Trump stumps in Virginia against Kaine’s vice presidential candidacy (Washington Times)

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Stephen J. Farnsworth, political science professor at the University of Mary Washington, said that over the past 15 years Democrats have lost the most ground in southwest Virginia.

“The Roanoke area is tailor-made for the Trump campaign,” Mr. Farnsworth said. “There are a lot of religious conservatives, there is a lot of economic hardship, and there are a lot of people susceptible to the message that things are not as good as they have been in southwest Virginia.”

It remains to be seen whether there are enough voters from these struggling areas to counterbalance parts of the state that have fared better economically — in particular the Tidewater area, which has a strong military presence, and Northern Virginia, which has benefited from the growth of government jobs under the George W. Bush and Obama administrations.

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