"It has nothing to do with gerrymandering. Nothing could be further from the truth," said Jeff Ryer, communications director for the Virginia Senate Republican Caucus.
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"Quite frankly, Caren Merrick is one of our best candidates, and we're excited about our prospects in that seat. We think that that's likely to be a competitive seat in the fall," Mr. Ryer said. "It definitely bears watching."
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