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Virginia Politics Blog: June 7, 2009 - June 13, 2009

Democrats Rally Until the Rain Came

Sen. R. Creigh Deeds, the newly minted Democratic nominee for governor, clapsed hands with his party's elite, Mark Warner and Tim Kaine, this afternoon at an outdoor rally as he pledged to follow in their footsteps if he wins in November. Deeds gave a brief but energetic speech promising to turn Virginia into a leader in renewable energy, make college more affordable and accessible and fix the state's transportation problems. "We are taking this state forward,'' Deeds said. "In this election the choices will be stark. Do we move back to failed policies of the past or do we move forward?" Deeds was joined for the first time by the rest of November's Democratic ticket -- lieutenant governor nominee Jody Wagner and attorney general nominee Steve Shannon -- and U.S. Sen. Jim Webb, Rep. Bobby Scott, Dick Cranwell, chairman of the state Democratic party, and members of the General Assembly,...

By Anita Kumar  | June 13, 2009; 5:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  2009 Governor's Race, Anita Kumar, Creigh Deeds, Election 2009, Robert F. McDonnell  
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McDonnell Walks Door to Door

Republican gubernatorial nominee spent the morning walking a small suburban neighborhood in the Stonewall voting precinct of Manassas, knocking on doors and greeting drivers of cars as they passed along the quiet street with local Del. Scott Lingamfelter (R). Stonewall is ground zero for what McDonnell hopes will be the resurgence of Republican voting in Virginia. It went heavily for McDonnell over Creigh Deeds in the 2005 attorney general's race, giving him 57 percent of votes. But last year the precinct backed President Obama. McDonnell said he believed that election was fought on federal issues like the Iraq war. He said November will be about local issues like schools, state energy policy, taxes and roads. Again and again, he reminded voters of his childhood in Fairfax County, a contrast from the rural Deeds. But, in a neighborhood that has undergone dramatic demographic shifts in recent years, many of the voters...

By Anita Kumar  | June 13, 2009; 5:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  2009 Governor's Race, Election 2009, Robert F. McDonnell, Rosalind Helderman  
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A (Brief) Reprieve from the Ads

Tuesday's Democratic primary brought an end to all television ads in the govornor's race, including those attacking Republican Bob McDonnell paid for by the Democratic Governors Association. But it's unclear how long that will last. The future of the DGA-funded political action committee, Common Sense Virginia, which has spent nearly $3 million on ads criticizing McDonnell, remains uncertain. Creigh Deeds, the newly minted Democratic nominee, said he has not given any thought to whether those ads should continue. "I am sure we will have some conversations in the coming weeks,'' he said. "I have not put any thought into that." Emily DeRose, a DGA spokeswoman, also said no decisions have been made. "The future remains to be seen." Of course, regardless of who is paying, we know that the political ads for and against Deeds and McDonnell will be back. But maybe we will get a reprieve until the end...

By Anita Kumar  | June 13, 2009; 4:01 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  2009 Governor's Race, Anita Kumar, Creigh Deeds, Election 2009, Robert F. McDonnell  
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Moran, McAuliffe Supporters Glad At Least Its Deeds

An observation from this afternoon's event at the Silver Diner in Arlington featuring new Democratic gubernatorial nominee Creigh Deeds with U.S. Sen. Mark Warner and attended by quite a number of people who had been supporting Deeds' opponents in the primary battle. Supporters of both Brian Moran and Terry McAuliffe said they were finding it easier to get on board for Deeds than they imagined they would have had their man lost to the other guy....

By Rosalind S. Helderman  | June 12, 2009; 6:04 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  2009 Governor's Race, Brian J. Moran, Creigh Deeds, Election 2009, Rosalind Helderman, Terry McAuliffe  
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Deeds, Dems On Tour

The royal family of Virginia Democratic politics are busy this week crowning the man they hope is their heir apparent. On Wednesday, newly anointed Democratic gubernatorial nominee Creigh Deeds appeared with his former rivals and Gov. Timothy M. Kaine at a big unity event in Richmond. Today's he's with former governor and now Sen. Mark Warner in Arlington. And tomorrow brings a family conclave--Deeds, Kaine, Warner and U.S. Sen. Jim Webb in Williamsburg, along with Democratic lieutenant governor nominee Jody Wagner and attorney general nominee Steve Shannon....

By Rosalind S. Helderman  | June 12, 2009; 12:27 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  2009 Attorney General's Race, 2009 Governor's Race, 2009 Lieutenant Governor's Race, Barack Obama, Creigh Deeds, Election 2009, James Webb, Mark Warner, Robert F. McDonnell, Rosalind Helderman, Timothy M. Kaine  
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Wagner Challenges Bolling to Debates

Jody Wagner sure hit the ground running after her landslide victory in Tuesday's primary. This morning, Wagner, the Democratic nominee for lieutenant governor, challenged Lt. Gov. Bill Bolling (R) to a series of monthly debates across the state. That's a lot of debates -- more than we will likely see in any of the three statewide races. "I believe it's important that voters have a clear understanding of both candidates, including our records, priorities, and visions for the future,'' Wagner wrote to Bolling in a letter. "I believe voters throughout the commonwealth deserve to hear from both of us, so they're able to make informed decisions in November about the direction they believe is best for Virginia." Matt Wells, Bolling's campaign manager, said he looks forward to a "vigorous discussion of the candidate's qualifications, their records and their vision for the future of Virginia,'' but would not commit to a...

