Tuesday, 12 August 2014


Principle article: Politics of Virginia

See additionally: Democratic Party of Virginia, Green Party of Virginia, Independent Greens of Virginia, Libertarian Party of Virginia, Political gathering quality in Virginia and Republican Party of Virginia

Presidential races results[272]

Year republicans democrats

2012 47.28% 1,822,522 51.16% 1,971,820

2008 46.33% 1,725,005 52.63% 1,959,532

2004 53.68% 1,716,959 45.48% 1,454,742

2000 52.47% 1,437,490 44.44% 1,217,290

1996 47.10% 1,138,350 45.15% 1,091,060

1992 44.97% 1,150,517 40.59% 1,038,650

1988 59.74% 1,309,162 39.23% 859,799

1984 62.29% 1,337,078 37.09% 796,250

1980 53.03% 989,609 40.31% 752,174

Over the twentieth century, Virginia moved from a to a great extent rustic, politically Southern and preservationist state to a more urbanized, pluralistic, and politically nature. Up until the 1970s, Virginia was a racially partitioned single-gathering state commanded by the Byrd Organization.[273] The legacy of servitude in the state adequately disfranchised African Americans until after entry of social equality enactment in the mid-1960s.[274] Enfranchisement and migration of different gatherings, particularly Hispanics, have put developing significance on minority voting,[275] while voters that recognize as "white working population" declined by three percent somewhere around 2008 and 2012.[276] Regional contrasts have extensive influence in Virginia politics.[277] Rural southern and western zones moved to backing the Republican Party in light of its "southern procedure", while urban and developing suburban territories, including much of Northern Virginia, structure the Democratic Party base.[278][279] Democratic help likewise holds on in union-affected parts of Southwest Virginia, school towns, for example, Charlottesville and Blacksburg, and the southeastern Black Belt Region.[280]

Political gathering quality in Virginia has moreover been in flux. In the 2007 state races, Democrats recovered control of the State Senate, and limited the Republican larger part in the House of Delegates to eight seats.[281] Yet decisions in 2009 brought about the race of Republican Bob Mcdonnell as Governor by a seventeen point edge, the decision of a Republican Lieutenant Governor and Attorney General, and additionally Republican increases of six seats in the House of Delegates.[282] In 2011, the Republican gathering assumed control in excess of two-thirds (68–32) of the seats in the House of Delegates, and a lion's share of the Senate focused around the Lieutenant Governor Bill Bolling as the tie-breaker.[283] Following the 2013 decisions, Democrat Terry Mcauliffe was chosen Governor by two and half rate points,[284][285] while Democrat Ralph Northam was chosen Lieutenant Governor by very nearly twofold digits.[286][287] Republicans, on the other hand, kept up their super-larger part (68–32) in the House of Delegates.[286][288] State decision seasons customarily begin with the yearly Shad Planking occasion in Wakefield.[289]

In government decisions since 2006, both gatherings have seen victories. Republican Senator George Allen lost close races in 2006, to Democratic newcomer Jim Webb, and again in 2012, to Webb's substitution, previous Governor Tim Kaine.[290] In 2008, Democrats won both United States Senate seats; previous Governor Mark Warner was chosen to supplant resigning Republican John Warner.[291] Voting for Republican hopefuls in the past ten presidential decisions, Democrat Barack Obama conveyed Virginia's thirteen discretionary votes in both the 2008 and 2012 presidential elections.[276] In the 2010 decisions, Republicans won three United States House of Representatives seats from the Democrats. Of the state's eleven seats in the House of Representatives, Republicans hold eight and Democrats hold three. Virginia is viewed as a "swing state" in future presidential elections

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