Virginia Primary Facts and Figures

Compiled by the U.S. News & World Report library staff.

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Compiled by the U.S. News & World Report library staff

Presidential Primary Winners

Democrats

  • 1988 Jesse Jackson
  • 1992 Bill Clinton (caucus)
  • 1996 Bill Clinton (caucus)
  • 2000 Al Gore
  • 2004 John Kerry

Republicans

  • 1988 George H. W. Bush
  • 1992 George H. W. Bush (caucus)
  • 1996 Bob Dole (caucus)
  • 2000 George W. Bush
  • 2004 uncontested — George W. Bush

Sources:
Associated Press State & Local Wire
Boston Globe
Congressional Quarterly's Guide to U.S. Elections
Virginia State Board of Elections
Washington Post
Washington Times

2008 Election

Voter Registration Information

4,585,828 registered voters as of Jan. 1, 2008

Source: Virginia State Board of Elections

General Election

Winners

  • 1988 George H. W. Bush
  • 1992 George H. W. Bush
  • 1996 Bob Dole
  • 2000 George W. Bush
  • 2004 George W. Bush

Sources: Virginia State Board of Elections, Congressional Quarterly's Guide to U.S. Elections

Exit Poll Demographics

2004 Election

Gender

  • Male:  46%
  • Female:  54%

Race

  • White:  27%
  • African-American:  21%
  • Latino:  3%

Age

  • 18-29:  17%
  • 30-44:  32%
  • 45-59:  32%
  • 60 and older:  19%

Source: CNN

3 Things You Didn't Know About the Virginia Primary

1. Virginia had only two presidential primaries in the 20th century, in 1988 and 2000. The commonwealth also had one in 2004.

2. Current Republican candidate John McCain ran a close race with George W. Bush in the 2000 presidential primary. McCain gained popularity as the primary neared, but Bush won, receiving 59,100 more votes than McCain.

3. Lyndon B. Johnson was the last Democrat to win a Virginia general election, in 1964. Republicans have won since then, with George W. Bush being the most recent winner in 2004.

Sources:
Washington Times
Washington Post
Boston Globe
Congressional Quarterly's Guide to U.S. Elections
Richmond Times-Dispatch