In this capital of Virginia, which is replete with memories of some of the darkest chapters in America’s struggles for racial equality, the people are dreading the “Wilder effect” on November 4.
Douglas Wilder was elected governor of Virginia in 1989, the first black man to become governor of a state in the US. He is now mayor of Richmond.
Wilder, grandson of slaves, was a popular lieutenant governor in Virginia, when he contested for the state’s top job and exit polls on election day predicted a landslide victory for him. But when the counting of votes began, there were surprises from all over this large southern state.