Wednesday, January 01, 2014

Growing Democratic Trending in Virginia

One thing that the 2013 Virginia elections highlighted was the growing ability of Virginia's urban areas to out vote the reactionary, bigoted parts of the state.  As the map above indicates, all of the larger cities in Virginia are now trending strongly for Democrats - Charlottesville and surrounding Albemarle County are likewise trending Democrat.  And with most population growth being confined to the urban areas, the long term prospects for the Virginia GOP in statewide races is not promising.  The Virginia GOP's continued prostitution of itself to white supremacists and religious extremists will likely accelerate the trend.  Blue Virginia notes as follows:
Take a look at the vote trend between 2001 and 2013 from Daily Kos. There's a lot of red there, but it's in the most rural, slow-growth parts of the state. All of the major population areas, from Northern Virginia to Richmond to Tidewater, are trending blue. The population growth in the state is heavily concentrated in this urban crescent. Favorable demographic trends and the alienation of moderate suburban voters by the hard-right have combined to turn Virginia into a blue state ... at least statewide in higher turnout elections. 
Will the Virginia GOP get the message?  Probably not since it is increasingly controlled by The Family Foundation and Tea Party lunatics, groups that do not like to accept objective reality.

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