Presidential jinx in Virginia?

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Larry Sabato notes that for eight consecutive elections -- since 1977 -- Virginia has voted for the gubernatorial nominee of the party opposite to the one controlling the White House.

"Here's the surprise: All the presidents except for Bill Clinton in 1993 and George W. Bush in 2005 had healthy national job-approval numbers, ranging from the mid-50s (several chief executives) to the 80s (George W. Bush after 9/11 in 2001). These moderately-to-strongly positive ratings for the White House party did not stop the opposition party from winning the governorship."

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