Here’s the Background Story:
Virginia has been a Democratic stronghold for a while, but it wasn’t always that way. The state was originally heavily Republican but hasn’t voted for a right-wing candidate since 2004. Could that change in 2020?
Here Are the Contributing Factors:
Recent scandals involving the Virginia Democrats could very well cause a shift, especially if citizens decide enough is enough.
The DMC’s first blow came when Attorney General Mark Herring held a private meeting with black lawmakers. He admitted to wearing blackface in the past and apologized profusely. They didn’t know what to make of it; legislators were in shock after the meeting ended.
More chaos emerged only a few hours after Herring’s admission. Vanessa Tyson publicly claimed that Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax sexually assaulted her; according to her testimony, it happened nearly 15 years ago. Tyson’s accusation could not have been unearthed at a worse time with 2020 on the horizon.
It all started with Gov. Ralph Northam’s yearbook photo of him wearing blackface. While unacceptable today, times were different back then. Most of us would never do such a thing today, but whether he should be punished for something that happened in his teens? That depends on who you ask.
Northam is unlikely to get impeached for the older photo; he has three years left in his term as governor. It’s also worth noting that both he and Herring (who was also pictured in blackface in his teens) haven’t clarified the circumstances or explained why they presented themselves in this manner. Both parties do claim it wasn’t out of racism.
This Is What Other People Think:
Poll: Have Democrats Lost Virginia for 2020?
93% Voted Yes
7% Voted No
What Do You Think?
The DMC has a lot of problems on their hands right now. Are these recent developments enough to turn Virginia into a red state once more? The possibility is certainly there – but it’s hard to say for sure just yet. Regardless, Virginia will be the state to watch for in 2020.