In small town America, voters want change

A dog is tied up outside the polling station as its owner votes on November 4, 2014 in Alexandria, Virginia, shortly after the polls opened for the midterm US electionsDeep in the postcard-perfect Shenandoah Valley, just over an hour’s drive from Washington, the autumn leaves are ablaze with color, and Virginia voters are hankering for change. “And it doesn’t seem to be working out too good,” added the 49-year-old former Marine and lifelong Republican. Across the United States, Republicans looked poised to profit from President Barack Obama’s troubles as the nation elects a new crop of senators and representatives. Virginia’s 10th Congressional District — which includes Berryville, a bucolic town of clapboard Victorian houses and quaint shops — traditionally leans conservative.

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