The GOP convention just ended, and now the Democrats are ready to start their party. A former Virginia congressman explains why northern Virginia is particularly crucial to this election.
The Republican balloon drop in Tampa is barely over, and area Democrats are getting ready for their national convention in charlotte.
Both major parties agree Virginia is one of the few battleground states where this close presidential race will be decided.
On WAMU 88.5 FM Friday, Former Virginia Republican Rep. Tom Davis said northern Virginia voters are key to whether GOP nominee Mitt Romney or President Barack Obama claims the state in November.
“Northern Virginia, a key area for Democrats, cast 28 percent of the vote statewide for the presidential race in the last three presidential elections,” Davis said. “Democrats have gone from breaking even up here to carrying, at last time, by 233,000 votes. Republicans have to put the tourniquet on northern Virginia.”
Northern Virginia is unique, not suffering as much joblessness as other areas and is less socially conservative, Davis said.
“In northern Virginia, just remember, our unemployment is way under the national average,” Davis said. “We have to understand that government bashing is not popular in northern Virginia. We have hundreds of thousands of people who either work directly for the federal government or our federal contractors.”
In the speeded up world of Twitter and instant news, it's the Democrats’ turn in Charlotte to appeal to the nation and those Virginia voters.