Comstock, Bennett Square Off in First Debate for House Seat

LEESBURG, Va. (AP) — Freshman Republican Barbara Comstock touted her connections to the House Republican majority, while Democratic challenger LuAnn Bennett sought to tie Comstock to Donald Trump at the pair’s first debate.

Comstock and Bennett, candidates for Virginia’s 10th District seat, squared off in a forum Thursday sponsored by the Loudoun County Chamber of Commerce.

The 10th District stretches from McLean inside the Capital Beltway out west to Winchester.

Bennett, a real estate developer, is making her first run for office.

Comstock said her position as the only Republican in the northern Virginia congressional delegation gives her clout the region needs.

Comstock won the 10th District seat by more than 15 points in 2014. But Democrats hope the electorate in a presidential year will favor them, and that Trump will weigh down Comstock.

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