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How did deep red Virginia turn to a blue Democratic state?

This is weird, Republicans always relied on Virginia in presidential elections until Obama won it in 2008 ending nearly 35 years of Republican dominance in the state of Virginia. Now you see Virginia voting for Democrats for governor, senators, and presidential elections! Why is this?! I go down to Virginia from Indiana and I see Republican influence there a lot. How did this change? This might explain why some blue states like MI are turning red and how some deep red states like Georgia and Texas are sliding more towards purple in recent years.

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  • lare
    Lv 7
    3 years ago
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    Georgia and South Carolina are close on the heels of Virginia in going Democratic Party. The GOP remains in control only because of extreme Gerrymandering. If the Supreme Court outlaws that, you will see a lot of Republicans losing seats in Congress.

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  • Anonymous
    3 years ago

    huh

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  • Anonymous
    3 years ago

    The demographics changed. Republicans get almost all their support from white people and Virginia, like many states, is getting less white. The black population has grown in the 21st century as has the, still small, Hispanic population. There's also been an increase in more liberal whites, particularly from people moving into the state from outside. This is particularly evident in the Washington DC suburbs, which has seen large population growth in recent decades. The white people who live here are often more educated, come from more liberal parts of the country, and have livelihoods connected in some way to the federal government, which makes them less susceptible to small government appeals.

    Virginia is still divided politically, but Democrats have enough of an edge to have narrowly won three presidential elections in a row and all statewide races in the last decade.

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  • 3 years ago

    Maybe it is that very gerrymandering you blame every blue state that turns red on.

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  • Jeff D
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    3 years ago

    It's more purple than blue. Virginia, like much of the South, was deep blue for more than a century after the civil war. The state turned Republican in the 80s, but northern Virginia has become a suburb of Washington D.C., the most liberal area in the country. Since 2008, Virginia has been a purple state with control of state government switching between both parties.

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  • 3 years ago

    Virginia has had an influx of liberals from D.C.

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  • Anonymous
    3 years ago

    Probably got tired of white american nationalist republicans giving them a bad name?

    Source(s): If youre from Indiana, its understandable you wouldnt understand. Because there are kkk marches that go on in your state and its socially accepted.
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  • 3 years ago

    Trump ran

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