Republican Hung Cao, a retired Navy captain running for Congress, is backing a fellow military veteran as the two work to unseat vulnerable Democrats midway through this year in Virginia, Breitbart News has learned.
Cao is backing Derrick Anderson, a former Green Beret commander who served six tours of Iraq and Afghanistan, in Anderson’s run to unseat Representative Abigail Spanberger (D-VA) in Virginia’s Seventh District.
“Now is not the time for bureaucrats and politicians in Congress,” Cao said in a statement Thursday. “It’s time for warriors like Derrick Anderson to continue to fight for our constitution. I will be proud to stand with him in Congress.
Cao, who also served in Iraq and Afghanistan, won the Republican “firehouse primary” in Virginia’s Tenth District over the past weekend, solidifying her candidacy against Rep. Jennifer Wexton (D-VA) .
We did it! Thank you to everyone who has supported me so far, but we’re not done yet – let’s unite and win in November. #VA10
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— Hung Cao (@HungCaoCongress) May 22, 2022
Virginia’s Tenth District and two other districts chose their nominees Saturday, but several other districts, including the Seventh, will choose their nominees through the statewide primary process.
Anderson, who is a favorite in a tight Republican primary race with several other competitive contenders, will therefore run for the Republican nomination for the Seventh District on Virginia primary day June 21.
In response to Cao’s endorsement, Anderson said in a statement, “Hung Cao ran an outstanding VA-10 run and I am honored to have him in my corner during the final weeks of my primary.”
“We need to overturn the House and fire Nancy Pelosi to get our country back on track,” he continued. “I am the strongest candidate in the 7th District primary and I am ready to beat Abigail Spanberger. Thanks to my combat veteran brother, Hung Cao, for your support.
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—Derrick Anderson (@DerrickforVA) April 28, 2022
The National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC), which is the main campaign arm of House Republicans, is targeting both Spanberger and Wexton’s seats as pick-up opportunities as Republicans seek to take control of the majority of the House in November.
The Spanperger District changed significantly during last year’s redistricting process and no longer includes the suburb of Richmond where Spanberger lives. The new district includes parts of Prince William County, Stafford County and Spotsylvania County – which is Anderson’s hometown – and is considered a draw by Cook Political Report.
Republicans view Spanberger’s seat as a ripe pickup opportunity, while Democrats are reimbursing Spanberger with funding to protect his term.
Overthrowing Wexton will be more of an uphill battle. The Tenth District is located in the Blue Region of Northern Virginia; however, it shifted slightly in favor of the Republicans during last year’s redistricting process.
Virginia Governor Glenn Youngkin (right) only lost the redesigned district by 1.6%, according to an estimate by the Virginia Public Access Project. That narrow margin suggests Republicans have a chance in the district, especially since the district includes Loudoun County, which in 2021 became known as “ground zero” in education debates about transgender policies. critical race theory and the masking of children.
“Our chances of reclaiming the Tenth Congressional District and Virginia from Jennifer Wexton and the Democrats are very good,” Geary Higgins, Republican Party Chairman for the Tenth District, told Breitbart News, citing education issues.
NRCC Chairman Rep. Tom Emmer (R-MN) also expressed optimism about the district’s reversal, saying in a statement after Cao’s primary victory, “Jennifer Wexton supports the failed Democrat agenda that cuts parental rights, fuels inflation and lets violent crime run rampant.Virginians will kick Wexton out in November and elect Hung Cao.