John McCain’s Conservative Problem
the more conservative areas of the state. McCain won the larger cities
and urban counties that traditionally lean more towards Democratic
candidates. Even though McCain won a big victory8 he still did not do
well in traditionally Republican areas.
voted Republican in every presidential election since 1952. However,
this year may be the year that Virginia turns blue. Consider this: the
last two governors of Virginia have been Democrats (Mark Warner and
current governor Tim Kaine). The last time Virginia elected a senator
they picked Democrat Jim Webb over incumbent Republican George Allen.
This year, long-time Republican senator John Warner (a RINO in every
sense of the term, by the way) will retire and the aforementioned Mark
Warner is a heavy favorite to win his seat over former Republican
governor and one-time presidential candidate Jim Gilmore.
Republican base behind him, he’ll have a hard time winning Virginia. If
he cannot win Virginia, he won’t be able to win the White House no
matter who the Democrats decide to nominate.
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