There was a long time when the way Virginia voted in presidential elections wasn’t debated or wondered about. It was taken for granted.
After going for Lyndon Johnson in 1964, everything changed in Virginia when the national Democratic Party embraced civil rights legislation. Most white segregationists took their racism to the Republican Party or became independents, as did the Byrd family. It was the beginning of the end of the old Byrd Machine in Virginia.
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