Wilder Casts a Fresh Eye on Race Factor

When L. Douglas Wilder was campaigning in Virginia in 1989, he went into Election Day convinced that he had done everything he needed to win and become the country’s first elected African American governor. The polls showed him with a double-digit lead, and the post-election exit polls had him winning handily.

He had positioned himself as a law-and-order, fiscally conservative Democrat, and he spent years in the mid-1980s stumping for votes across rural Virginia. And not once, he said, did he feel a voter rejecting him because of his race.

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