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Destined for 'Cobalt' Blue? Loudoun Politics After Silver Line

Dante Chinni writes about population growth and what may be the new normal for Loudoun County in Politico piece. What do you think?

Will Metro bring more Democrats to Loudoun County. Photo courtesy of WMATA.
Will Metro bring more Democrats to Loudoun County. Photo courtesy of WMATA.
The big story this week has been the handoff of the new Silver Line to Metro — a significant step in the final months before operation, potentially this summer.

A lot of resident focus on what the new train will mean for their commute, but Dante Chinni writes at Politico that, when phase two is completed, the train may be the final tipping point for a solid Democratic Loudoun County.

One of the more interesting numbers Chinni notes is that nine of the top 10 counties with residents leaving for Loudoun County voted for President Obama in 2012.

"That trend is likely to accelerate post-Silver Line and may move the county from light powder blue to a deep shade of cobalt," Chinni says.

Read Chinni's post at Politico: The Politics of the Silver Line

What do you think? Is the Silver Line political? Does a community change its politics with transit access? Tell us in the comments section.
Mark Richard May 31, 2014 at 11:56 AM
Once the Teabags are gone I'll return to voting red again. Metro has nothing to do with it.
TS June 13, 2014 at 02:19 PM
"Teabags," how cute. Did you learn that term at the American Socialist Party rally?

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