By Sara Korash-Schiff

Electoral maps show that most of the Commonwealth is solidly Republican, or red. But Democrats, in blue, have managed to win the governor’s mansion three times in the last six elections. Each time, they did it by carrying heavily populated Tidewater and Northern Virginia, and Charlottesville. The growing populations of those areas have become more reliably Democratic in statewide elections. That is changing Virginia from a red to a swing state.

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