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OpEd: Rob Wittman is Responsible for Losing 1st District Jobs and Endangering...

From 2018 VA01 Democratic nominee Vangie Williams: OpEd: Rob Wittman is Responsible for Losing 1st District Jobs and Endangering Military Readiness Last night, Senator Mark Warner released...

Black Women Will Save the Country – and We’re Going to...

By Kellen Squire One of the biggest "upsets" of the Virginia June primaries was over in "America's First District"- the First 1st Congressional District. Running...

New Virginia Poll: Big “Blue Wave” Forming for November Elections; Dem...

See below for highlights and a press release from the Wason Center for Public Policy at CNU. Virginia voters disapprove of Congressional Republicans by...

Endorsing a Candidate for Virginia’s 1st Congressional District: My Choice is...

by Tom Hicks, a resident of Montpelier, VA and a former Democratic Candidate for Congress in Virginia’s 1st Congressional District. Earlier this week, the Blue Virginia...

One Democrat (Tom Hicks) Drops Out of VA-01 Race, Endorses Another...

I missed this the other day, but one Democratic candidate in VA-01 (Tom Hicks) has dropped out and endorsed another candidate, John Suddarth (see press release...

Redistricting: Where We’ve Been, Where We Are, and Where We’re Going

Lowell already brought to our attention the good news that the courts handed the Republicans a defeat in the first round of what may prove to be a long legal fight over redistricting in Virginia. I am no legal scholar, but I was excited by the news that the judge dismissed the Republican argument that "shall" doesn't really mean "shall" and found that the group of Virginia citizens had standing for the lawsuit to move forward. But Governor McDonnell is moving forward with the same incumbent protection plan that the House Republicans (with a few unfortunate Democratic allies) pushed through last year in 2011. With redistricting still a big question mark moving forward, just months away from the November election, I wanted to take some time to sort through the entire mess. Where we've been, where we are, and where we're going.

Where We've Been
Going back over a decade ago, Virginia Republicans in 2001 had the "privilege" of controlling redistricting for the first time in the modern era. They leveraged this advantage into pressuring Virgil Goode, already a Democrat-In-Name-Only who had voted to impeach President Clinton, to officially leave the party and begin to caucus with the GOP. They also worked to shore up newly elected Congressman Randy Forbes in the 4th, who had won a special election by a very close margin.

Below, I've calculated the partisan lean of the post-2000 census drawn district based on the 2000 Presidential numbers relative to the national average. So a R +6 district is one in which George W. Bush ran 6 points ahead of his national showing (47.87%, or rounded to 48%), which as we all know was less than Al Gore's popular vote national...