Jennifer McClellan makes history with Virginia special congressional election win

Jennifer McClellan.
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Democrat Jennifer McClellan won Tuesday's special election to represent Virginia's 4th Congressional District, The Associated Press, CNN, and NBC News are projecting.

McClellan, a state senator, is now the first Black woman elected to Congress in Virginia. She defeated Republican Leon Benjamin, a pastor and Navy veteran. The seat became open in November, when Rep. Donald McEachin (D-Va.) died at 61 of colorectal cancer.

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