“So many people in this election told pollsters they were voting against Trump more than for or against the actual candidates for governor. . . . Make no mistake about it: 2017 is the year of the woman in Virginia politics.” Stephen Farnsworth, a political scientist at the University of Mary Washington.
Young voters and African–Americans turned out at higher rates than previous gubernatorial elections, helping Democrats sweep their Republican opponents in races for governor, lieutenant governor and attorney general, University of Mary Washington political science professor Stephen Farnsworth said.
Up in the outer suburbs of Northern Virginia, Republican candidates’ fliers attacking opponents on immigration and Confederate statue-related issues upset many Republicans already uneasy about Trump, said Stephen Farnsworth, a political scientist at the University of Mary Washington.
“Virginia has changed so rapidly over the past 20 years. It’s gone from a state where no politician would dare to condemn the Confederacy to a state where a suburban district would elect a transgender candidate,” Farnsworth said. “The Old Dominion gives way to a very different New Dominion.”