The other day, a gentleman wrote a letter to editor of my local newspaper in which he complained about the fact that all of Virginia’s electoral votes in recent presidential elections have been going to Democrats. He said this is not fair to rural and small town Virginians as they are being denied representation by the populous urban areas of Northern Virginia, Richmond, and Hampton Roads, which keep the state “deep blue.” He recommended that the state begin awarding 11 of its 13 electoral votes by congressional district, one to the winner of each.
But then he created a Catch-22 for himself. He said that Virginia should elect a Republican governor who would lead the effort to make this change. But Virginia’s governors, just like its presidential electors, are also chosen on an at-large basis. So if the urban areas are now locking Virginia into choosing a Democratic president, those same parts of the state are also locking Virginia into choosing a Democratic governor. So how can Virginia elect a Republican governor if a Republican presidential candidate can no longer carry the state?