Why some Ethiopian voters in Virginia swung for Youngkin


By Teo Armus/ Washington Post November 14, 2021 Girma Makonnen had long considered himself a loyal Democrat. Since emigrating from Ethiopia and then settling in Northern Virginia more than two decades ago, he donated, phone-banked and door-knocked for a long list of liberal candidates. Except this year, when the 52-year-old voted for Glenn Youngkin — and other Republicans down the ticket. “The Democratic Party right now is the Biden administration, and they blindsided us on foreign policy,” said Makonnen, an engineer who lives in Ashburn. “We were Democrats because we believed in the system. But everybody in the Ethiopian community is


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