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Democrats notch first House pickup of the night as Jennifer Wexton wins in Virginia

Democrats notch first House pickup of the night as Jennifer Wexton wins in Virginia

On Monday, there were donuts at the Northern Virginia campaign offices of Democratic congressional candidate Jennifer Wexton, with former President Obama paying a surprise visit, bearing glazed treats that, he joked, were approved by his nutrition-conscious wife Michelle.

Tonight, there might be cake. Wexton has defeated Barbara Comstock, the Republican incumbent, in Virginia’s 10th congressional district. And though the race was closely watched, it was not especially close, with Wexton projected to win by as many as 14 points. (incumbent Va. Sen. Tim Kaine also prevailed over far-right Republican challenger Corey Stewart, in a victory that was widely expected.)

Wexton’s district became the first wrested by Democrats from Republican control this cycle and, as such, could represent an early sign of a potential “blue wave.” If they are able to flip two dozen seats, Democrats will gain control of the House of Representatives.

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Virginia Democratic congressional candidate Jennifer Wexton, a former prosecutor and current Democratic state senator, arrives to vote, Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2018 in Leesburg, Va. Wexton is running against two-term Rep. Barbara Comstock, R-Va. (AP Photo/Douglas Graham)

Supporters cheer as they watch returns at an election night party for Democrat congressional candidate Jennifer Wexton, Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2018, in Dulles, Va. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Former President Barack Obama, left, holds open a box of donuts with Sen. Tim Kaine, D-Va., holding apple cider, and Virginia state Sen. Jennifer Wexton, who is running for Congress, as Obama surprised Democratic volunteers in Fairfax Station, Va., Monday, Nov. 5, 2018. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

Brett Jenkins, on the ladder, and Brian Magalis place a sign for the election night party for Democratic congressional candidate Jennifer Wexton, Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2018, in Dulles, Va. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Virginia Democratic congressional candidate Jennifer Wexton, a former prosecutor and current Democratic state senator, greets voters at the Clarke County School Offices, Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2018 in Berryville, Va. Wexton is running against two-term Rep. Barbara Comstock, R-Va. (AP Photo/Douglas Graham)

Virginia Democratic congressional candidate Jennifer Wexton, a former prosecutor and current Democratic state senator, greets voters at DeHart Elementary School, Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2018 in Winchester, Va. Wexton is running against two-term Rep. Barbara Comstock, R-Va. (AP Photo/Douglas Graham)

Virginia Democratic congressional candidate Jennifer Wexton, a former prosecutor and current Democratic state senator, greets voters at the Clarke County School Offices, Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2018 in Berryville, Va. Wexton is running against two-term Rep. Barbara Comstock, R-Va. (AP Photo/Douglas Graham)

Virginia Democratic congressional candidate Jennifer Wexton, a former prosecutor and current Democratic state senator, greets voters at Ida Lee Park on, Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2018 in Leesburg, Va. Wexton is running against two-term Rep. Barbara Comstock, R-Va. (AP Photo/Douglas Graham)

Virginia Democratic congressional candidate Jennifer Wexton, a former prosecutor and current Democratic state senator, greets voters at Ida Lee Park on, Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2018 in Leesburg, Va. Wexton is running against two-term Rep. Barbara Comstock, R-Va. (AP Photo/Douglas Graham)

Virginia Democratic congressional candidate Jennifer Wexton, a former prosecutor and current Democratic state senator, greets voters and poses for a selfie with Nicole Lee at Ida Lee Park on, Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2018 in Leesburg, Va. Wexton is running against two-term Rep. Barbara Comstock, R-Va. (AP Photo/Douglas Graham)

Virginia Democratic candidate for U.S. Representative Jennifer Wexton holds a campaign rally in Sterling, Virginia, U.S. October 30, 2018. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

Virginia Democratic candidate for U.S. Representative Jennifer Wexton (R) smiles with supporter Mamie Parker at a campaign rally in Sterling, Virginia, U.S. October 30, 2018. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

Virginia state senator Jennifer Wexton, Democratic nominee for Virginia's 10th Congressional District, votes at Loudoun County High School in Leesburg, Virginia, U.S., Nov. 6, 2018. REUTERS/Al Drago

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Virginia’s 10th congressional district is wealthy and suburban. It has been in Republican control since 1980. However, the northern suburbs of Virginia have become increasingly diverse and left-leaning, along with much of the rest of the state. In 2016, Hillary Clinton won Fairfax, Prince William and Loudoun counties, all of which are partly in the 10th district.

Wexton’s win could indicate a broader exasperation with President Trump and his brand of politics, at least outside the Republican base. In one campaign advertisement, Comstock tried to tie Wexton to MS-13, the criminal gang that is a favorite Trump target. The ad was widely criticized.

Wexton’s campaign, meanwhile, happily tied the Republican incumbent to the historically unpopular Republican president, coming up with a new name for her: “Trumpstock.” Apparently, the nickname stuck.

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