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Ex-cop wins Virginia GOP primary, says Democrats ‘opened door’ to skyrocketing crime


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Two winning Republican candidates told “Fox & Friends” on Wednesday why they think a red wave is coming in November.

Congressional candidates Yesli Vega, R-Va., and Jen Kiggans, R-Va., have argued that President Joe Biden’s economic policies, along with liberal crime reduction policies, are pushing Americans toward candidates republicans.

“People’s number one priority is to live in safe and secure communities, to know that their children will play outside safely,” Vega said Wednesday.

“And sadly, you have a Democratic Party that has opened the doors to skyrocketing crime in our communities like we’ve never seen before.”

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Vega is a former police officer and a military wife, while Kiggans is a former Navy helicopter pilot.

Many Democrats and liberal district attorneys have adopted soft-on-crime policies that have led to rising crime rates in cities like San Francisco, Los Angeles and New York. San Francisco District Attorney Chesa Boudin was just recalled by voters for his politics after the city saw a spike in armed robberies, homicides and drug use.

“I’m running for Congress to restore American strength this year,” Kiggans said. “In our economy, but at our borders and in our foreign policy, that’s what we’re really missing.”

Kiggans pointed to the Biden administration’s lack of leadership and accountability, particularly in the economy, national security and foreign policy.

Biden and the White House have blamed who is to blame for the rising cost of goods and services, including gasoline prices that have reached nearly $5 a gallon on a national average.

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“When I’m at the gas pump, I talk to voters. When I’m at the grocery store, I talk to voters and everyone feels the pressure, whether it’s at the pump or in the dairy aisle, at the ‘groceries,” Vega said. “I remind people that it is possible that we can change and change things.”

Marianna Sotomayor said Sunday it might be too late for Democrats on the economy as gasoline prices soared to $5.00. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong, File)
(AP Photo/Jae C. Hong, File)

In addition to a crippling economy, the Biden administration has also remained relatively silent on the ongoing border crisis where record numbers of illegal immigrants are overwhelming border towns.

As voters look to November, the economy, national security and foreign policy are key issues for Americans that Vega and Kiggans hope to address.

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“It starts with opening their minds, opening their hearts, and giving us the opportunity to explain to them why we’re in the best position to represent them the way they deserve to be represented,” Vega said.

Vega will face Rep. Abigail Spanberger, D-Va., in the 7th District while Kiggans, a state senator, will challenge Rep. Elaine Luria, D-Va., in the 2nd District.


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