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Rep. Abigail Spanberger (D-Va.) has won re-election in Virginia's competitive 7th Congressional District, AP projects.

Why it matters: Spanberger's razor-thin victory against state Delegate Nick Freitas (R) comes as a relief to Democrats, who did not see the gains they expected in the House and instead netted a loss of four seats, despite taking the White House.

  • Spanberger first flipped the traditionally red district in 2018 when she defeated former Rep. Dave Brat (R), who allied himself closely with President Trump.

The intrigue: Spanberger's win comes days after she tore into her House Democratic colleagues on a caucus call thought to be off the record for what she described as their embrace of unpopular progressive issues like calls to "defund the police" and talk of socialism.

  • "We want to talk about funding social services and ensuring good engagement in community policing, let's talk about what we are for," Spanberger was heard saying in audio of the call obtained by the Washington Post.
  • "And we need to not ever use the words socialist or socialism ever again. Because while people think it doesn't matter, it does matter. And we lost good members because of it."

Go deeper ... James Clyburn: "Defund the police" slogan could hurt Black Lives Matter movement

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Nov 10, 2020 - Politics & Policy

Kevin McCarthy: AOC "runs the floor" for House Democrats

Days after Republicans defied expectations by picking up seats in the House, Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy cited a junior member of Congress — Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y) — as one of the reasons he was able to raise so much money.

Driving the news: "Well, she runs the floor," McCarthy told "Axios on HBO" last night when asked why Republicans respond so vociferously to AOC.

Nov 11, 2020 - Politics & Policy

Jaime Harrison says he'd consider DNC chair if offered the role

South Carolina Democrat Jaime Harrison addresses supporters during a drive-in October rally in North Charleston, South Carolina. Photo: Cameron Pollack/Getty Images

Jaime Harrison is interested in chairing the Democratic National Committee and House Majority Whip Jim Clyburn (D-S.C.) has "confidence" that he can do the role, the South Carolina Democrat told the Washington Post Tuesday.

Why it matters: DNC Chair Tom Perez isn't expected to stay on in the role, and a committee rep noted he said several times previously he'd serve only one term. Clyburn is an influential figure and key ally of President-elect Joe Biden, who can pick a replacement.

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1 hour ago - Economy & Business

New deals in the COVID economy

Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios

COVID-19 is the macro horror of our lifetimes, and has destroyed or severely damaged countless businesses. But, like with most horribles, it also has created some opportunities.

Driving the news: Merck this morning announced an agreement to buy OncoImmune, a Maryland-based biotech that showed promising late-stage clinical results for a therapy that treats severe and critical coronavirus cases.