Informed Voter Essay

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Running head: BECOMING AN INFORMED VOTER Becoming an Informed Voter Govt 220 Becoming an Informed Voter The Fifth District is the largest district in the state of Virginia (, n.d.). The fifth district covers 10,181.03 miles and includes the following counties: Greene, Campbell, Bedford, Albemarle, Nelson, Fluvanna, Buckingham, Cumberland, Appomattox, Prince Edward, Charlotte, Lunenburg, Franklin, Henry, Pittsylvania, Halifax, Mecklenburg, and Brunswick(). In the past the fifth district consisted of both liberal and conservative voters (Barone, McCutheon, Trende, Kraushaar, 2013, p. 1734). Although the fifth district was not completely liberal or conservative; it was still the last area in Virginia to elect a republican into Congress (Barone et al., p. 1734). However over time the fifth district slightly shifted from being a population of conservative and liberal voters; to more conservative. The change in the voting pattern of the fifth district is evident in the presidential elections of 2008 and 2012. During the presidential elections in 2008 fifty-one percent of voters in the fifth district voted for Republican candidate John McCain, while democrat candidate Barrack Obama received forty-six percent of votes(Barone et al., p. 1734). An during the presidential elections of 2012 Republican candidate Mitt Romney received fifty-three percent of the votes in the fifth district, while democrat Barrack Obama received forty-six percent of the vote (Barone et al., p. 1734). In the congressional elections of 2010 and 2012 the fifth district also voted republican. In 2010 republican candidate Robert Hurt received fifty-one percent of the vote, beating democrat candidate Tom Perillo whom received forty-seven percent of the votes (Barone et al., p. 1733). During the 2012 elections Robert Hurt received fifty-five percent of the vote while democrat

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