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Virginia Politics Blog: October 26, 2008 - November 1, 2008

Last Minute Attack Ads Underway

An outside group is airing a harsh ad in the Richmond television market that seeks to connect Democratic presidential nominee Barack Obama to William Ayers, who has confessed to domestic bombings as a member of the Vietnam War-era Weather Underground. Obama has admitted to cursory interactions with Ayers, who lives in the Illinois senators Chicago neighborhood and teaches at a local university. But a man in the one-minute ad suggests people should be afraid of Obama because of Ayers. "Senator Obama, we live in a world where terrorists wish to destroy us. How can we, with a clear conscious, elect a president with such, close documented ties to a terrorist?" the man states. "Senator Obama, How can we trust you? What happens when we elect the colleague of a terrorist to the White House? Please America, lets never find out." The ad notes that Obama and Ayers once served together...

By Tim Craig  |  November 1, 2008; 11:38 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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Five-Hour Wait Today for Richmond Voters

In heavily-Democratic Richmond City, there was a five-hour wait today to vote in-person by absentee ballot. Hundreds of people, many in walkers and wheelchairs, waited in a line that snaked around City Hall. "I wouldn't be able to come Tuesday cause I need assistance, I just had knee replacement," said Ella Garland, 64, who waited 5 hours. "It was worth it. Obama is worth it. I'd do it all again." Patricia Scudder also waited with her ailing father in the line, but she wasn't nearly as up-beat when she emerged from City Hall. "I thought we were going to be in and out," said Scudder, who wondered why there were only six voting machines set up. "My dad has dementia. He kept wanting to leave - he kept wanting water and then to go the bathroom - but I told him we had to stick it out for Obama." Although...

By Anne Bartlett  |  November 1, 2008; 3:37 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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Groups Insist College Students Can Vote

Three voter groups are urging the Radford registrar to fix a problem that they say will prevent eligible Radford University students from being able to cast ballots Tuesday. The Brennan Center for Justice, the Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law and the ACLU of Virginia sent a letter after learning that local election officials have rejected registration applications for students who use their university addresses instead of their parents' home address. They say the affected applications number in the hundreds, if not the thousands. "We are concerned that there is a pattern across Virginia of arbitrary and unlawful barriers to student voting rights, and this is a particularly bad example of it,'' said Wendy Weiser of the Brennan Center. "Students have a right to vote not only in national elections, but in local elections and on the issues that affect the community where they live." The letter states that...

By Anita Kumar  |  October 31, 2008; 5:18 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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Obama Responds to RNC and John Warner

Barack Obama's campaign has launched a new ad responding to charges by the Republican National Committee and Sen. John W. Warner (R-Va.) that the Illinois senator and Democrats in Congress want to slash spending on defense. The RNC began airing a television ad this week noting that U.S. Rep. Barney Frank (D-Mass.) was quoted recently as saying Democrats could push for a 25 percent cut in defense spending. Yesterday, GOP presidential nominee John McCain also released a radio ad in which Warner argues Obama's defense policies would be bad for Virginia's economy. In its ad, the Obama campaign accuses the GOP of lying about his record....

By Tim Craig  |  October 31, 2008; 2:23 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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ACLU Sets up Voter Hotline in Va

The ACLU of Virginia has established a hotline to answer questions from voters who encounter problems at the polls on Election Day and is prepared to advocate for those who were not able to vote. The group will be offering advice about what voters should do if they are told they are not on the registration rolls, they do not have identification with them, they make a mistake while completing their ballot or their vote is challenged by someone else. The ACLU distributed more than 50,000 cards describing voters' rights. The number is 804-644-8080....