By Anita Kumar  | June 12, 2009; 11:10 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  2009 Lieutenant Governor's Race, Anita Kumar, Bill Bolling, Election 2009  
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Ambassador Beyer

President Obama appointed Don Beyer, a former Democratic lieutenant governor and a Northern Virginia car dealer, ambassador to Switzerland and the principality of Liechtenstein. Beyer was an early supporter of Obama in Virginia and served Obama's mid-Atlantic finance chairman during last year's campaign. He and his wife, Megan, raised more than $1.5 million for Obama. Obama was the first Democratic presidential candidate to carry the state in more than four decades....

By Anita Kumar  | June 11, 2009; 7:20 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Federal Workers Union Endorses Deeds

From The Washington Post's Federal Eye blog: The American Federation of Government Employees has endorsed Democrat R. Creigh Deeds for Virginia governor, providing the state senator with a reliable stable of political foot soldiers in his race against Republican Robert F. McDonnell. The federal workers union -- the nation's largest -- represents 30,000 members in the Old Dominion, concentrated mostly in the voter-rich Northern Virginia region. "Senator Deeds has proven himself to be a friend of Virginia's working families", AFGE national vice presidents Joe Flynn and Dwight Bowman said in a statement. "Whether it has been fighting to create good jobs or writing some of the toughest legislation to keep our families and our environment safe and secure, Senator Deeds has shown that he can build the consensus necessary to keep Virginia moving forward." Matching words with actions, the union promises a significant voter mobilization effort as election day nears....

By Christopher Dean Hopkins  | June 11, 2009; 4:06 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  2009 Governor's Race, Election 2009  
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Fairfax Republicans Express Optimism

Not keen to be overshadowed by this week's dramatic, show-stealing Democratic primary, the Fairfax County Republican Committee issued a statement today praising what chairman Anthony Bedell called "the strongest top-to-bottom Republican ticket we have fielded in a very long time." The party is fielding candidates in 15 out of the 16 House of Delegates seats in the county, compared with 6 out of 16 in 2007, the statement said. The county's Republicans have been energized by two strong showings in special elections in the Democratic-leaning county, including county Supervisor John Cook's win in the Braddock District in March, it continued. They "proved that the GOP is still a viable party in Fairfax," the statement said. UPDATE AND CORRECTION: As Fairfax County Democratic Chairman Scott Surovell noted in a follow-up release today, there are 17, not 16, House districts in Fairfax County. Fifteen of those races are contested this year....

By Sandhya Somashekhar  | June 11, 2009; 3:08 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  Election 2009, General Assembly 2009, Sandhya Somashekhar  
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Deeds Camp Headed to NoVa

How important will Northern Virginia be in the upcoming general election for governor? Here's one indication: Creigh Deeds will soon be moving his campaign headquarters from Charlottesville to Northern Virginia, likely to Alexandria. Deeds said today that he will have offices all over the state, including an office in Charlottesville. But the HQ and top staff will be migrating north over the next few weeks....

By Rosalind S. Helderman  | June 11, 2009; 12:31 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  2009 Governor's Race, Creigh Deeds, Election 2009, Robert F. McDonnell  
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Four Primary Lessons

After a day for digestion, we asked Mark J. Rozell, who has a good sense of Virginia, his takeaways so far from the Deeds blowout. Rozell is a professor of public policy at George Mason University, a certified pundit and a quote machine. Here are four: 1. Virginia primary voters are pragmatic "That goes against type quite frankly. Most of the political science literature will tell you that primary voters tend to be more ideological than pragmatic. But we've seen in some recent election cycles that Democratic voters in Virginia have gone for more middle-of-the-road candidates, and perhaps taken lessons from Mark Warner, Jim Webb and Tim Kaine. They understand that having a candidate who runs more to the middle is prescription for success in this state." 2. Republican conventioneers celebrated too soon "The last place anyone in Virginia would pop a champagne cork last night was the Bob McDonnell...

By Michael Laris  | June 10, 2009; 7:46 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  2009 Governor's Race, Brian J. Moran, Creigh Deeds, Election 2009, Robert F. McDonnell, Terry McAuliffe  
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Looking For Nuggets

It was just 24 hours ago that the results of Virginia's Democratic gubernatorial primary began flooding in. The result came faster and was more definitive than nearly anyone expected. It feels like it's been a lot longer than a day. Already President Obama has dipped his toes in with a call, and Bob McDonnell and Creigh Deeds have been racing through appearances and interviews like election day was just 145 days away. Wait. Election day is just 145 days away. Still, how about a deep breath. Some of the experts were way off in the run-up to Tuesday. In early May, two years after Brian Moran launched his bid for governor, his pollster Greenberg Quinlan Rosner Research, Inc. had Terry McAuliffe at 31 percent, Moran at 29 percent and Deeds at 18 percent. Tuesday's results had Deeds with about twice the support of either of his rivals. So what nuggets...

