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by Brandon Jarvis

VA-07 Republican nominee Yesli Vega has reversed her position on Kevin McCarthy for Leader in the House Republican Caucus. Earlier this year, Vega stated multiple times that she would not support McCarthy for Speaker of the House.

In April, during a radio interview, Vega stated it clearly: “I am going to vote for the candidate that wants to put the American people first. I’m not happy with what’s been happening, so my answer is no, I wouldn’t support Kevin.”

She received applause at a forum later that month for restating that she would not vote in support of McCarthy.

Now in September with less than two months until election day, Politico is reporting that Vega’s stance has changed. “‘Leader McCarthy has worked very hard to unify our party and build a massive operation to take back the majority,’ Vega said in a statement to Politico. ‘He has earned my support in this effort.’”

Vega is running against Rep. Abigail Spanberger in a newly-drawn congressional district based in Prince William County. This is new territory for two-term Rep. Spanberger after the redistricting commission moved VA-07 from the Richmond suburbs to Northern Virginia.

Vega is currently serving in her first term as a Prince William Supervisor and is an auxiliary law enforcement officer.

According to an analysis from VPAP, this district mostly leans blue.

  1. Republican Glenn Youngkin won VA-07 with 52% of the vote in 2021
  2. Democrat Tim Kaine won VA-07 with 55% of the vote in 2018
  3. Democrat Ralph Northam won VA-07 with 52% of the vote in 2017

Election day is Nov. 8.

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