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Eric Cantor teams up with former rival Dave Brat in supporting GOP candidate in former district

Eric Cantor teams up with former rival Dave Brat in supporting GOP candidate in former district

Former House Majority Leader Eric CantorEric Ivan CantorConservative House Republican welcomes Clark as chief of US Chamber Former House GOP leader: Fear of telling 'truth' to voters led to Capitol riot Biden faces tall order in uniting polarized nation MORE (R-Va.) officially threw his support behind Republican Nick Freitas in the race for Virginia's 7th Congressional District, joining with his former rival Rep. Dave Brat (R-Va.) to support the GOP candidate. 

“Nick Freitas has spent his life in service to others and to our nation," Cantor said in a statement released exclusively to The Hill. "I know that Nick will put the people of Central Virginia first as our next representative and I am proud to endorse his candidacy.”

Cantor is slated to join Freitas's general election finance committee, along with Brat, who unseated Cantor in the district's Republican primary in 2014. The development appears to be a show of unity for Freitas. Cantor and his allies long represent the establishment wing of the Republican Party, while Brat raised to prominence as a Tea Party insurgent. 

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Another former Republican congressman from the district, Rep. Tom Bliley (Va.), who represented the district for 20 years before Cantor, is also on the committee. 

Freitas, an Army veteran and member of Virginia's House of Delegates, is challenging freshman Rep. Abigail SpanbergerAbigail Davis SpanbergerDemocrats hesitant to raise taxes amid pandemic What I learned in 19 weeks of working with progressive Democrats The Memo: Ohio Dem says many in party 'can't understand' working-class concerns MORE (D-Va.) in the district.

Spanberger narrowly unseated Brat in 2018, winning just over 50 percent of the vote. The nonpartisan Cook Political Report rates the seat as a "toss-up." Spanberger has raised four times as much as Freitas, according to the Center for Responsive Politics.

Spanberger is one of 30 Democrats who flipped a district in 2018 that was won by President TrumpDonald TrumpNoem touts South Dakota coronavirus response, knocks lockdowns in CPAC speech On The Trail: Cuomo and Newsom — a story of two embattled governors McCarthy: 'I would bet my house' GOP takes back lower chamber in 2022 MORE in 2016.