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Democrats’ national ad buy includes Virginia’s 10th District

The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee today launched its first national digital campaign of the 2016 cycle, targeting 15 districts across the county the committee believes are in play. Included in batch is the Loudoun County-centered 10th District of Virginia, represented by first-term Congresswoman Barbara Comstock (R).

The 10th is the only district in Virginia included in the five-figure buy.

The spot specifically targets female independent and female Republican voters, according to DCCC spokesman Jermaine House. It will run for two weeks beginning today.

According to the DCCC, the ad “emphasizes the reckless policies and positions that Donald Trump and House Republicans' share, with a focus on their similar anti-LGBT, anti-Muslim, anti-immigrant, anti-women's choice and healthcare positions.” The spot will be featured and promoted on Facebook. Here it is:

Comstock has kept her distance from Trump thus far. She endorsed Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) in December and has not said whether she'll endorse Trump, now the presumptive GOP nominee.

Trump narrowly won the Virginia primary despite a poor showing in the 10th District, known as a moderate, highly educated district. The 10th has been represented by a Republican since 1980, although Democrats believe shifting demographics could put it in play during a presidential election year.

Comstock is being challenged by first-time officer-seeker LuAnn Bennett, a Democratic real estate developer and the former wife of Congressman Jim Moran of Virginia's 8th District.

Republican operatives are painting Bennett as an elitist D.C. insider. Chris Pack, a National Republican Congressional Committee spokesman, said Wednesday Bennett is hiding from the voters.

“Since LuAnn Bennett announced her campaign six months ago, she has offered no specific plan for what she would do for Northern Virginia,” Pack said in email campaign.


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