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Obama Nearly Pulls Ahead in Va. Beach

Tim Craig

As local registrars finish canvassing the vote totals and complete the counting of absentee ballots, President-Elect Barack Obama continues to gain ground in several Virginia localities.

Obama is now up to 57.5 percent of the vote in Prince William County, and 53.7 percent of the vote in Loudoun County. In both Northern Virginia locations, Obama gained about two percentage points since his initial showing the day after the election. Obama also now appears as if he will win traditionally conservative Chesapeake City in Hampton Roads with 50 percent of the vote, even though the results Wednesday morning had him trailing Arizona Sen. John McCain (R).

Virginia Beach is also in danger of flipping into Obama's column. On the day after the election, McCain led Obama by about 3 percentage points in Virginia Beach. But when the results were updated earlier today, McCain's lead had dwindled to less than one percent.

McCain now has 49.8 percent of the vote vs. Obama 49.1 percent. Even if Obama comes up short in Virginia Beach, its a huge accomplishment for a Democratic presidential candidate to essentially run even with a Republican in Virginia Beach, which is home to televangelist Pat Robertson and large numbers of retired and active duty military personnel.

By Tim Craig  |  November 10, 2008; 8:16 PM ET
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As a resident of Virginia Beach, I was supremely surprised to see Obama lose here. I know we have, in the recent past, been clearly Republican voters, but McCain has proven himself to be trouble when it comes to the military personnel safety and was in favor of continuing the fighting in the middle east. The military personnel are NOT in favor of that, and quite probably noticed McCain's dismal voting records in regard to personnel safety and support.

Further, while we are not a county here, Hampton Roads is comprised of 7 cities, all of which contain vast populations of military, including Norfolk with the world's largest Naval presence. The other 6 cities went Obama, though Chesapeake was a closer race than Norfolk, Portsmouth, Suffolk, Newport News and Hampton.

To me, it smacked of needing a recount, but all in all, to have the margin between Rep and Dem reduced so much in this city was really quite impressive.

Thank you for the even better news!

Posted by: ExRepublican | November 11, 2008 9:17 AM | Report abuse

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