By Anita Kumar  |  October 31, 2008; 2:06 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Groups Urge State Employees To Work at Polls

Leaders of three national groups sent a letter to Gov. Timothy M. Kaine (D), urging him to assign all "non-essential public employees" to work at the polls on Election Day. "Adequate staffing can mean the difference between a demonstrably fair election, or questions and challenges about the validity of the results,'' they said in a letter signed by leaders of Change to Win, a coalition of unions, People for the American Way, a progressive advocacy group, and the Sierra Club. Kaine spokesman Gordon Hickey said the governor was not assigning state workers to the polls, but has "encouraged those who can take the day off to volunteer at the polls."...

By Tim Craig  |  October 31, 2008; 10:27 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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Clinton Will Visit NoVa Sunday

A day before Sen. Barack Obama ends his presidential campaign in Northern Virginia, Sen. Hillary Clinton will make a stop there on his behalf. Clinton will hold a rally at George Mason University in Fairfax County Sunday afternoon. She will talk about Obama's proposals to provide affordable health care, cuts taxes and create new jobs. Event details have not been announced yet....

By Anita Kumar  |  October 31, 2008; 8:18 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Obama Will End Campaign in Northern Virginia

Democratic presidential nominee Barack Obama announced tonight his final event of the campaign will take place Monday evening in Northern Virginia. Obama plans to hold a large rally in or near Manassas Park, although an exact location has yet to be determined. Obama's decision to end his 20-month campaign in Virginia is yet another sign that he views Virginia, which last voted for a Democratic presidential nominee in 1964, as a crucial battleground. Obama has made 10 stops in Virginia since June, when he kicked off his general election campaign with stops in Bristol and at Nissan Pavilion near Manassas. Considering Obama has drawn crowds that exceed 100,000, Monday night's rally could be a massive affair, although its unclear if the campaign can find a large venue in that part of Prince William County....

By Tim Craig  |  October 30, 2008; 10:33 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
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Union Gives $205,000 to Va. Democrats

Organized labor continues to dump unprecedented amounts of money into the Virginia Democratic Party. Last Tuesday, the National Air Traffic Controllers Association donated $205,000 to the party's state account. The air traffic controllers appear to have made the largest contribution to any Virginia political committee in at least a decade. On the same day, the Communications Workers of America also donated $50,000 to the party. "We appreciate the gift," said Levar Stoney, executive director of the Virginia Democratic Party. Last month, the United Food and Commercial Workers Union donated $100,000 to the party's state account. Under Virginia law, individuals and organizations are not restricted on how much they can donate to a state political committee....

By Tim Craig  |  October 30, 2008; 7:08 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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John Warner Hits Obama Over Defense

U.S. Sen. John W. Warner (R-Va.) hammered Barack Obama for a second consecutive day over his belief that the Democrat would cut defense spending and send Virginia's economy into a tailspin. Warner also cut a hard-hitting radio on the subject that will begin airing in Hampton Roads tomorrow. Speaking at an event in suburban Richmond, Warner noted that U.S. Rep. Barney Frank (D-Mass.) was quoted as saying recently that Democrats in Congress may slash defense spending by 25 percent. Obama, who has called for increased spending on defense, including more ground forces, has distanced himself from Frank's remarks. But that didn't stop Warner from trying to use the issue to bolster his friend, GOP presidential nominee John McCain. "This is serious, serious potential business," Warner, a former Secretary of the Navy, told about 50 McCain supporters at a rally. "For 30 years, I have been wrestling Democrats on cutting back...

By Tim Craig  |  October 30, 2008; 6:02 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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McCain Gaining Ground in Va. Polls

Two new polls out today show Sen. Barack Obama with a 4-point lead over Republican John McCain in Virginia. The polls indicate that McCain is starting to gain a little ground on Obama in Virginia. Last week, several polls showed Obama with a lead of between 7 and 11 percentage points. In a poll released today by National Journal, Obama draws 48 percent vs. McCain's 44 percent. A second poll by Marist College Institute for Public Opinion shows Obama leading McCain 51 percent to 47 percent among likely voters. But only 2 percent of voters questioned in the Marist poll say they could switch their votes before Election Day, suggesting Obama is still well-positioned to withstand any late surge by McCain in Virginia....

