So. By exit polling, Ed Gillespie won independents (Virginia is not a state that requires voters to pick a party or go indie).
If I’d have told y’all on Monday evening that Gillespie was going to win independents, you’d be like “Holy shit, Northam is toast.”
So dig: Party ID in Virginia yesterday (again, exit polling so not perfect):
As Chuck Todd just noted, those are Massachusetts-style numbers. And Gillespie barely winning indies, suggests that a lot of those are people like Timex or Strollen here: longtime Republicans who for the moment at hand at least, call themselves independent because they want no part of the Trump Republican party.
I’m not sure exactly what that all means, but it’s interesting as hell. ;)