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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..."

All comments on this article are here.

By Doug Feaver  |  October 27, 2008; 7:38 AM ET
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The same old tired Republican argument, taxes, taxes, taxes. What the Republicans have done here and what they always do is, promise tax cuts while they take away your income and jobs. Then when they run their crooked campaigns, they say the Democrats will raise your taxes. Even if you look at their lies about Obama and the other Democrats running, and you believed them on taxes, would you rather pay your fair share and have a good high paying job? help your country rise up and make a good living at the same time? or would you rather see the wealthy get huge tax cuts while you get nothing and lose your job and income at the same time? because that is what the Republicans have done and they -always- do. Here is the real reason why you should be voting for Obama and Democrats from now on, Obama will not only lower your taxes, he will give you 3 times the tax credits McCain has offered and Obama will create jobs and get you your incomes and businesses back too. The Republicans have failed us for many years with this same old tired argument to keep their wealthy friends rich. They sell you tax cuts really meant for their rich friends while they screw you out of your jobs and destroy the economy. STOP VOTING FOR REPUBLICANS, THEY ARE LYING TO YOU. Look at what they actually do, not what they say to you. Look at their record, record unemployment, record deficits, record foreclosure, record bankruptcy and on and on and on, FACT. If you still believe them, you deserve everything they've handed you, and you have no one left to blame but yourself because you keep voting for them.

Posted by: Hillary08 | October 29, 2008 7:01 PM | Report abuse


John McCain is no better than George Bush. Both support disastrous economic and foreign policies:


John McCain is in favor of the Bush tax cut for the already super wealthy, the top 1 percent of America. If you like the Bush economy, if you like the Bush tax cut and what it has done to our economy, making the already wealthiest people wealthier and the average middle and upper-middle classes struggle harder, then John McCain is going to give you a third term of George Bush.


If you like what has happened to oil prices in recent history, the Iraq war, a COSTLY war with no end according to John McCain, John McCain is going to continue that policy. If you like what you see about health care, John McCain has no health care plan = you are on your own.


If you enjoy financial turmoil, banking deregulation and corruption, Keating Five scandals, an unfaithful husband, Enron lobbyists, John McCain will bring that.


Posted by: Dorothy_J1958 | October 28, 2008 3:33 AM | Report abuse


John McCain is no better than George Bush. Both support disastrous economic and foreign policies:


John McCain is in favor of the Bush tax cut for the already super wealthy, the top 1 percent of America. If you like the Bush economy, if you like the Bush tax cut and what it has done to our economy, making the already wealthiest people wealthier and the average middle and upper-middle classes struggle harder, then John McCain is going to give you a third term of George Bush.


If you like what has happened to oil prices in recent history, the Iraq war, a COSTLY war with no end according to John McCain, John McCain is going to continue that policy. If you like what you see about health care, John McCain has no health care plan = you are on your own.


If you enjoy financial turmoil, banking deregulation and corruption, Keating Five scandals, an unfaithful husband, Enron lobbyists, John McCain will bring that.


Posted by: Dorothy_J1958 | October 28, 2008 3:32 AM | Report abuse

VMR1 reflects an opinion I have heard from many people: a total loss of trust in the American electorate. Because the American people have put up with these last catastrophic 8 years with barely a whimper and because the Republican Party now represents only nativists, the ideologically driven, and opportunists, many people have lost faith in the American people themselves.
This is the WORST possible effect of Republicanism. It is also why Obama has struck a chord with the American people from the beginning.
Americans are sick to death of discovering that they are only represented by people who may as well have been born in the 1800's.
As we enter this last week, we witness Republicans openly calling for the murder of the Democratic candidate. We witness an assasination plot announced to us as being broken up, just today. We witness Republicans trying to convince us that the Democratic candidate is not even an American. We witness the lowest common denominator of any population anywhere and they are ALL Republicans.
Well, America IS better than this. And, America will answer it's latest incarnation of evil with a resounding repudiation of everything Republican.

Posted by: cms1 | October 27, 2008 6:09 PM | Report abuse

VMR1 reflects an opinion I have heard from many people: a total loss of trust in the American electorate. Because the American people have put up with these last catastrophic 8 years with barely a whimper and because the Republican Party now represents only nativists, the ideologically driven, and opportunists, many people have lost faith in the American people themselves.
This is the WORST possible effect of Republicanism. It is also why Obama has struck a chord with the American people from the beginning.
Americans are sick to death of discovering that they are only represented by people who may as well have been born in the 1800's.
As we enter this last week, we witness Republicans openly calling for the murder of the Democratic candidate. We witness an assasination plot announced to us as being broken up, just today. We witness Republicans trying to convince us that the Democratic candidate is not even an American. We witness the lowest common denominator of any population anywhere and they are ALL Republicans.
Well, America IS better than this. And, America will answer it's latest incarnation of evil with a resounding repudiation of everything Republican.

