"Despite his efforts to reach out to black, Hispanic, Asian and other minority groups in his campaign for governor, Robert F. McDonnell's decisive victory Tuesday was largely the result of his overwhelming support among white voters.
According to exit polling, 67 percent of white voters backed the Republican over Democrat R. Creigh Deeds. He got a larger share of the white vote than any Republican in Washington Post exit polls dating to 1994, with the exception of President George W. Bush in 2004.
One in four nonwhite voters statewide went for McDonnell, about average for Republicans in Virginia with the exception of last year's history-making election, when one in five nonwhite residents voted for Republican presidential nominee John McCain.
McDonnell won big in many of the increasingly diverse Washington suburbs. But his scant support from minorities, despite his efforts, suggests a challenge for the GOP as it tries to retain power in a state that is a destination for immigrants" Washpost
The author of this piece seems to assume that "immigrants" to Virginia will be or remain Democrats.
As I have argued previously, American "immigrants" to Virginia in the Washington area self-distribute on the two banks of the Potomac on the basis of a perceived conservative legal, cultural and business environment in Virginia as oppsed to a more Liberal set of attitudes in Maryland and the District of Columbia. That outcome was reflected in the voting of the recent gubernatorial election in Virginia.
The issue of the eventual political "destination" of non US origin immigrants to the Commonwealth of Virginia is a different issue. The supposition that immigrants from abroad somehow are inherently inclined to liberal politics is probably wrong. Latino immigrants are typically anchored firmly to family, church and community. Indian and East Asian immigrants are prominent in our communities as professional people and business owners. The values of these groups converge with the middle of the road moderate conservatism of Virginians generally.
Why should we not think that in a generation the politics of new Virginians from abroad will not be much like that of the 67% of "white" people in Northern Virginia who voted for McDonnell?
Message for the Republican Party – Don't go chasing immigrant votes too hard. They will come to you. Remember who "brought you to the dance." pl
PS Alexandria and Arlington are special cases that I will discuss sometime.