Virginia’s 73rd House of Delegates District May Be a Bellwether for Political Change - originally posted on Blue Virginia
by Bud Cothern, Ed.D – Retired Superintendent of Goochland County Public Schools and former specialist at the Virginia Department of Education.
Virginia’s 73rd House of Delegates district, a battleground area, is comprised of 22 precincts right in the heart of Henrico County. John O’Bannon, a neurologist, has held his seat comfortably since 2000, when then-Delegate Eric Cantor ran for – and was elected to – Congress. O’Bannon was uncontested in his last race, receiving 12,514 votes out of nearly 48,000 active registered voters in the district. I highly recommend you read Donald Braden’s excellent analysis on the potentially competitive nature of this race.
Also worth noting is that Hillary Clinton carried the 73rd district in November 2016 by a 50.6%-42.7% margin over Donald Trump, so there may certainly be an opportunity to flip this district to blue. Will the intensity of dissatisfaction with Donald Trump propel a Democrat into this seat? Only time will tell, but one key is making sure we have a strong nominee.