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Spanberger, Freitas 7th district race to be decided by absentee ballots

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Posted at 2:08 AM, Nov 04, 2020
and last updated 2020-11-04 11:11:00-05

CHESTERFIELD COUNTY, Va. -- As Election Day comes to an end, no winner has been declared in the race for the 7th Congressional House seat.

In what was expected to be one of the most competitive races in Central Virginia, Republican challenger Nick Freitas leads Democratic incumbent Abigail Spanberger.

Officials were still counting votes as of Wednesday morning, and Friday is the deadline to receive mail-in absentee ballots.

Freitas says there’s still a "ways to go" with absentee ballots out in Chesterfield and Henrico, but he "wouldn't want to switch spots" with Spanberger right now.

Spanberger did not speak Tuesday night, but did release a statement on Twitter.

“Our votes are our voices and every vote matters! As an update- Henrico, Chesterfield, Spotsylvania, and Powhatan haven’t yet reported their 220,000+ early votes, and across #VA07, there are thousands of pending mail-in ballots... As we continue to monitor the results and wait for every vote to be counted, I want to take a moment to thank all of you for your tremendous support!” Spanberger tweeted.

Given the voting history of Virginia’s 7th District, the Cook Political Report listed the race as a tossup, with Spanberger having a slight edge as the incumbent.

Virginias 7th Congressional district includes voters in Chesterfield, Henrico, Spotsylvania, Culpeper, Louisa, Orange, Powhatan, Goochland, Amelia, and Nottoway.