Creating a false narrative around parents' rights and painting transgender students as dangerous is not a winning strategy in northern Virginia.
That's the lesson Republican Yesli Vega learned when she lost the election against Rep. Abigail Spanberger Tuesday evening.Spanberger, a former CIA operative with a history in law enforcement and a record of bipartisanship, pulled out a win in a nationally watched race in Virginia's seventh Congressional District.
The district had been redrawn to include more significant portions of the Washington, D.C., exurbs, which have progressively trended bluer over several recent election cycles.Vega tried to tie Spanberger to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi in campaign advertisements, often painting Pelosi as enemy number one.Republican Gov.
Glenn Youngkin and former President Donald Trump had endorsed the conservative former police officer whose stance on abortion included the notion that rape couldn't cause pregnancy because "it's not organic."Vega distanced herself from high-profile Trump events but fully embraced Youngkin, who also sold himself as a moderate in the state's last election.