Posted by: cms1 | October 27, 2008 6:05 PM | Report abuse

I just spent a week talking to Virginia voters. none of the McCain supporters showed a moment's hesitation telling me they were for McCain or attacking Obama usually. happily I found a lot more Obama voters than McCain supporters.

Posted by: gschwartz1 | October 27, 2008 5:51 PM | Report abuse

Folks are afraid to show their support for McCain. The Obamabots have been so rude and a lot of folks are afraid of being called a racist. Same with the polls. I am convinced.

Posted by: ontheblvd
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whaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa..."mommy, the obama supporters are soooo mean to me - sniff...I...can't...express...my...views..aand...I...am ...whhaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa!!

Yeah, because no way McGrump and Caribou Barbie would be flailing otherwise, right?

Posted by: LABC | October 27, 2008 4:40 PM | Report abuse

Folks are afraid to show their support for McCain. The Obamabots have been so rude and a lot of folks are afraid of being called a racist. Same with the polls. I am convinced.

Posted by: ontheblvd | October 27, 2008 4:32 PM | Report abuse

Scruffy1970?

Don't quote that stuff.

Why not put a quote in the article about how the Grand Wizard of the KKK feels about Obama's lead in The Old Dominion?

C'mon.

Posted by: LeftwithNochoice | October 27, 2008 3:58 PM | Report abuse

Feaver...Thanks for following the postings but some of the people you have picked have a track record of particularly vile rant. When you pick their screed you only affirm their world-view...

In particular:
millerroberta
Scruffy1970
DwightHCollins

If you had seen a more comprehensive list of their thoughts, you would need a good hot shower.

Posted by: willandjansdad1 | October 27, 2008 3:41 PM | Report abuse

Zogby poll shows only a 4.5 point lead for Obama. I predicted that weeks ago. I still expect McCAin to win, as improbable as it may sound to some. Not that I want him to.

My analysis is based on nothing more than an educated hunch mixed with purely metaphysical indicators. Obama's black, liberal, and cerebral - most living Americans have been thoroughly conditioned to react negatively to these stimuli.
America's loss of national intellect (the dumbing down phenomenon) has reached a point of no return and therefore America is DESTINED to
experience a total collapse of its paradigm before beginning to rebuild itself along saner lines. Now, total collapse is only possible under President McCain or worse, President Palin.

So, get ready for your destiny this Nov. 4th - a stunningly unprecedented political comeback by John McCain. God help us all.

Posted by: VMR1 | October 27, 2008 3:00 PM | Report abuse

After people reported seeing the vote they cast changed by the computer screen before their very eyes in Ohio, California dumped computer voting.

West Virginians reported seeing the vote changed, this year.

Just because a bad computer programmer doest let you see the criminal destruction of the rights of free people to have their vote counted correctly in an election do NOT mean the computer is NOT stealing your vote.

SILLLY PEOPLE. STOP LETTING YOUR VOTES BE STOLEN.

END COMPUTERS IN ELECTIONS. GROW UP.

Posted by: ottothewise | October 27, 2008 2:42 PM | Report abuse

Insane people think that the election computers are not rigged.

Posted by: ottothewise | October 27, 2008 2:39 PM | Report abuse

The BIBLE is not the CONSTITUTION.

END THE RULE BY IDEOLOGY.

Ideology caused the financial crisis and the Iraq war.

OBAMA for common sense approaches to putting Americans back to work rebuilding American bridges, roads and infrastructure.
Yes, its federal help for the unemployed. And its smarter and works better than giving $300 billion to banks for making bad bets.

Posted by: ottothewise | October 27, 2008 1:37 PM | Report abuse

INTELLIGENCE AND INTEGRITY: OBAMA '08

You can't have change with more of the McSame.

Bush to McSame: a parallel move.

Bush to Obama: a move up. way up.

Posted by: ukeman | October 27, 2008 1:32 PM | Report abuse

Some of these people make it sound like Obama will be coming over for dinner. Why the hell should they care what color the President is. As long as he's looking out for your best interest, that's all that matters. They may think Virginia is the cream of the crop, but without the rest of the country, They're nothing.

Posted by: HemiHead66 | October 27, 2008 12:10 PM | Report abuse

vote vote vote


OBAMA BIDEN 08...!!!

NETHERLANDS ANTILLES

Posted by: fu_buki | October 27, 2008 11:41 AM | Report abuse

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