Map showing the voting in yesterday's Virginia governor's race, won handily by Democrat Ralph Northam. This is an interesting race for several reasons. First, the two men were very similar both in their backgrounds and their policies; my father, a former lobbyist in Richmond and an old hand at state politics, was encouraged that in this year of outrageous national politics Virginia's parties had both nominated serious, experienced men, and he suggested that it really didn't matter much for the state who won. Neither ran a very exciting campaign or committed any terrible blunders; neither had much charisma. Most of the excitement was over issue ads run by outside groups, like one from the Latino Victory Fund that showed a pickup truck flying a Confederate flag running down non-white children. The Republicans tried to shake things up in the last month running ads focusing on immigrant gangs, and promising to defend Confederate statues, but they don't seem to have moved the needle at all. So the voting was really about the party, and the national background.
I read somewhere that Hillary won the counties representing more than 80 percent of the US economy; where people are thriving, Trump's rhetoric falls short. But it resonates in a big way with people resentful of the whole direction the country is taking.