With 53% of the vote, Democrat Ralph Northam easily won the Virginia governor’s race, defeating Republican Ed Gillespie.
While the headlines found on outlets such as NPR and CNN made it appear that Virginia had overwhelmingly gone democrat, a map of the election results paints a different picture.
Most of the state went red–only areas with large amounts of transplants, such as Northern Virginia and Tidewater went blue (Northam lost Accomack, but narrowly held Northampton).
While Northam is from the Shore, he celebrated victory in Northern Virginia. What does this mean for rural Virginia?
Essentially, you no longer have much of a say in anything. All that clout goes to Northern Virginia, which, like bloated roadkill only has to slice open its belly for more democrat voters to come rolling out.
Like a black hole, money will continue to disappear into…who knows what, but be sure, your school district will continue to be screwed by Richmond.
This trend does not apply to just this Commonwealth, but is pretty much happening nationally. However, in national elections, the electoral college provides some protections. For the Virginia Governor’s mansion, popular vote rules and densely populated areas will continue dictate policy. Yes, the General Assembly sets the agenda, but the Governor wields the power.
Rural Virginia, you got nothing…but, at least you live here and not there.
Maybe like Luke said, nothing can be a real cool hand. That be us, a crazy handul of nothin…I guess depending on how you turn it, it can be a beautiful thing.