Abigail Spanberger’s congressional district, two hours outside Washington, has been a hot spot for political movements over the last decade, from the rise of the tea party to the “blue wave.”

Now, in the time of President Joe Biden, temperatures appear to have cooled. Maybe it’s a fleeting calm due to the receding Covid-19 pandemic and the improving economy.

“I’m seeing, gradually, the anxieties tamping down a little bit in the engagement that I’m having with people,” Spanberger, a two-term Democrat, said in a wide-ranging interview at the Urban Farmhouse Market & Café outside Richmond. “And I can’t ascribe that wholly to Biden — it’s also Covid moving in the right direction, and people are starting to get their vaccine.”

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