Barack Obama was the first Democrat since 1964 to carry Virginia when he won the presidential election four years ago. A repeat performance on Nov. 6 looks less likely after the commonwealth elected a Republican governor,lieutenant governor and attorney general in 2009.
Political,demographic and economic experts all agree that Loudoun County – one of the wealthiest and fastest growing counties in the country – is an electoral bellwether for the state. Following the state trend,the county last year replaced a board of supervisors split among five Democrats,two Republicans and two independents with nine Republicans.
SHFWire reporters have produced a portrait of Loudoun,an exurb 40 miles from the White House,in stories,videos,slideshows and graphics as part of a series of stories that will focus on the 2012 elections in Pennsylvania and Virginia,both battleground states.
The package of stories is illustrated with graphics produced by Jessica Sabbah.
Robin Siteneski wrote about the dramatic demographic changes in Loudoun County and its county seat,Leesburg.