Patrick is one of House Democrats' top recruits and is running in a district President Obama carried by slim margins in both 2008 and 2012. She has a strong profile for the Tidewater-region district, which is heavily populated with military veterans.
But Rigell will be tough to beat. He's easily won reelection despite the district's lean against other opponents Democrats were bullish on, and has carved out a fairly centrist profile.
The congressman was the only Republican to vote against the House GOP's plan to continue to fund the government while defunding ObamaCare late last week, blasting the plan because it maintained the military cuts included in sequestration.