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Taking the pulse of Culpeper

The BBC's Matt Frei makes his fourth visit to Culpeper, a town in Virginia, to speak to the residents about their views on the issues and the candidates in the dramatic US election.

Main Street in Culpeper
Main Street in Culpeper
About 80 miles south-west of Washington DC, where the Shenandoah mountains crawl along the horizon and where the rich soil of Virginia is soaked with the blood and tears of America's turbulent history, lies Culpeper.

Named after a former English colonial governor, it is 250 years old. It was the first place south of the Mason-Dixon line to get electric street lights.

And its architecture dates back to an era of tobacco and cotton that was affluent without being flashy.

Map locating Culpeper, Virginia
The city of Culpeper, in the county of Culpeper, in the Commonwealth of Virginia - all very evocative names that probably conjure up the conservative values of faith, family and flag.

It's a place that could well tell us something about who will get elected to the White House in November.




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