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Virginia's First Lady Decides Against a Run for Congress



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    HAMPTON, VA - JUNE 15: Presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton participates in a round table conversation on national security with (clockwise from bottom) Kathy Roth-Douquet, Robert Hamer, Virginia first lady Dorothy McAuliffe and James Barnett at the Virginia Air and Space Center June 15, 2016 in Hampton, Virginia. Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders (D-VT) met with Clinton Tuesday night after Clinton won the final primary in DC. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

    Dorothy McAuliffe, the wife of Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe, says she won't run for Congress. 

    Virginia's first lady considered seeking the Democratic nomination to challenge Republican Rep. Barbara Comstock next year, but media outlets report that McAuliffe said Wednesday that she has decided against a run. McAuliffe says she can have more impact in her current role. 

    Democrats consider the 10th District seat in the Washington suburbs one of their top targets - Democrat Hillary Clinton carried the district last year by 10 points. 

    State Sen. Jennifer Wexton, a former prosecutor, is the most prominent among those who have announced plans to run against Comstock. Lindsey Davis Stover, a former Obama administration official, and Dan Helmer, an Army veteran and Rhodes scholar, have also filed paperwork to seek the nomination.