WATCH: Republican Va. rep targeted by Dems, Trump backers

LOUDOUN COUNTY, Va. — Rep. Barbara Comstock (R-Va.) faces attacks from both sides of the aisle in her 10th District reelection bid, which prognosticators recently moved to a "toss up."

The Hill spoke with a number of Donald Trump supporters in Leesburg, Va., who say they won't vote for Comstock after she demanded that the GOP presidential nominee step aside following the release of a 2005 video in which he makes lewd comments about women.


Many refused to speak on camera for "fear of backlash." But business owner David Baxter said he will "definitely not" vote for Comstock because "she made a political choice based on the way northern Virginia has moved to the left."

Comstock walks a fine line in a district where Trump is very unpopular, according to Loudoun Times-Mirror Editor Trevor Baratko, who points to recent statewide polling that shows Trump has a double-digit deficit in northern Virginia.

"I'm not saying she won't win ... or won't pull it out, but I think it's going to be way more difficult than they anticipated," said Baratko, who has covered district politics since before the 2012 election.

Comstock’s opponent, LuAnn Bennett, also sat down for an interview, explaining her strategy to tie the incumbent's policy positions to Trump's. She noted that Trump's inflammatory comments became "an overlay" in the local race because Comstock "continued to sit on the fence and not endorse him but not walk away from him."

The Comstock campaign did not make the congresswoman available for an interview with The Hill.

In a written statement, campaign manager Susan Falconer noted Comstock's support in the district, including "the endorsements of the local papers — The Sun Gazette and The Winchester Star and even The Washington Post."