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The Buena Vista Sign War

Tim Craig

Democratic Senate candidate Mark R. Warner (D) may have won the sign war at the Buena Vista Labor Day parade today in the Shenandoah Valley, but supporters of Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) get the award for creativity.

On a highway leading into the city, Obama supporters erected a series of signs that made fun of Obama's name, which is a possible hurdle for his candidacy in rural western Virginia.

"Sick of DC?" stated one Obama sign. "Tired of the Same?" read another sign a few feet away. "Vote for the Candidate with the Funny Name," the third sign said.

A few miles away, three more homemade Obama signs lined the highway. "Tired of the Same?" the first sign stated. "Want Meds for Mama?" the second sign read. "Vote for Obama," the last sign said.

Both Obama and Arizona Sen. John McCain put up respectable showings in the annual sign war. But Warner, as usual, probably had more signs than any other candidate, although U.S. Rep. Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.) came in a close second.

Warner's Republican opponent, former governor James S. Gilmore III, also erected a fair number of signs. But Gilmore's supporters apparently tried to skimp on costs when they came to buying and erecting large campaign signs.

One of Gilmore's large signs was last used three years ago when former attorney general Jerry W. Kilgore (R) ran for governor.

On the Kilgore sign, the letter K was covered up with a G. The letter G on the orginal sign was also covered up with a letter M.

The handiwork meant the name K-I-L-G-O-R-E became G-I-L-M-O-R-E. It also appeared as if the word "Senate" was written over another word toward the bottom of the sign.

The recyling effort may have gone unnoticed except someone apparently forgot to create a new authority statement at the bottom of the sign. It still said the sign was paid for and authorized by Kilgore's 2005 gubernatorial campaign.

By Tim Craig  |  September 1, 2008; 5:29 PM ET
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