By Tim Craig  |  October 30, 2008; 12:37 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (16)
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McAuliffe Gears up for "Tour" of Virginia

Former Democratic National Committee chairman Terry McAuliffe appears to be inching closer to making up his mind about whether he plans to run for governor next year. McAuliffe was a guest on the Larry King Live show on CNN last night in support of Democrat presidential nominee Barack Obama. King asked McAuliffe if he will run for governor next year. "Well, we are going to get through Tuesday with Senator Obama and then I'm going to take a tour around the state of Virginia and talk to the voters, let the voters tell me where they think we stand and I'll make a decision quickly thereafter," McAuliffe said. King responded, "That sounds like he is running."...

By Tim Craig  |  October 30, 2008; 10:40 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
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Paltrow Cancels Va Appearances

Academy Award-winning actress Gwyneth Paltrow, who was set to headline get-out-the-vote kickoff events tomorrow at Democratic offices in Richmond and Arlington, canceled "due to an illness." With just days left before Tuesday's election, Obama's campaign is ramping up its efforts with rallies, phone banks and canvasses across the state. Thousands of volunteers are expected to go door-to-door to urge their neighbors to vote....

By Anita Kumar  |  October 30, 2008; 9:02 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
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Obama Will Cost Va. Jobs, RNC Says in Ad

The Republican National Committee is airing a new Virginia-specific ad to raise questions about whether Democratic presidential nominee Barack Obama would slash defense spending. The ad seeks to tie Obama to U.S. Rep. Barney Frank (D-Mass.), who was quoted last week as saying Democrats in Congress may seek a 25 percent cut in defense spending. "America's safety depends on Virginia, and Virginia's economy depends on our military," a narrator says. "But what would happen if Barack Obama wins? One of Obama's top allies in Congress has already announced plans to cut our military by 25 percent. Twenty-five percent. What would that mean for your job?" Kevin Griffis, an Obama spokesman, called the ad "dishonest and dishonorable." Griffis noted Obama has called for more defense spending, including additional ground forces to "finally finish the fight against Osama bin Laden and al Qaeda."...

By Tim Craig  |  October 29, 2008; 8:39 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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Radio Ad in NoVa Blasts Obama

A radio ad supporting Republican presidential nominee John McCain is airing on at least one station in Northern Virginia. "More for big government, less for you. Just as you suspected, Barack Obama's wrong for you,'' a woman tells listeners. "Your savings, your job and your financial security are under siege. Congressional liberals will make it worse. Congressional liberals plan nearly a trillion dollars in new government spending,'' a man continues. "To pay for it, congressional liberals promise higher taxes on American families making over $42,000 a year. Congressional liberals call it spreading the wealth. We call it higher taxes for you." The ad is authorized by McCain's campaign and the Republican National Committee. Gail Gitcho, a McCain spokeswoman in Virginia, said she did not have any information about the ads. The RNC did not return messages....

By Anita Kumar  |  October 29, 2008; 4:48 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Drill, Baby, Drill

There's not much chance that Republican presidential nominee John McCain is going to win Maryland's 10 electoral votes. So some Maryland Republicans, including one of the state's political stars, are traveling to Virginia and other battleground states to try to keep the state red. Former lieutenant governor Michael S. Steele will headline a "Drill Baby Drill" tour across Virginia tomorrow and attend rallies in Winchester, Harrisonburg, Staunton, Charlottesville and Fredericksburg. Steele, who lost a U.S. Senate race two years ago, is chairman of GOPAC, a group that recruits Republican candidates across the country. Other prominent Maryland Republicans, including former governor Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. and Anne Arundel County Executive John R. Leopold, have already traveled to Virginia or other key states....

