The key point in every election is illustrated in this particular graphic, VPAP.org. Elections are won or lost on turnout. Democrats lost in Virginia 2021 for many reasons, but in large part because of turnout.
“The scatter plot can be a tough sell for a general audience. Comparing two variables simultaneously can get complicated, leaving folks scratching their heads. But our readers [VaNews from VPAP.org] tell us this risky approach turned out to be the ideal way to illustrate voter turnout on election night last month. The results make it clear that voter participation soared in Republican-leaning localities, which proved key to the GOP sweep of statewide offices.”