SOURCE: Government of Virginia and Associated Press.
The story of the governor's race is written in the margins
Huge wins in large urban area counties powered recent Democratic wins in the Virginia governor’s race, while suburbs contributed the most to the Republican win in 2009. The pattern is displayed below in groups of counties, which are sized and shaded according to the winning margin. See full results.
Democrat Terry McAuliffe won by 54,870 votes. Although the race was close overall, McAuliffe won margins in the state's major urban areas that recalled the big wins of President Obama’s two Virginia victories.
Republican Robert F. McDonnell won by 344,701 votes. McDonnell won big across the state’s suburban and rural areas, and managed to tamp down the Democrats’ historic advantage in larger cities.
Democrat Timothy M. Kaine won by 113,615 votes. Kaine pioneered wins in Republican strongholds such as Loudoun and Prince William, which have since become bellwethers of the state overall.