It’s symbolic that Sen. Creigh Deeds has opened his campaign headquarters in Charlottesville. While Terry McAuliffe has his HQ in McLean (the
city census-designated place whose name I can never manage to pronounce) and Brian Moran has set up in Alexandria, Creigh has chosen to locate his campaign headquarters considerably farther south. Each campaign had to make a decision about where to locate their main office, in part because that location sends a message. You can see pretty clearly what that message is:
McAuliffe and Moran are fighting over the northernmost hundred square miles of Virginia. Deeds is angling for the rest. Now, it’s people who vote, not land; upstate is where the people are at, and I wouldn’t claim otherwise. But the message that McAuliffe and Moran are sending with the locations of their respective headquarters has allowed Deeds to one-up them easily in the 90% of the state that’s closer to Charlottesville than Washington D.C.
Democrats’ political center of gravity in Virginia might be a stone’s throw from Washington D.C., but the state’s is a whole lot farther south.