Democratic candidates show signs of life in the reliably red Fredericksburg region (Free Lance-Star)

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.

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Danica Roem of Virginia to be first openly transgender person elected, seated in a U.S. statehouse (Washington Post)

Stephen J. Farnsworth, a political-science professor at the University of Mary Washington in Fredericksburg, said Roem’s victory shows “that cultural wars don’t win elections like they used to.”

“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.”

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