Virginia Election 2018 with Dr. Quentin Kidd and Norman Leahy

Was it because Dave Brat spent too much time in DC? Was Abigail Spangberger everyone’s “every mom”? Was Elaine Luria a great candidate or did Scott Taylor not establish his base? Did Barbara Comstock not “embrace” President Donald Trump?

Republicans lost Virginia big-time (see the map). From six more years of U.S. Sen. Tim Kaine to losing three congressional seats, there’s no sugarcoating that this election represented a shellacking of the current Virginia GOP mindset.

But is Virginia actually turning blue? Is there an opportunity for Republicans to regain a foothold?

Well, you’ll just have to listen!

Dr. Quentin Kidd is Dean, College of Social Sciences and Director of the Judy Ford Wason Center for Public Policy at Christopher Newport University. Follow him on Twitter and check out his website.

Follow Norm on Twitter and read his columns at The Washington Post.

Links of interest:

Trump scorns GOP midterm losers who did not ’embrace’ him (CNBC)
Virginia Dems Are On A Decade-Long Statewide Win Streak, But Tim Kaine Won’t Call The State Blue Just Yet (Jordan Pascale)
2018 U.S. Senate Wave: Shift in partisan performance by precinct compared to 2016 presidential election (VPAP)
Wake-Up Republicans – It’s “Morning in America”, but You Wouldn’t Know It (Hoeft)
Lessons from Virginia’s 7th Congressional District (Leahy)

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