Last Tuesday, Professor Rachel Bitecofer came out with her 2020 Congressional elections forecast, and not surprisingly, two competitive races in Virginia were in VA-02 (first-term Congresswoman Elaine Luria, most likely in a rematch with former Rep. Scott “Petitiongate” Taylor) and in VA-07 (first-term Congresswoman Abigail Spanberger, most likely facing far-right Del. Nick Freitas) – “Lean D” and “Likely D”. To win these races, in districts that have”PVI”s of R+3 and R+6, respectively – and which Luria and Spanberger won narrowly, with 51.1% and 50.3% of the vote, respectively, in 2018 – is going require strong campaigns by the incumbents, of course, combined with “all hands on deck” in terms of support from grassroots individuals and groups.On the latter, one area of support will be the gun violence prevention community, including groups like the Brady PAC. As you can see from the following statement and graphics, the Brady PAC this morning is endorsing Reps. Luria and Spanberger for reelection, emphasizing their “incredible leadership in support of gun violence prevention.” The Brady PAC has also made it clear that it will be investing in these races. With that, here’s a quote from Brady PAC Executive Director Brian Lemek. Go Elaine Luria and Abigail Spanberger!
“We’ve seen incredible leadership in support of gun violence prevention from Rep. Luria and Rep. Spanberger during their first term in Congress. We’ve long believed they would fight for gun legislation once elected. As members they’ve honored the commitment they made to our movement during their first campaigns and supported closing the Charleston Loophole and expanded background checks — both passed the House,” said Brady PAC Executive Director Brian Lemek. “We look forward to maintaining the gun violence prevention majority we have in the house and count on working with both Rep. Luria and Rep. Spanberger beyond 2020 to identify and implement comprehensive solutions to the very complex issue of gun violence in America.”