Winning over Virginia
Democrat Terry McAuliffe defeated Republican Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli II to become Virginia's 72nd governor. Here is a look at some patterns in the race:
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- Northern Virginia
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McAuliffe’s win was narrower than the wins of the two previous governors. This time, votes for Libertarian Robert Sarvis far exceeded the margin between Democrat and Republican, tightening the race.
About 196,000 more people voted than in 2009, with much of that increase coming from Northern Virginia. Turnout increased by about two percentage points, breaking a 20-year decline for governors races.
Next: How different regions voted
McAuliffe won nine of the 11 counties in Northern Virginia, building a winning margin there of more than 100,000 votes. He also won the Hampton Roads region, home to the state’s other concentration of federal workers.
Next: The effects of urbanization
McAuliffe won only about a third of Virginia’s 133 counties. But in the 15 counties in large urban areas he won by about 230,000 votes. It was a far different pattern than four years earlier, when the large urban areas were a draw, and decisive winning margins came from suburban and smaller urban counties.
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Results from all 2013 Virginia races are available here.
NOTE: Unemployment data from September 2013. SOURCES: AP, U.S. Census, Bureau of Labor Statistics and the State Board of Elections.