Shifting South: Why Virginia’s purple takeover could be a blueprint for Georgia Dems

Anita Price, vice-mayor of Roanoke, Va., addresses the media and supporters during a news conference. (Erica Yoon/The Roanoke Times via AP)

Anita Price, vice-mayor of Roanoke, Va., addresses the media and supporters during a news conference. (Erica Yoon/The Roanoke Times via AP)

The scars of the past still run deep in this state that was once home to the capital of the Confederacy. And some of the speakers addressing the crowd of more than 100 at a meet-and-greet sponsored by the Greater Hampton Roads Black Democrats framed the choice in November as one that could affect voters’ future access to the polls.

“Let me tell you what we’ve got to lose: decades of progress if this man gets anywhere near 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue,” said state Sen. Mamie Locke of Trump. The chairwoman of the Virginia Legislative Black Caucus added: “We cannot turn back the hands of time.”

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