By Anita Kumar  |  October 29, 2008; 4:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Wilder Asks Kaine to Extend Polling Hours

Richmond Mayor L. Douglas Wilder asked Gov. Timothy M. Kaine on Wednesday to extend polling hours on Election Day. Wilder, a former governor, requested that polls remain open for three extra hours to 10 p.m. in certain areas of the state where historic levels of voter turnout are expected. "By all accounts, the presidential election of 2008 is expected to generate historic turnout, not only because of the significance of the race - the country's opportunity to elect the first African-American president or the first woman to hold the office of vice-president - but also due to the record increase in voter registration," said Wilder, the nation's first elected black governor and a strong supporter of Democratic presidential nominee Barack Obama. The polls are open from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. Kaine said yesterday on his monthly call-in show on WTOP radio that he has no authority to extend the...

By Anita Kumar  |  October 29, 2008; 2:36 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
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Virginia Notebook: Democrats Ahead in '09 Race

One year before voters go to the polls to elect a new governor, Virginia Democrats appear well positioned to stay in power and continue their winning streak in major state races, according to a new Washington Post poll. In one of the first surveys to explore the 2009 political landscape, Democrats have a 17-point advantage when voters are asked which party they want to win the governor's race. The question, included in a Washington Post Poll on the presidential race published Monday, highlights the challenges facing Republicans as more Virginia voters identify themselves as Democrats and independents. Of registered voters, 48 percent prefer a Democratic governor vs. 31 percent who want a Republican....

By Tim Craig  |  October 29, 2008; 1:46 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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Groups Prepare to Sue Over Clothing Ban

Three groups plan to sue the state to challenge a controversial State Board of Elections policy that bans the wearing of buttons, T-shirts and other clothes with political messages in polling places. The Thomas Jefferson Center for the Protection of Free Expression, the Rutherford Institute and the ACLU of Virginia say the policy violates the First Amendment rights of voters. "Thomas Jefferson understood that the first duty of government is to protect the freedom of expression," said John W. Whitehead, president of the Rutherford Institute. "Regrettably, the State Board of Elections shirked this important civic duty when it adopted what essentially amounts to a dress code policy. This policy not only undermines the First Amendment right to free speech but will most likely affect the right to vote."...

By Anita Kumar  |  October 29, 2008; 1:19 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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McCain, Palin Return to Va

Sen. John McCain and Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin will campaign in Virginia on Saturday. McCain will hold a pair of rallies in Springfield and in Hampton Roads area. Palin will hold a rally in Richmond. The Fairfax County "Road to Victory" Rally will begin at 11 a.m. at Interstate Van Lines in Springfield....

By Anita Kumar  |  October 29, 2008; 12:25 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Obama Leads by 7 in Virginia

Democrat Barack Obama holds a 7-point lead over Republican John McCain in Virginia, according to a new Associated Press-GfK poll. In the survey conducted Wednesday through Sunday, Obama draws 49 percent among likely voters compared to McCain's 42 percent. By wide margins, Virginia voters trust Obama to address the economy, financial crisis and health care. The two candidates draw even on the question of who can best handle national security issues. The Associated Press polled in Virginia along with seven other battleground states. Obama holds double-digit leads in Nevada, New Hampshire and Pennsylvania. Obama is up by at least 5 percentagage points in Colorado, Ohio and Virginia. He holds a two point advantage in North Carolina and Florida, according to the Associated Press....

By Tim Craig  |  October 29, 2008; 7:16 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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The Final Push (Updated)

Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.), who is attending a rally in Norfolk this evening, will return to Hampton Roads Thursday night for an event at the Virginia Beach Amphitheatre. The trip, which also follows a stop today in Harrisonburg, will be Obama's tenth visit to Virginia since June. On Saturday, GOP presidential nominee John McCain and his running mate, Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, plan to hold multiple campaign events in Virginia, according to GOP officials. One of those stops will be in Virginia Beach. The candidate visits are just a small part of the final push in Virginia to the Nov. 4 election. New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson (D) will campaign for Obama on Thursday and Friday. He plans to stop in Arlington, Falls Church, Charlottesville and Richmond. Caroline Kennedy, the daughter of President John F. Kennedy, will campaign in Portsmouth, Hampton, Clifton and Richmond for Obama Saturday. Sen. Hillary Rodham...

