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But the district, which stretches from the state capital up to the Shenandoah River, was made more Republican during the last round of redistricting, putting Mr. Brat in a good position to head to Capitol Hill come January. Mitt Romney won the district handily in the 2012 election.

Indeed, Rep. Steve Israel of New York, who chairs the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, wouldn’t commit Wednesday to spending resources in the district, even in the wake of the monumental win.

“We’re making a clear-eyed decision and accessing our strategic actions today,” he said on MSNBC.