Filed Under:Virginia

Virginia's Many Counties

1860 map showing counties in Virginia and North Carolina. (Source: Library of Congress.)Virginia is the 35th biggest state, yet has the 3rd most counties and independent cities in the country. How did that happen?

Well, at least part of the answer is lies in the Commonwealth’s colonial origins.

Filed Under:DC

D.C.'s Electoral Vote

All the Way with LBJ in 1964 button.It’s Election Day, and hopefully most of you are braving the cold and the lines at your local polling place to make sure your voice is heard. If you cast your ballot for a presidential candidate in the District, you exercised a right that has only been around for 52 years; that’s how long DC residents have had the right to vote in presidential elections, a right granted by the 23rd Amendment.

Filed Under:DC

The Redskins Rule and the Election

Redskins quarterback Sammy Baugh in 1937.Well, the Redskins may have trouble winning football games these days, but they have proven quite effective at predicting presidential elections over the years. Since the team moved to Washington in 1937 there have been 18 presidential elections. In 17 of those, the so-called "Redskins Rule" has held up:

If the Redskins win their last home game before the election, the incumbent's party will win the election and keep the White House. If the Redskins lose, the challenging party's candidate will win the election.

So, what does this mean about this year's election?

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