By Andy Schmookler
On Nov. 6, Virginia’s presidential vote went to the Democratic candidate, Barack Obama, by about 4 percentage points. The commonwealth’s seat in the U.S. Senate went to the Democratic candidate, Tim Kaine, by almost 6 percentage points. At the same time, in the 11 congressional races, all of the incumbents won — eight Republicans and three Democrats.
Does that mean huge numbers of Virginians split their votes?
Schmookler, formerly a candidate for Congress, is author of “The Parable of the Tribes: The Problem of Power in Social Evolution.” He lives in Shenandoah County.