Obama Leads in Virginia
Virginia is one of those so-called battleground states that both Republican John McCain and Democrat Barack Obama need to win the presidency. A new Washington Post poll gives Obama an eight-point lead eight days before the election, as Jon Cohen and Tim Craig report.
The comments of our readers have changed tone significantly in the past three weeks as more and more polls have shown Obama with a strong lead. That continues with this story: More of the comments seem to be coming from Obama supporters than McCain backers. Some of the McCain-supporting comments have taken on a distinct racial tone.
Cohen and Craig wrote that in Virginia, Obama is "drawing almost universal support from African Americans and self-identified Democrats, and he has also made major inroads with white voters..."
While Democrats who comment are rejoicing, some also express concern -- particularly about voting procedures and the danger that somehow the GOP will find a way to mess with the real results.
We'll start with Itd345, who wrote, "Please re-calculate the results without Northern Virginia. They are not a part of Real Virginia. Sincerely, The McCain-Palin Campaign."
And tarheeler said, "I'd just like someone to define "the real Virginia."... I've lived off and on in Va for almost 25 years, and I've noticed that "real" Virginians tend to be loyal to the Commonwealth of VA, not a political party... my children are clearly "real" Virginians... The oldest is a very happy-to-be Obama volunteer."
millerroberta wrote, "I am confident that Virginia will vote Republican. The northern Virginia suburbs are apparently polling heavily for Obama, but the vast expanse of Virginia is still Republican country..."
But VirginiaGal2 said, "Millerroberta, you keep thinking that. I live in a rural part of central Virginia, and I'm originally from Southwest Virginia (the rural mountainous part of the state.) I'm pro-Obama, so is my husband, so is my whole family. Obama is going to do better here than you expect. Woo-hoo!!!!"
And wmboyd wrote, "I drove route 29 from Fairfax to Danville a week ago and it sure was surprising to see all the Obama signs along the way. There were some McCain/Palin signs as well..., but the Obama signs were in strings of front yards in virtually every small town on that circuit. Obama's 8 point lead is not coming strictly from Northern Virginia, Richmond, Charlottsville, and the like. It's also in places with populations less than 3000."
bamccampbell worried that "It's the vote machines that are of greatest concern - manufactured by a Republican corporation with no paper trail. Let's hope and pray that comprehensive exit polling will uncover any vote-rigging."
And eaglechik advised "fellow Obama supporters... to vote early if you can, show up in force and don't be complacent. After seeing McCain on MTP yesterday with that smug crap eating grin on his facing saying how he doesn't agree with the polls, I wouldn't put anything past the GOP..."
dsrobins said, "Remember that lots of people in Virginia work for the government, particularly in Northern Virginia. Therefore, they enjoy the advantage of having seen Bush administration and Republican corruption up close. Be assured they are even sicker of it than the rest of us in America are. That is why Senator Obama will win the election..."
grant5 said, "Voters trust Obama more on the economy, taxes, healthcare and Iraq, so what does McCain do? Instead of addressing these issues, he attacks Obama's character with weak accusations. How pathetic. If the Democrats sweep Virginia (for President, Senate, and my local Congressional race), I'll finally not be embarrassed to be living here."
Scruffy1970 asked, "Ok, just how many voters did Wapo ask and were they Black or White and Dimwit or Republcan? I bet they were mostly Black Demorats."
jboykin said, "It's amazing. First the moderates left the party, then over the last two weeks comments sections of articles were filled with the conspircay theory nuts. The problem of course is all they had were alllegations, no facts. They seem to be disappearing too.
Now we're down to the racists..."
nalemu wrote, "...In this election, it is sad indeed to see the party of Regan losing the middle class and the pragmatists that assured victory for Republicans for more than twenty five years. Coming November 5 the RNC is in for a rude awakening."
ripley8 said, "People , don't let the whining cons fool you. the stonger and more united we are the more honor we bring back to America that the last 8 years under Bush has destroyed.... We want change. McCain isn't change..."
tknewell wrote, "You renege in public financing and spend more than one half billion dollars on a campaign and you can win anything you want. Money talks; but, all you fools out there wait until 2002 and see how you like having a radical for your President..."
We'll close with this exchange between two of our regulars:
DwightHCollins wrote, "wait until you find out what your vote will get you in the years to come...I hope you own a home, cars, 401k's, the kind of wealth obama want to share with everyone, including me..."
And lindakinne responded, "Dwight, my dear, I own all three, and not one of them is something Obama wants me to share with you. However, if you need financial support to get through tough times ahead, I'm more than willing to pay taxes on our less-than-$250,000 income to help you out..."
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