experienced State Senator and former prosecutor declared her candidacy, Cook Political Report moved the seat from “Lean Republican” to a “Tossup.”

Wexton won a crowded primary this week, but needs your help to have a strong showing as the Democratic nominee for VA-10.

From the campaign:

“What Northern Virginia actually needs is a Congresswoman with experience, integrity, and vision. Someone like Senator Jennifer Wexton!

“Before Senator Wexton was an elected official, she was a prosecutor in Loudoun County and served as a court-appointed attorney for abused and neglected children. She took her passion for protecting others to the state Senate, supporting legislation to help keep children safe, combat the heroin and opioid epidemic, increase access to healthcare, ease traffic congestion, and bring more businesses and jobs to Northern Virginia.

“Senator Wexton will take her track record of public service and fighting for hardworking Virginia families to Congress and be a leader in the #resistance against the Trump Administration. Contribute today to help Senator Wexton take back VA-10 for Northern Virginia families.”