Virginia’s Changing Politics (Opinion Column, Richmond Times-Dispatch)

By Stephen J. Farnsworth and Stephen Hanna

Virginia was one of the bright spots for Hillary Clinton and the Democrats in Election 2016, and an examination of the party’s gains over time demonstrate just how much the Old Dominion has changed during the past several presidential elections.

The commonwealth’s new voting patterns are obscured by traditional political maps that show a sea of rural Virginia red and patches of Democratic blue in Northern Virginia, Hampton Roads, greater Richmond, and in independent cities likes Charlottesville and Fredericksburg. Fairfax County may not be anywhere near the largest county in terms of geographical size, but it is by far in terms of political size, casting more than twice as many votes as any other Virginia jurisdiction.

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