Ro Khanna, a Democratic candidate for a congressional seat in California, is seen in this handout picture taken in Cleveland, Ohio on August 28, 2015.  REUTERS/Craig Paulson Photography/Handout via Reuters

Democrats won big last week in prosperous parts of Virginia, but continued to lose huge in struggling areas in Appalachia.
The party needs a message for how these communities can be included in economic progress.
Encouraging tech firms to look for non-traditional locations is one way to bridge the gap.

Last week, Virginia sent a message to this President that America rejects a politics of division and hatred. In fact, at the statewide level Trump has done what Krystal never could have imagined growing up in rural Virginia. He’s solidified Virginia as a blue state!

Yet as we dig deeper into last week’s results, the electoral split mirrors 2016. It’s big metro areas versus small towns. College educated versus high school. The places where the wealth and talent are being sucked out versus the places where the wealth and talent are piling up.

Yes, Governor-elect Ralph Northam won in an impressive nine-point landslide. But if you exclude the prosperous Washington suburbs in Northern Virginia, the results look quite different: a three-point advantage for Northam’s Republican opponent, Ed Gillespie.

Even more shocking, for the first time in modern history, the Democratic candidate for Governor in Virginia did not win a single precinct west of Radford, …read more

Source:: Businessinsider – Politics

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