LEESBURG, Va. -- Barack Obama made history in Virginia four years ago by capitalizing on a demographic shift in the northern part of the state to become the first Democrat to win the commonwealth in four decades. His victory highlighted what was touted as the Old Dominion’s new politics. Then-Gov. Tim Kaine declared on the day after the election, “Old Virginny is dead!”
But just a year later, Bob McDonnell and a slate of Republicans swept into office, and now voters will decide the rubber match.
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