By Tim Craig  |  October 28, 2008; 9:55 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Huckabee Hopes to Shore up McCain in Southwest

Former GOP presidential candidate Mike Huckabee will campaign for his one-time rival, John McCain, tomorrow in Southwestern Virginia. Huckabee was the last Republican to drop out of the race nomination after McCain opened a clear delegate lead. Huckabee, a former Arkansas governor and Baptist preacher, proved to be popular in many rural communities in the south. Although McCain carried Virginia during the Feb. 12 primary, Huckabee performed well in Southwest Virginia. Huckabee will be campaigning with Sandy Froman, a former president of the National Rifle Association. Meanwhile, Democrat Barack Obama is relying on musicians to help him turn out voters in Richmond. On Sunday, Dave Matthews performed a free concert in support of Obama at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond. Sheryl Crow, a nine-time Grammy winner, is also appearing at an event for Obama today in Richmond....

By Tim Craig  |  October 28, 2008; 2:09 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Kaine Makes Bold Prediction

Gov. Timothy M. Kaine (D) is boldly predicting that Democrats will pick up at least two GOP-held congressional seats in Virginia this year. In an interview on WTOP, Kaine said he expects that Fairfax County Board of Supervisors Chairman Gerald E. Connolly (D) will win the seat of retiring U.S. Rep. Tom Davis (R-Va.). Considering the Democratic tilt of Davis's Northern Virginia district, Kaine's prediction on that race isn't much of a surprise. But Kaine said he also expects that either GOP Reps. Frank Wolf, Virgil Goode or Thelma Drake will be unseated next week. Of those races, Drake would appear to be the most threatened incumbent due to the demographics of her Tidewater district, but Goode is also locked in a tough fight with Democrat Tom Perriello in Southside. "They are all races that are doable depending on the size of the Obama turnout," Kaine said. "In all of...

By Tim Craig  |  October 28, 2008; 11:52 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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For the Wealthy Voter, It's Palin vs. Taxes

The Washington Post Virginia poll published today includes one finding that may have caused a few Republicans to grimace: Democrat Barack Obama has a 15-point advantage over Republican John McCain on the issue of taxes. A historicaly low tax state, Virginia Republicans have been using the tax issue for decades to gain advantage. But Virginia voters by a margin of 54 percent to 39 percent say they trust Obama more than McCain to handle tax policy. But the question breaks down along economic lines, which may still allow the issue to work in Republicans' favor. By an 11-point margin, white voters with household incomes under $50,000 a year side with Obama on the issue. Those white voters who make more than $50,000 side with McCain by an almost equal margin. That may be one potential bright spot for the GOP nominee as he tries to improve his standing in well-off...

By Tim Craig  |  October 27, 2008; 8:53 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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Va's Single Women Encouraged to Vote

A non-profit, non-partisan group created to urge single women to get involved is sending out more than 23,500 information packets to new voters in Virginia to encourage them to vote next Tuesday. Women's Voices Women Vote is mailing more than 325,000 packets to women in 18 states, including battlegrounds Florida, Ohio and Pennsylvania. Packets include Election Day information, such as polling hours and sources to find identification requirements. "Making sure they have the information they need on Election Day will ensure more single women make their voices heard in our democracy," said Page Gardner, president of Women's Voices Women Vote. "For the first time in history, unmarried women are equal in number to married women, yet historically they register and vote less." Unmarried women are potentially 26 percent of the electorate yet they are 9 percentage points less likely to register and 13 percentage points less likely to vote than...

