Counties and Cities Vote Differently in Governor's Race

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HARRISONBURG, Va. (WHSV)-- It's a historical trend, but why did the majority of counties and cities vote for opposing parties in the governor's race?

According to the Washington Post, only 26 percent of Rockingham County voted for Terry McAuliffe, while 52 percent of Harrisonburg voted Democrat.

Political scientist Dr. Bob Roberts said historically, urban areas vote for Democrats, while counties traditionally vote for Republicans.

He said this is a common trend across the country, but Virginia's division is more apparent.

Part of the vote disparity is also in the demographics, cities tend to be more diverse.

"And the reason for it is demographics. Counties in Virginia are about 90 percent white and McAuliffe only carried 35 percent of the white vote," said Roberts.

He added that Democrats didn't win a single House of Delegate seat, although they had other major wins.

He said the reason behind that also had to do with diversity within the districts.


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