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by Brandon Jarvis

After initially saying she would not be officially announcing her congressional campaign until the final district lines are drawn, state Sen. Amanda Chase (Chesterfield) has changed her mind and is launching her campaign to be the Republican nominee in Virginia’s seventh congressional district Wednesday. 

Chase confirmed with Virginia Scope that she will be officially launching her campaign Wednesday morning. She is expected to comment on her campaign with John Reid on WRVA at 7:05 a.m. this morning and on the John Fredericks radio show during the 9 o’clock hour. 

Chase unsuccessfully ran for governor earlier this year eventually coming in third place in the convention. 

She is a firebrand candidate that used to don herself as “Trump in Heels” and says she does not seek the endorsements of elected officials. She was censured by her colleagues in the state Senate earlier this year after comments she made about the Jan. 6 insurrection. 

She has since gone on a countrywide tour in an effort to audit the 2020 presidential election results. She is still pushing for an audit of the 2020 election results in Virginia. 

Virginia’s seventh congressional district is currently represented by Congresswoman Abigail Spanberger (D-Henrico). She defeated the Republican incumbent Dave Brat during the 2018 blue wave and won reelection again in 2020 by a slightly larger margin. 

Other filed candidates include Tina Ramirez (Chesterfield), State Sen. Bryce Reeves (Spotsylvania), Del. John McGuire (Goochland), and former McDonnell staffer Taylor Keeney (Goochland). The exact lines for the district have not been finalized yet, however, meaning some of these candidates might be drawn out of the seventh district when the process is complete.

But even so, Republicans are hopeful that they can win back the House during midterms next year and it appears that Virginia’s seventh district will be a priority for them. Youngkin won the district by 12 points in this year’s election according to the Virginia Public Access Project, giving Republicans the hope that they can win back this seat next year. 

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By vascope