The Rising American Electorate: Results from Post-Election Research in New Jersey and Virginia

Saturday, November 7th, 2009

On November 3, 2009, Democrats lost the governor’s mansion in two states that Barack Obama won in 2008, New Jersey and Virginia. While it is not unusual for the party in power to lose elections in the off-year, the scale of the losses feels dramatic given the surge of new, progressive voters that came into the electorate in 2008.