Clinton’s selection of former Virginia governor Tim Kaine as her running mate “is probably going to add a couple of points to the Democrats’ margin in Virginia, and that makes it a bit tougher sell for ad buys that would be targeting the most swingy of the swing states,” said Stephen Farnsworth, a professor at the University of Mary Washington.
But don’t touch that dial just yet. Farnsworth sees an opportunity for Trump, who covets Virginia’s 13 electoral votes in his bid to get the 270 necessary to win.
“It’s clear the Trump campaign is making Virginia one of their priorities, and the electoral map suggests they should. It’s pretty hard for a Republican to win the electoral college without Virginia,” he said.