GOP not ascendant in Northern Virginia
By Lee Hockstader
Let’s talk about Northern Virginia and the rest of Virginia in Tuesday’s statewide election results.
The rest of Virginia went strongly for the Republican slate. NoVa didn’t. Gov.-Elect Bob McDonnell trounced Creigh Deeds statewide but eked out a win by less than a single percentage point in Northern Virginia. Lt. Gov. Bill Bolling and Attorney General-Elect Ken Cuccinelli (a Fairfax native!) rolled statewide; both got trounced in the north.
Here’s a very rough, back-of-the envelope run-down of how the three races came out in Northern Virginia’s main jurisdictions -- and here I’m including Arlington, Fairfax, Loudoun and Prince William counties, plus the Fairfax and Falls Church cities. (Sorry, Stafford et. al. -- very busy day here.)
Moral of the story: The GOP swept the state thanks to a mix of factors. But they didn’t close the deal in the one region that sustains all the others (in terms of redistribution of tax revenues) by dint of its economic dynamism, schools, high levels of education and the national and global reach of its businesses.
| November 5, 2009; 1:01 PM ET
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