Liberal Cities Surrounded by Conservative Counties

By: Amelia Nahmias Email
By: Amelia Nahmias Email

SHENANDOAH VALLEY, Va -- A story we brought to you last month, discussed that Harrisonburg and Staunton were two of 106 swing voting communities in the country. That proved to be true in this election.

Mitt Romney won the races in Augusta, Rockingham and Page counties, but the majority of voters in Harrisonburg and Staunton voted for President Barack Obama.

Dr. Bob Roberts, a political science professor from James Madison University, said candidates win statewide races by sticking to their core, whether it be rural or urban, and then fighting it out in the suburbs.That is what we saw in this election with Romney campaigning in the more rural county areas.

Roberts said President Obama did most of his campaigning in urban areas because that was where most of his potential supporters live.

"People who live in cities are less concerned with families,” said Dr. Roberts. “They're younger aged individuals. They're much more diverse. Lifestyle, you're going to find gay individuals much more comfortable living in cities, than in counties, because they're more accepted. So, history of urban America is, urban Americas are big melting pots and the suburban areas have not been."

The same thing happened in 2008, with the majority of Harrisonburg and Staunton voting for President Obama.

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