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Virginia Candidates Pin Hopes on White House Race

Bennett speaks with Heidi Zollo of Herndon at the Clearview Precinct at Clearview Elementary School in Herndon, Va. (Al Drago/CQ Roll Call)

Before the sun had risen over Langley High School in McLean, Va., Tuesday, LuAnn Bennett had passed in and out of the gymnasium to cast her vote for Hillary Clinton and positioned herself outside the exit.  

Standing in front of a table of Dunkin' Donuts ("free for everyone") manned by volunteers for the Virginia Democratic party, Bennett, who's running for Congress in Virginia's 10th District, greeted early risers who straggled in to cast their vote for president on Super Tuesday.  

In Purple Virginia, Bill Clinton Revs Up Democrats

Former President Bill Clinton speaks at a campaign event for his wife, Hillary Clinton, in Alexandria, Va., Wednesday. (Al Drago/CQ Roll Call)

Former President Bill Clinton waltzed into a stifling recreation center in Alexandria, Va., Wednesday afternoon and told 400 Hillary Clinton supporters that this time, it wasn't his fault.  

"I was dressed and ready to go two hours ago," he said, explaining that he was late because first, his plane couldn't take off and then, it couldn't land. The crowd, who'd queued up hours earlier in a persistent drizzle, didn't care. They wiped their brows and settled in to hear Clinton improvise one of his characteristically engaging, and sometimes rambling, stump speeches about what his wife would do if president.  

Judges Select New Virginia Congressional Map

Virginia's new map would make Forbes' district more Democratic. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

A federal three-judge panel selected a new congressional map for the 2016 elections Thursday.  

The map is one of two proposed maps that a court-appointed special master — in this case a political science professor at University of California, Irvine — released in November 2015 that would give Democrats a shot at picking up another seat. Currently, Democrats hold three of the state's 11 congressional seats. The new map would increase the black voting age population in the 4th District, currently held by GOP Rep. J. Randy Forbes. Several Democrats have already expressed interest in running for his seat.  

Congressman's Ex-Wife Announces Bid Against Comstock

Comstock now has a Democratic challenger. (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call).

Real estate executive LuAnn Bennett announced her candidacy against Virginia GOP Rep. Barbara Comstock Thursday.  

"We need a voice that speaks up for affordable access to health care, for women and for every family, not one bent on taking it away," Bennett said in a three-minute announcement video . The Democrat, who has never held elected office before, is the third ex-wife of former Virginia Rep. James P. Moran.  

Congressman's Ex-Wife Eyeing Challenge to Barbara Comstock

Comstock, seen here at an Independence Day parade in 2014, is still without a Democratic challenger. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Updated Oct. 13 |  No Democrat has entered the race against freshman Virginia Rep. Barbara Comstock. But there's a new recruit whose name may be familiar to Washington.  

National Democrats are talking to businesswoman LuAnn Bennett, who is president of the District of Columbia-based Bennett Group, a real estate management firm. Bennett is also the third ex-wife of former Rep. James P. Moran, who represented Virginia's 8th District until his retirement in 2015.  

GOP Poll: Comstock in Strong Position for Re-Election

Polling shows Comstock is in good position for re-election in Virginia's 10th District. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Freshman Rep. Barbara Comstock, R-Va., holds a strong lead against a generic Democratic opponent, according to polling by the National Republican Congressional Committee.  

Comstock — who does not yet have a Democratic opponent as none have announced bids in this northern Virginia district — leads a generic Democrat 49-36 percent, according to the NRCC's poll.  

EMILY's List Targets 15 Republicans for 2016

Schriock is the president of EMILY's List. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

EMILY's List put 15 GOP incumbents "On Notice" for their re-election bids Monday, naming its top GOP targets for 2016, according to a release provided first to CQ Roll Call.  

The group, which backs women who support abortion rights, says each incumbent has a bad record on women's health issues, and will make it a priority to find female recruits to challenge them next fall. The list is almost identical to the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee's top targets in 2016, when the party will seek to put a dent in Republicans' historic House majority.  

Exclusive: NRCC Adds 8 More Vulnerable Members to Patriot Program

Walden is the chairman of the NRCC. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

The National Republican Congressional Committee added eight more members to its Patriot program Friday, according to a list provided first to CQ Roll Call.  

The program provides fundraising and organizational support to the GOP Caucus' most vulnerable incumbents. Democrats are targeting these members in 2016, when the party will look to make a dent in the House Republican majority.  

Northern Virginia Republican Bucks Party on Metro Cuts

Comstock's is the only GOP district served by the Metro. (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call).

Virginia Rep. Barbara Comstock was the only Republican among the nine Washington, D.C.-area members who issued a joint statement Wednesday expressing their disappointment with a proposal for deep funding cuts to the Washington Metropolitan Area Transportation Authority.  

Comstock's position on the issue now puts her at odds with her party’s leadership, but it's unlikely to hurt the freshman congresswoman in November 2016 in a swing district where the Metro system plays a central transportation role. As a freshman Republican representing northern Virginia, Comstock’s a target of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee , and Democrats are already looking at several female candidates to take her on.  

Democrats Considering Female Comstock Challengers

Which Democrat will challenge Comstock? (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Virginia Democrats are narrowing in on a handful of female candidates to take on freshman Rep. Barbara Comstock.  

Comstock, already a Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee target for 2016, won the open seat to replace GOP Rep. Frank R. Wolf, her former boss, by 16 points in 2014. But given the swing nature of her northern Virginia district and the higher turnout expected in a presidential year, Democrats say if they’re going to take the seat, this is the time.