Crunch Time in Virginia’s Seventh District (Style Weekly)

Spanberger's background as a former CIA officer also has added a twist to the national security issue — something Republicans generally perform better with, says Stephen Farnsworth, professor and director of the Center for Leadership and Media Studies at the University of Mary Washington.

"I think that the Democrats generally have been very wise to put candidates forward with a significant national security background where they can," Farnsworth says.

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