Virginia Gubernatorial Election, 2013
The marquee race of 2013’s election cycle sees virginia break the political norm of VA Governor’s elections. Traditionally, VA votes for governors opposite of the President’s party. Not this time.
In a narrow victory, former DNC Chairman Terry McAuliffe defeats Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli. There was also a significant third party showing from Robert Sarvis (L).
This was the quintessential “Battle of the Virginias”. McAuliffe carried the urban areas around Washington, Norfolk and Richmond whereas Cuccinelli carried much of the rural parts of Virginia. Turnout in the urban areas, specifically Fairfax County put McAuliffe over the edge
This map is similar to the presidential results of 2012 and a massive flip from the republican tidal wave that swept Bob McDonnell into power in 2009
This has 2016 implications as there is now a Democrat governing one of the premier swing states