From Sunday’s Washington Post, this story about how last week’s election seemed to narrow the great divide in Virginia. Here’s a taste:
It created quite a stir this fall when an adviser to John McCain made a distinction between Northern Virginia and "the real Virginia." But she wasn’t mocking. She was expressing faith that the Arizona senator would carry the state, as every GOP presidential hopeful has since 1964, on the strength of his appeal in the rural reaches.
But on Election Day, the Virginia that prevailed was the one carved into cul-de-sacs, office parks and six-lane highways.
Barack Obama’s victory was rooted not only in the blue-hued suburbs of close-in Northern Virginia, but also in Loudoun and Prince William counties, Richmond and its typically Republican-leaning outskirts, the heavily populated and racially diverse area of Hampton Roads that is home to both parties’ core constituencies, traditionally black enclaves and college towns such as Charlottesville.