On FNC's 'America's Newsroom,' UVA Center for Politics Director Larry Sabato says Republican candidates must find a way to rally Trump voters without inadvertently energizing Democrats.
LARRY SABATO, UVA: Virginia is certainly becoming bluer. We used to describe Virginia as a purple, competitive state, and I am dropping that. Virginia is now a blue state --a light blue state. California, New York, and New Jersey are deep blue, so let us make that distinction, but look: Here's what happened.
Gillespie did about as well as Trump in percentage terms in rural Virginia -- he kept the Trump vote. He actually got 170,000 more votes than the last Republican candidate for governor.
Here's what won it for Northam. He got 335,000 more votes than Terry McAuliffe got four years ago. Turnout went up, but it was mainly Democratic turnout. They were the ones energize this year, just like the Trump Republicans were last year.