House Republicans celebrate Derrick Anderson Primary win, laud ‘strong opportunity’ to flip CD 7

The Congressional Leadership Fund, the super PAC for House Republican leadership, is celebrating Derrick Anderson’s victory in the Primary Election for Virginia’s 7th Congressional District.

Anderson came out on top in a GOP field of six candidates, besting his top opposition, Navy veteran Cameron Hamilton, largely buoyed by support from CLF. Hamilton, a former Army Green Beret, had support from the House Freedom Caucus, made up of right-wing members of the House Republican caucus. The two were the top fundraisers in the field.

CLF invested $125,000 to support Anderson.

“Derrick is a standout candidate of exceptional character and accomplishment, representing the best of America,” CLF President Dan Conston said. “His nomination gives Republicans a strong opportunity to win this fall.”

Anderson will face Eugene Vindman in the Nov. 5 General Election. Vindman is a political newcomer who played an integral role in the first impeachment of former President Donald Trump.

The two are vying to replace Abigail Spanberger, the Democratic incumbent who is not seeking re-election. Spanberger is instead running for Virginia Governor in 2025.

Vindman will have an edge in the General Election. The district leans left, with nearly 47% of the electorate consisting of Democrats compared to just over 32% Republicans, according to the most recent L2 voter data.

Vindman was, by far, the top fundraiser in the seven-person Democratic field, which included four women of color who all previously held office in Prince William County just outside Washington, D.C. The county is the largest part of the CD 7.

Vindman and his brother, Alex, blew the whistle on concerns about Trump’s now infamous call in 2019 to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy, in which the former President was seeking dirt on now-President Joe Biden and his son, Hunter.

Vindman’s campaign was largely centered on opposition to Trump, his allies and his brand of politics. On Tuesday, Vindman called his campaign a “grassroots movement” that is “coming for the extreme MAGA agenda,” according to The Associated Press.



Janelle Irwin Taylor has been a professional journalist covering local news and politics in Tampa Bay since 2003. In early 2022, she left the business to serve as Communications Director for St. Petersburg Mayor Ken Welch. After leaving the administration, Janelle briefly worked as a communications consultant for candidates, businesses and non-profits, before accepting her position as Publisher for Southeast Politics, a homecoming of sorts to her Florida Politics roots, where she served as a reporter and editor for several years. Janelle has also held roles covering the intersection of politics and business for the Tampa Bay Business Journal and general assignment news with an emphasis on social justice and climate change for WMNF Community Radio, where she also hosted a political call-in show under several names, including Last Call, Midpoint and The Scoop. Janelle has a lust for politics and policy. When she’s not bringing you the day’s news, you might find Janelle enjoying nature with her husband, children and two dogs. You can reach Janelle at [email protected]


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