By Stephen J. Farnsworth and Stephen Hanna
Within Democrat Hillary Clinton’s victory in swing-state Virginia last month lies the opportunity for a possible Republican renaissance in statewide elections next November.
Turning first to the bad news for Virginia Republicans, the party’s deepest troubles lie in the state’s two biggest electoral jurisdictions, which are getting more Democratic every election cycle. More than 550,000 votes were cast in November in Fairfax County, the state’s most populous jurisdiction, and Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump only received 29 percent of them. Four years earlier, Mitt Romney received 39.5 percent of the vote in Fairfax.