Bannon planning to campaign for Brat in Virginia

Former Trump White House chief strategist Stephen Bannon will campaign this weekend in Virginia for Rep. Dave Brat (R), who faces a tough reelection bid against Democratic challenger Abigail Spanberger.

Bannon on Tuesday told The Washington Post that he will screen a pro-Trump movie he made called “Trump @War” in an attempt to motivate Trump supporters to vote in next week’s midterm.

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“I know how to get the base jacked up, and that’s what needs to be done here,” he told the Post.

Polls in the election between Brat and Spanberger, a former CIA officer, have shown a tight race in Virginia’s 7th Congressional District. One poll published this week showed the two in a dead heat.

The Cook Political Report rates the race as a toss-up.

Brat is a member of the ultra-conservative House Freedom Caucus and has been endorsed by President TrumpDonald John TrumpSenate advances public lands bill in late-night vote Warren, Democrats urge Trump to back down from veto threat over changing Confederate-named bases Esper orders ‘After Action Review’ of National Guard’s role in protests MORE. 

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The 7th Congressional District used to be safely red, but courts ordered Virginia to redraw it in 2014. Brat entered the House that year after a surprising GOP primary victory over then-House Majority Leader Eric Cantor.

Bannon, who was ousted from the White House last year, told the Post that he may also campaign for Rep. Scott TaylorScott William TaylorAvenatti held in El Chapo’s old jail cell, lawyers say Vulnerable Democrats feel heat ahead of impeachment vote The Hill’s Morning Report – Sponsored by AdvaMed – Democrats to release articles of impeachment today MORE (R), who faces his own difficult reelection bid against Democrat Elaine Luria in Virginia’s 2nd Congressional District.

Cook also rates that race as a toss-up.

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