Magazine July 30, 2018, Issue

Battle of the Chesapeake

Corey Stewart, chairman of the Prince William County Board of Supervisors, speaks in front of a vacant lot in a development in Gainesville, Virginia, March 26, 2009. (Kevin Lamarque/Reuters)
Virginia ‘is turning blue, and the Republicans are . . . turning crazy.’

In late June, John Whitbeck, chairman of the Republican party of Virginia since 2015, resigned his post with little explanation. The decision came just weeks after outsider politician Corey Stewart seized the GOP nomination to challenge U.S. senator Tim Kaine in November, and less than a year after the party sustained widespread state-level losses.

For the GOP in Virginia, Whitbeck’s departure was the latest in a string of troubling events that have called into question whether the state — long considered one of the most significant swing states in the country — can remain winnable for Republicans during and after the

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Books, Arts & Manners


Wisconsin Spring

Charles J. Sykes reviews The Fall of Wisconsin: The Conservative Conquest of a Progressive Bastion and the Future of American Politics, by Dan Kaufman.


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