November 10, 2008 at 3:07 pm #60951
[QUOTE=AntonLargiader]According to the Republicans we are actually in ‘real Virginia’. ;)[/QUOTE]
You are apparently in the “new” Virginia. It looks like Charlottesville alone is going to defeat my favorite congressman. I voted for Virgil as a democrat (“because my daddy was a democrat”) when I lived in Lynchburg. He survived as an Independent and it looks like he is going to lose as a Republican. I liked the way he voted and his independence regardless of his party. It looks like the Charlottesville area and Northern Virginia are going to define Virginia in the future. Like Governor Kaine said “the old Virginia is dead”.November 10, 2008 at 3:07 pm #60952
[QUOTE=osbornk »]It looks like Charlottesville alone is going to defeat my favorite congressman.[/QUOTE]
It was so close, Danville alone or Martinsville alone could be credited as well. Even a few rural counties went for Tom. Halifax, PE, Brunswick; if they had voted the other way Virgil would have won. [URL=”https://www.voterinfo.sbe.virginia.gov/election/DATA/2008/07261AFC-9ED3-410F-B07D-84D014AB2C6B/Unofficial/6_s.shtml”%5DLink%5B/URL%5D.November 10, 2008 at 3:07 pm #60954
[QUOTE=AntonLargiader »]It was so close, Danville alone or Martinsville alone could be credited as well. Even a few rural counties went for Tom. Halifax, PE, Brunswick; if they had voted the other way Virgil would have won. [URL=”https://www.voterinfo.sbe.virginia.gov/election/DATA/2008/07261AFC-9ED3-410F-B07D-84D014AB2C6B/Unofficial/6_s.shtml”%5DLink%5B/URL%5D.%5B/QUOTE%5D
But Charlottesville went almost 81% vs 58% for Danville and 61% for Martinsville for Tom. Also, Charlottesville had almost as many people voting for Tom as Danville and Martinsville combined.November 10, 2008 at 3:07 pm #60955
Definitely true; I was just clarifying that C-ville alone wasn’t voting him out. The fifth district followed a familiar pattern of going blue in the cities and red in most rural areas. C-ville was heavily blue with a lot of voters, but was essentially neutralized by counties that were heavily red. With a final margin of less than 800 votes (out of over 300,000 total) there are a lot of places, cities and counties, that could have tipped the scale for Virgil without straying too far from 50/50.
So, is “new Virginia” any place that voted over 50% for Tom, or just those over 60%, or just the one that was 80%? 🙂 Virgil got more than 60% in several counties.November 10, 2008 at 3:07 pm #60956
I suspect “old Virginia” is gone forever due to the influx of people from elsewhere that came from more liberal states and from foreign countries. I think the county I lived in (Campbell) when I lived there went 68% for Virgil. With Virgil losing, I can now say that there is nobody in government at any level from the County Board of Supervisors to President of the United States that I voted for.
When I lived in Prince William County (Northern Virginia) in the 70s, many of my neighbors had come to the area from West Virginia. Last time I was there, the entire neighborhood was Hispanic. The house I sold in 1978 for $48,625 sold in September 07 for $455,000. It went to forclosure about 6 months ago and was priced at $190,000. Two weeks ago, the identical house across the street was for sale for $119,900. I read that Woodbridge was the 5th worst hit community in the USA for foreclosures. I think it was because Prince William County decided to report all illegal aliens arrested were going to be reported to the INS. It appears that the illegals and their families fled the county for safer places and abandoned their houses.November 10, 2008 at 3:07 pm #60970MdRTSpectator
Virginia is having political disconnects that parallel what we experience every election in Maryland. Our state has 23 counties and 1 independent city. In a typical election, 20 counties go for one party (guess which one?). One county (Howard) is typically 50-50. Two counties (Montgomery, where I live, and Prince George’s) and the independent city of Baltimore go for the other party (guess which one?). Every election the only real issue in doubt is whether the underdog party will win by big enough margins in the 19 counties to overcome the population advantages in the two counties and Balto.November 10, 2008 at 3:07 pm #58703
According to the Republicans we are actually in ‘real Virginia’. 😉
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