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‘It’s Like a High School Girl Fight’: Talking Politics With Students After Election Day

Are all politics local? The adage fits here in Michael Siraguse’s two AP Government classes, where students are peppering their teacher with post-midterm questions about the city council race—not the so-called “blue wave.”

They’re trying to make sense of election data from the Virginia Department of Elections from the governor’s race on down, handily pulled up on Siraguse’s laptop at John Handley High school. This contest in particular catches their attention: In the race for the council’s Fourth Ward seat, Judy McKiernan—the wife of a teacher down the hall from Siraguse—eked out a win by just three votes. And students have a lot of questions about what happens next.