ARLINGTON, Va. (WNEW) — The balance of power in the U.S. House of Representatives is tipping mightily toward Republicans, and while it’s leaving that way in the 10th District of Northern Virginia, a wide open seat is not necessarily considered a slam dunk.

“It was always said that this was Frank Wolf’s district for life,” says George Mason University’s Dean of the School of Policy Mark Rozell.

But after 30 years, 10th District Congressman Republican Frank Wolf is retiring, opening up the seat for a real race between Republican Barbara Comstock and Democrat John Foust.

“I think the race probably leans slightly Republican,” Rozell says.

Comstock serves in the Virginia House of Delegates.

“It’s very important for our national security that we stop the sequester cuts,” Comstock said.

Foust serves on the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors.

“I believe our children should have the same opportunities to live the American dream that I’ve had,” Foust said.

Both say they are driven by the American dream.

“I want to restore the American dream…get our economy turned around,” Comstock said.

As far as how they view each other, the similarities end there.

“Barbara Comstock is afraid to appear in public and defend the outrageous extreme right hyper-partisan position,” Foust said. “She spent her career tearing down people with personal attacks. She’s even been called a professional ‘Clinton hater’ for all the efforts she did to destroy the Clintons.”

“We need to have a strong advocate who doesn’t need to have on-the-job training,” Comstock said. “My opponent has not put forward a plan of what he wants to do. He’s spent most of his campaign attacking me.”

Rozell says Foust has little choice against Comstock.

“Candidate Foust has to go negative because he’s running against somebody who is an incumbent politician who has proven her electibilty who is much better known coming into this race,” Rozell say. “He has to take that name brand down a little bit in order to convince many people that they should rethink their position about her candidacy and consider an alternative.”

In this case it’s a Democrat, which hasn’t been elected in the 10th Congressional District for more than three decades.

“An open seat is always the hardest to predict,” Rozell says. “Especially when it’s a competitive district such as this one is.”

It’s considered to be a seat that could break either way.

WNEW’s Kimberly Suiters contributed to this report. Follow her and WNEW on Twitter.



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