Almost one full week later, and the dust is settling in my neck of the woods, and conservatives everywhere are coming to terms with Terry McAuliffe as Governor. (One of my students told me that McAuliffe's nickname is McAwful... but wait, don't forget that Cuccinelli went by the moniker Mr. ABC... Anyone But Cuccinelli.
So how did McAuliffe do it? The wonks over at WaPo can tell us...
The map above focuses only on the counties in VA that flipped from Blue to Red and vice versa, showing that McAuliffe really campaigned hard in the growing urban and suburban regions in the state. Without a good turn out in these areas, it stands to reason that McA wouldn't have won.
I wanted to turn my attention to the Libertarian for a moment, Robert Sarvis. He won 6.55% of the vote, which according to the University of Minnesota's Smart Politics, is the third best Libertarian showing in gubernatorial races ever. While I have harped a lot on the schism in the Republicans, I find that the Libertarians gradual expansion in elections is a rather interesting phenom, as well. At a minimum, they have played the spoiler role in many an election as of late, but perhaps there is something else going on. Afterall, Gary Johnson got about 1% of the vote last time around, which isn't all that bad for a dude who was unknown
Photo via Flickr/Ted Eytan