Virginia: A study in swing
In 2008, Barack Obama won eight states that had voted for former president George W. Bush in 2004. In six of those, including Virginia, more voters turned out in 2008 than in 2004 — and the Democratic gain closely followed the increase in the number of overall voters. Read related article.
Sources: U.S. Census Bureau; Virginia State Board of Elections; election authorities in Florida, North Carolina, Colorado, Nevada and New Mexico; National Atlas of the United States. By Ted MellnikLaura Stanton and Karen Yourish - The Washington Post.