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VA-Gov: Rocking the suburbs

Exit polling in the Virginia governor's race shows a fascinating dichotomy between the inner suburbs of Washington, which state Sen. Creigh Deeds (D) is winning overwhelmingly, and the outer exurbs that have moved to former state Attorney General Bob McDonnell (R) heavily.

In the inner DC suburbs -- Arlington, Alexandria, Fairfax, Falls Church -- Deeds is taking 61 percent to McDonnell's 38 percent. In the exurban counties, the margin is reversed with McDonnell at 60 percent and Deeds at 39 percent.

Remember -- as we wrote in the Fix Cheat Sheet this morning -- that McDonnell had to perform far better than Republican nominees of recent vintage in Loudoun and Prince William counties, two fast-growing and heavily populated areas; Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) took 45 percent in Loudoun and 42 percent in Prince William in 2008.

McDonnell has done far better than that, according to exit polls, a performance likely to bolster Republican spirits as the vote counting continues in the Commonwealth.

With roughly one-quarter of the votes cast, McDonnell held a 64 percent to 36 percent edge.

By Chris Cillizza  |  November 3, 2009; 7:51 PM ET
Categories:  Governors  
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And the WaPo is sucking hind tit. So much for its silly endorsements.

Thank you so much people of Virginia!

Posted by: flintston | November 4, 2009 8:13 AM | Report abuse

Well if there's a market for them then it's folly to resist it. Market forces are the greatest power in the universe.

Posted by: GoldAndTanzanite | November 4, 2009 2:00 AM | Report abuse

Maybe we can sell unwanted children and gay people to raise funds for road building?

Posted by: nodebris | November 4, 2009 1:17 AM | Report abuse

I'm looking forward to how McDonnell governs the state. It should be exciting to see the fiscal conservatives face down a state populace that wants new roads, better schools, more jobs and better support of law enforcement.

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no time, no time, not when the unborn are being murdered and gays are having sex

Posted by: GoldAndTanzanite | November 4, 2009 1:03 AM | Report abuse

"exurban = rural"

Not so in Virginia.

What you're talking about here are the people who have decent educations and decent white collar jobs, who want a big house in the suburbs because cities are scary, but the inner suburbs are hugely expensive and so they moved way out to the urban fringes and bought shoddily built McMansions on huge lots miles from where they work. They spend hours every day driving their SUVs on insufficient roads to their work places, listening to talk radio in stop-and-go traffic. Their taxes are going up and their asset values are declining. Many have lost work. They know something is wrong, but they aren't sure what it is. They're decent, educated people, or trying to be, most of them, but they're caught in a South American Monkey Trap. "Something's going on here, but you don't know what it is, do you, Mr Jones?"

Obama one year, McDonnell the next. Something, something has to work . . .

Posted by: nodebris | November 3, 2009 8:57 PM | Report abuse

McDonnell's easy work is done -- now he gets to face the hard stuff.

I'm looking forward to how McDonnell governs the state. It should be exciting to see the fiscal conservatives face down a state populace that wants new roads, better schools, more jobs and better support of law enforcement.

Posted by: margaretmeyers | November 3, 2009 8:56 PM | Report abuse

Looks like this sweep is going to send the barking mad liberals over the edge.

In Europe we could recall obimbo on this vote of no confidence and dissolve the government. How would you tell?

Posted by: snowbama | November 3, 2009 8:21 PM | Report abuse

Looks like this sweep is going to send the barking mad liberals over the edge.

Posted by: snowbama | November 3, 2009 8:17 PM | Report abuse

exurban = rural

The GOP is the party of the rural south, exactly as we've been saying.

Where ya been, Chris? You sound almost shocked at what we regard as common knowledge.

Posted by: GoldAndTanzanite | November 3, 2009 8:00 PM | Report abuse

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