By Anita Kumar  |  October 27, 2008; 4:48 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Let The Games Begin

It's that time of year. Virginia Democratic officials say someone is handing out fliers in Hampton Roads that mislead Democrats and Independents into thinking the election is Wednesday, Nov. 5. The election is actually on Tuesday, Nov. 4. The flier, which includes numerous misspelled words, appears as if it is written on official State Board of Elections stationary. "For Immediate Release," it states. "Due to the larger than expected voter turnout in this year's electorial process (the word electoral is misspelled), an emergency session of the General Assembly has adopted the following emergency regulations to ease the load on local electorial precincts and ensure the a fair electorial process." It continues, "All Republican party supporters and independent voters supporting Republican candidates shall vote on November 4th as pecribed by law. All Democratic party supporters and independent voters supporting Democratic candidates shall vote on November 5th as adopted by emergency regulation...

By Tim Craig  |  October 27, 2008; 2:20 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (10)
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Wolf Campaign Apologizes for Staffer who Struck Feder Worker

Rep. Frank R. Wolf's campaign is apologizing this morning for the actions of a congressional staffer, who apparently struck a campaign worker for opponent Judy Feder after a candidate's forum in Winchester Friday. The incident was caught on tape and posted on the blog www.raisingkaine.com last night by Feder's paid blogger, Lowell Feld. According to both camps, the two Feder staffers, one carrying a video camera, approached Wolf and peppered him with questions. Dan Scandling, Wolf's campaign spokesman, said the two workers had been "circling" Wolf, his wife Carolyn and congressional staffer Ben Dutton, and asking aggressive questions in an attempt to provoke an angry response....

By Sandhya Somashekhar  |  October 27, 2008; 11:51 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (63)
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Two New Polls Show Obama Pulling Away

Coming on the heels of this morning's Washington Post Virginia poll that showed Democrat Barack Obama with an 8-point lead over Republican John McCain, Virginia Commonwealth University plans to release a statewide poll today. According to an advance copy, VCU also finds Obama with a healthy lead in Virginia. Among likely voters, Obama is drawing 51 percent compared to McCain's 40 percent, according to VCU. "Obama's lead looks strong in both Northern Virginia as well as in the Tidewater region," said Cary Funk, director of the Commonwealth Poll and associate professor at the L. Douglas Wilder School of Government and Public Affairs. Obama is up by 27-points in Northern Virginia in the VCU poll, compared to his 30-point lead in the region in the Washington Post poll. VCU also has Obama leading McCain by 21 points in Tidewater; the Washington Post pegged the Democrat's lead there at 17 percentage points....

By Tim Craig  |  October 27, 2008; 9:52 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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Group Takes Aim at Warner Over Unions

With Democrat Mark R. Warner holding onto a steady 30-point lead in the U.S. Senate race, there have not been many independent groups investing resources in Virginia this year trying to sway the outcome of his race against Republican James S. Gilmore III. But the National Right to Work Committee has apparently decided to invest a least a little bit of money on television ads to try to undercut Warner's appeal. The committee is airing an ad on Richmond television that calls into question whether Warner will uphold Virginia's status as a right-to-work state. The ad notes Warner has not come out against the Employee Free Choice Act, which would make it easier for workers to unionize. Gilmore is a strong opponent of the proposal. Gilmore also received a boost today when he picked up an endorsement from the Richmond Times Dispatch. Although the endorsement was tepid, it marks his...

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Kaine Hits the Road for Obama

Following a weekend of campaigning, Gov. Timothy M. Kaine will hit the road to continue to talk up Democratic presidential nominee Barack Obama. Kaine, a national co-chairman of Obama's campaign, will give a 10-minute convocation speech this morning at Liberty University in Lynchburg. He is likely to speak about Obama's Christian faith, but votes for the Ilinois senator at the socially conservative school are going to be difficult to come by. University chancellor Jerry Falwell Jr. launched an ambitious drive this fall to get the school's 10,500 students registered to vote and on Election Day, he plans to cancel classes and provide buses to shuttle them to the poll. Tonight, Kaine and fellow Democrat, Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley, will speak at the "One Week to Victory" Maryland Democratic Party Annual Gala in Baltimore....

By Anita Kumar  |  October 27, 2008; 8:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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