Leading Republican jumps into hot House race
Rep. Frank Wolf, R-Virginia
January 7th, 2014
08:02 AM ET
3 months ago

Leading Republican jumps into hot House race

Washington (CNN) - A former aide to retiring Republican Rep. Frank Wolf of Virginia Tuesday is officially jumping into the race for his U.S. House seat, which will be among the most contested and expensive congressional battles in this November's midterm elections.

Three-term state delegate Barbara Comstock will formally declare her candidacy Tuesday morning, her campaign told CNN.

"I have won THREE races in one of the most competitive areas of the 10th District and our trademark has been that we have never been outworked," said Comstock in a fundraising email obtained by CNN.

Wolf, first elected in 1980 announced last month that he'll retire at the end of 2014 rather than run for re-election. The 10th Congressional District, located in the suburbs and exurbs of Washington, D.C in northern Virginia, was already considered a swing area in what has become a battleground state. In the 2012 election, GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney narrowly won the district, but then-Sen. Barack Obama prevailed there four years earlier.

Comstock, in her third term representing parts of Loudon and Fairfax counties in Virginia's House of Delegates, takes conservative stands on many issues, from business regulations to gun control. She opposes abortion rights, but advocates making birth-control pills easier to obtain.

Comstock narrowly won re-election last year but raised more campaign cash than any other candidate for the House of Delegates.

The only other Republican candidate to enter the race so far is notorious White House "party-crasher" Tareq Salahi, who was also a write-in candidate last year for governor of Virginia.

National Democrats see Wolf's retirement as a pick-up opportunity. Democrats need to win back a challenging 17 House seats from the Republicans next November to grab control of the chamber.


Filed under: 2014 • Frank Wolf • Virginia
soundoff (8 Responses)
  1. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA -aka- Take Back The House -aka- No Redemption Votes

    In the 2012 election, GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney narrowly won the district, but then-Sen. Barack Obama prevailed there four years earlier.
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    If you haven't been paying attention to Virginia politics as of late, there's this blue trend that we've got going on. Virginia, being among one of the states with the most federal employees, we have one thing on our minds when we go to the ballot box in November: Who is responsible for shutting down the government? Those responsible will be held accountable.

    January 7, 2014 08:27 am at 8:27 am |
  2. Rudy NYC

    @Dutch – I just looked up Virginia's districts. What type of area is that across the northern border? Isn't the 10th district where a lot of high technology stuff used to done? Maybe it still is, I don't know. It would seem to me that it would vary from middle and upper middle class towards the east, and becoming more rural the further west you go until you hit West Virginia.

    January 7, 2014 09:42 am at 9:42 am |
  3. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA -aka- Take Back The House -aka- No Redemption Votes

    The further west you go, the more conservatives you find. But up along the I-64 & I-95 corridors, it's blue all the way.

    January 7, 2014 10:18 am at 10:18 am |
  4. yolanda

    It is a sad statement that you only had one thing n your mind at the ballot box, Dutch. I do not condone the government shutdown, but as a native Virginian I care about more than just the Washington suburbs and their federal government dependency. And no, i am not a Republican. I vote with my conscience, not dutifully with either party.

    January 7, 2014 10:19 am at 10:19 am |
  5. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA -aka- Take Back The House -aka- No Redemption Votes

    yolanda
    It is a sad statement that you only had one thing n your mind at the ballot box, Dutch.
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    Sorry, but I'm more than a single issue voter. That being said, the government shutdown & the threat of defaulting on our debt is what is driving me to the ballot box this year. Tea Queda is determined to bring this country to it's knees and majority of sane Americans, republican and democrat won't stand for it.

    January 7, 2014 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  6. nhein

    @Dutch - didn't all federal government employees get back pay from the shutdown - what is problem then - essentially you got paid for doing nothing, right? I agree with @yolanda - sad to see this is your main focus.

    January 7, 2014 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  7. Malory Archer

    nhein

    @Dutch – didn't all federal government employees get back pay from the shutdown – what is problem then – essentially you got paid for doing nothing, right? I agree with @yolanda – sad to see this is your main focus.

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    Hotels, supermarkets, restaurants, campgrounds, sporting good shops, etc. near national parks were also affected, and nobody in private industry got reimbursed – and that's just one tiny example of the damage to non-government workers.

    January 7, 2014 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  8. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA -aka- Take Back The House -aka- No Redemption Votes

    nhein
    @Dutch – didn't all federal government employees get back pay from the shutdown – what is problem then – essentially you got paid for doing nothing, right? I agree with @yolanda – sad to see this is your main focus.
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    First of all, I'm not a government employee. However, a bunch of my neighbors are. And seeing them have to suffer during that time frame is something that is going to stick in their memories all year. My main focus is JOBS and how the GOTP has failed to produce any. They're called a "do-nothing Congress" for a reason.

    January 7, 2014 10:55 am at 10:55 am |