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GOP not ascendant in Northern Virginia

By Lee Hockstader

Let’s talk about Northern Virginia and the rest of Virginia in Tuesday’s statewide election results.

The rest of Virginia went strongly for the Republican slate. NoVa didn’t. Gov.-Elect Bob McDonnell trounced Creigh Deeds statewide but eked out a win by less than a single percentage point in Northern Virginia. Lt. Gov. Bill Bolling and Attorney General-Elect Ken Cuccinelli (a Fairfax native!) rolled statewide; both got trounced in the north.

Here’s a very rough, back-of-the envelope run-down of how the three races came out in Northern Virginia’s main jurisdictions -- and here I’m including Arlington, Fairfax, Loudoun and Prince William counties, plus the Fairfax and Falls Church cities. (Sorry, Stafford et. al. -- very busy day here.)

McDonnell: 259,000
Deeds: 255,000

Lt. Governor
Bolling: 245,000
Wagner: 269,000

Attorney General
Cuccinelli: 243,000
Shannon: 267,000

Moral of the story: The GOP swept the state thanks to a mix of factors. But they didn’t close the deal in the one region that sustains all the others (in terms of redistribution of tax revenues) by dint of its economic dynamism, schools, high levels of education and the national and global reach of its businesses.

By Lee Hockstader  | November 5, 2009; 1:01 PM ET
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This guy ought to get together with "Baghdad Bob".

Posted by: sladenyv1 | November 5, 2009 1:25 PM | Report abuse

"This guy ought to get together with "Baghdad Bob"."

I noticed you didn't point out any inaccuracies in what he wrote.

Posted by: koolkat_1960 | November 5, 2009 1:44 PM | Report abuse

We need a third party to save us from Democrat uberliberalism and Republican ubergreedy warmongers.

Posted by: Vickie803 | November 5, 2009 2:29 PM | Report abuse

One's mind spins after a while, reading all the *spin* from all sides.
To me, at this point in US History, people generally vote as the Media guides them to.
The Media has been trying to promote certain races as important, and the side that's most angry, usually carries the vote.
At this point, those that came out to vote last year, in general, are disappointed in the Democrats. Not as the Media continually opines, because the Country is Conservative, but conversely, because the Dems aren't delivering on what they said they'd do. So, the Dems didn't vote.
Obama's been more an Arbiter than Leader, often giving away the kitchen sink to the GOP, before negotiations start (see The Stimulus & HealthCare). On HealthCare, most people would favor a Single-Payer Medicare for all approach, but that was taken off the table at the outset. Hence, we now have a weak Public Option, that'll only be open to those without Insurance.

Posted by: burf | November 5, 2009 2:36 PM | Report abuse


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Posted by: Neccia | November 5, 2009 2:46 PM | Report abuse

Huh????? Use a cast net next time and your fishing will be more productive.

Your cr@p sounds like the banal statistics sportscasters throw out when a game is a blow-out and their making a mockery of the play.

I read somewhere that Deeds also lost narrowly among those who write left handed, shun beets, and drive cars ending with a vowel that get less than 20 MPG.

You're a joke!!!

Posted by: Bcamp55 | November 5, 2009 3:03 PM | Report abuse

My think as appreciator of Obama world is that the Republicans better get busy because your own inner splits are handing your moderates to us and really, you need them!!! You need them to gain any majority anywhere and to have your moderately conservative voices heard and votes count. You have got some major fringe loonies to digest and what they seem to have in common is self-righteous blindness to their self-righteous blindness along with intellectual and emotional illiteracy and imprints that tell them they are the moral arbiters of the good. If they weren't so convincing to a slice of our populace, they'd be comedy. Nazi comedy.

Posted by: GaiasChild | November 5, 2009 3:20 PM | Report abuse

the gov't does not have a clue as to how much the american people hate the health care bill and also the climate control bill that they are trying to ram down our throats.both will cost jobs and that is not a good thing at this point as the economy and jobs do not exist.they should have waited until the economy and jobs were restored! this has really got the independats voters(myself included very angry and upset.look for many changes in 2010.

Posted by: Lwebb121 | November 5, 2009 7:01 PM | Report abuse

Pres. Barack Obama keeps oushing that health bill and cap and trade that I can see the majority do not want!

Should he keep sticking his head in the bear trap, it is soon going to spring shut around his neck! With what he has witnessed this week one would imagine he'd gain some wisdom while there are 10,000 Americans on a weekday outside the Whitehouse screaming they don't want Obama Care and Cap and Trade! As William Shakesphere would say, "Have you no ears to hear?" or, "Did you lend them out?"

Posted by: PaulRevere4 | November 5, 2009 10:15 PM | Report abuse

I understand the writer's point of view and recall that many in Northern VA are government employees, who like Democrats because Ds are the party of government! And with Obama in the White House and the Ds in charge of the Congress , the country will get more and more federal government involved in their lives.


Posted by: mll4440 | November 12, 2009 12:27 PM | Report abuse

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