How Chuck Robb’s 1981 Election Shaped Virginia Politics (Pod Virginia)

Professor Stephen Farnsworth of the University of Mary Washington discusses the 1981 election of Chuck Robb for Virginia’s Governor–how Robb escaped the legacy of the Byrd Machine and President Johnson’s Great Society, pushing the Democratic message to a more centrist line that would hold for the next several decades.

Dr. Farnsworth’s coauthored chapter on that pivotal election was recently published by the University of Virginia Press in an edited volume, The New Dominion: The Twentieth-Century Elections that Shaped Modern Virginia