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Sun Nov 10, 2019, 11:50 AM

How Voters Turned Virginia From Deep Red to Solid Blue: Immigrants voting Dem & more education

How Voters Turned Virginia From Deep Red to Solid Blue
A new kind of suburbanization is sweeping through politics, from Richmond to Atlanta, Houston, Denver and elsewhere, and Democrats are starting to breach Republicans’ firewalls in elections.


2015 on the left, 2019 on the right

Mr. Katkuri’s vote — the first of his life — helped flip a longtime Republican State Senate district and deliver the Virginia statehouse to the Democratic Party for the first time in a generation. It was a stunning political realignment for a southern state, and prompted days of prognosticating about President Trump’s own standing with suburban voters nationally in 2020. But while political leaders come and go, the deeper, more lasting force at work is demographics.

Once the heart of the confederacy, Virginia is now the land of Indian grocery stores, Korean churches and Diwali festivals. The state population has boomed — up by 38 percent since 1990, with the biggest growth in densely settled suburban areas like South Riding. One in 10 people eligible to vote in the state were born outside the United States, up from one in 28 in 1990. It is also significantly less white. In 1990, the census tracts that make up Mr. Katkuri’s Senate district were home to about 35,000 people — 91 percent of them white. Today, its population of 225,000 is just 64 percent white.


it’s not just Virginia. From Atlanta to Houston, this pattern is repeating itself — a new kind of suburbanization that is sweeping through politics. The densely populated inner ring suburbs are turning blue, while the mostly white exurban outer ring is redder than ever. Elections are won and lost along that suburban line, and in some places — like Atlanta, Denver, and Riverside County, Calif. — Democrats have begun to breach Republicans’ firewalls.


Mr. Katkuri always thought he would be a Republican in America.

“Taxes, family values, these things are closer to our hearts,” he said. He likes Mitt Romney.

But when he got his citizenship in March and started talking with his friends about whom to vote for in the first election of his life, he realized it had to be Democrats. Mr. Trump helped him decide.

“The way he speaks, you get the feeling that you are separate,” Mr. Katkuri said. “This is not what we signed up for in America.”


“People are just sick and appalled at this president,” said Dr. Charles Huh, a gastroenterologist, as he waited for takeout at the food court in Lotte Plaza Market, a Korean grocery store. “He’s the best thing Republicans have done for Democrats in a long time.”

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Wellstone ruled Nov 10 #1
Hermit-The-Prog Nov 10 #2

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Sun Nov 10, 2019, 01:32 PM

1. This is the new Reality.

Education wipes out the Republicans as well as the New Immigrant voters. Most Immigrant Families are Family First and will choose Persons to represent them based on will he or she give me the tools to take care of my family.

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Sun Nov 10, 2019, 04:01 PM

2. hope Mr. Katkuri now realizes it's not just Trump

The entire GOP despises democracy, non-white, immigrants, poor, children, women, and, especially, a society that works together to help and protect all.

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