Virginia: The Swing State?
Virginia was the site of an Obama victory in 2008 with 53 percent of the vote and it was also the site Romney introduced Congressman Paul Ryan as his running mate. The question remains: is Virginia actually a swing state? Republicans won Virginia in 2000 and 2004, but the Democrats won in 2008. Virginia has two Democratic senators, Mark R. Warner and Jim Webb. However, Virginia has two Democratic representatives and eight Republican representatives.
I asked Goldberg the following two questions: why is each of the following states [Virginia, Ohio, Indiana, Wisconsin, Florida, and Nevada] important to President Obama’s re-election effort and former Massachusetts Gov. Romney’s election effort? Do you believe any of these states will make or break either of the candidates?
Goldberg responded, “Obama won by 7 points in 2008 and needs this as part of his overall electoral math strategy. This is a newer battleground state and reflects changing demographics particularly in the Northeast part of the state near DC where a lot of government workers live. Remember, Republicans are for smaller government which would mean job cuts.”
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