Republican Rep. Barbara Comstock was unable to defend her seat in Virginia’s 10th District this election, defeated on Tuesday by Democratic Virginia state Sen. Jennifer Wexton.
> The race was the first House seat of the evening to flip from a Republican to a Democrat, and it was widely viewed as a barometer of Democrats' potential strength. The results were called early in the evening, after Wexton posted a double digit lead over Comstock across large swaths of the district.
> Voters in the affluent Northern Virginia suburban district have sent Republicans to Congress for 60 of the past 66 years.
> This year, however, shifting political winds across the state collided with President Donald Trump's unpopularity, turning the district into a prime pickup opportunity for Democrats.
Wexton took off ahead of Comstock early on and maintained a substantial lead throughout, averaging a lead of about seven percentage points.
> Trump also likely contributed to Comstock's weakened support among voters. In the 2016 presidential race, Trump lost the 10th district to Hillary Clinton by 10 points. A recent Monmouth poll found that the president's approval rating in the district was underwater by 11 points.