By Michael Laris  | June 10, 2009; 6:58 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  2009 Governor's Race, Brian J. Moran, Creigh Deeds, Election 2009, Robert F. McDonnell, Terry McAuliffe  
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Democrats Get Unified

Democratic nominee Creigh Deeds launched his general election campaign today at a solidarity rally with his two vanquished opponents and Gov. Tim Kaine, chairman of the Democratic National Committee. Terry McAuliffe, former DNC chairman, former delegate Brian Moran, and their senior campaign staff, milled around the state Democratic headquarters, many wearing blue Deeds stickers. Members of the exuberant crowd held massive blue letters spelling their new standard-bearer's name: D E E D S. "They both committed to help me anyway they can,'' Deeds said of his former rivals. "I'm going to hold them to that." Kaine met briefly with the three men behind closed doors. (Wouldn't you have loved to be a fly on that wall?) "I want to begin by saying how proud I am of Virginia Democrats,'' Kaine said. "That our three great candidates would all get up and shelp down to Richmond for this and stand together...

By Anita Kumar  | June 10, 2009; 6:26 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Obama, Biden and McDonnell

We told you a little earlier that newly minted Democratic gubernatorial candidate Creigh Deeds spoke briefly to President Barack Obama at around 11 this morning. It turns out both Obama and Vice President Joe Biden both called in the hours after he won his come-from-behind-victory Tuesday. "It was pretty cool," Deeds said of his brief call from Obama. "I like him a lot. He was just personable. He offered help. He had ideas. He had watched this campaign. He was knowledgeable about the approach we took to things." Deeds said Obama, then a U.S. senator, had campaigned with him previously in Norfolk and Richmond when Deeds was running for attorney general in 2005 against Republican Bob McDonnell....

By Anita Kumar  | June 10, 2009; 5:42 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  2009 Governor's Race, Anita Kumar, Creigh Deeds, Election 2009, Robert F. McDonnell  
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Late Hits

Commentators sometimes talk about Creigh Deeds' soft-edged demeanor or even his drawl in a way that suggests doubt about whether he has the mettle to take down a more polished politician such as Bob McDonnell. But as Deeds today continued settling into his role as his party's overwhelming choice, not just the guy in the middle, it's worth looking back at a key moment in the last formal debate between Deeds, Terry McAuliffe and Brian Moran. At the end of the Washington Post-sponsored debate at Northern Virginia Community College in Annandale, Deeds ended up with the final closing statement. With his opponents unable to respond from the stage, Deeds lit into them both in a way that was closer to ruthless than soft-edged. Republican leaders had taken some enjoyment in seeing the Democrats run each other -- and their campaign accounts -- down. Today, Democrats said the tough race helped...

By Michael Laris  | June 10, 2009; 5:27 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  2009 Governor's Race, Brian J. Moran, Creigh Deeds, Election 2009, Terry McAuliffe  
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Getting Back Together After 'A Little Distance'

Beyond the cheering crowds and symbolism of today's unity rally in Richmond with Creigh Deeds and his rivals was a more sensitive and discrete task: Finding a way for Deeds to absorb and benefit from key staffers who have worked for months trying to defeat him. Talks are in early stages. But an effort is underway to shift key personnel and other resources to Deeds and joint efforts to elect Democrats in November. "All the sudden you have a lot of really talented, hard-working people...who are now ready to get behind the nominee. It's just kind of a matter of figuring out how it can happened," said Delacey Skinner, communications director for Terry McAuliffe's campaign. Old colleagues who worked together four years ago on the coordinated campaign to elect Tim Kaine as governor and Creigh Deeds as attorney general are back talking again, Skinner said. Staffers gathered in Richmond today...

By Michael Laris  | June 10, 2009; 3:22 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  2009 Governor's Race, Brian J. Moran, Creigh Deeds, Terry McAuliffe  
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Deeds' Own Precinct Reports Margins Not Seen Since USSR

The results are in: Creigh Deeds did pretty well in his home precinct. The numbers in Deeds' Bath County voting spot (the Millboro precinct) looked like this, my colleague Freddy Kunkle reports: Deeds: 198 (97 percent) Terry McAuliffe: 6 (3 percent) Brian Moran: 0 Things were not quite so definitive for his rivals. Moran was strong at his Alexandria precinct, Temple Beth El Synagogue: Deeds: 140 (25 percent) McAuliffe: 68 (12 percent) Moran: 358 (63 percent) But McAuliffe had it tougher in Fairfax. Spring Hill: Deeds: 168 (55 percent) McAuliffe: 84 (28 percent) Moran: 52 (17 percent)...

By Michael Laris  | June 10, 2009; 12:43 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  2009 Governor's Race, Brian J. Moran, Creigh Deeds, Terry McAuliffe  
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Deeds Talks to the President

We hear new Democratic gubernatorial candidate state Sen. R. Creigh Deeds just finished up a phone call with President Barack Obama. Obama called to congratulate on his stunning victory in the primary yesterday. Deeds and Obama will need each other come November. Obama needs Deeds to bring home victory in Virginia since his fate will be widely perceived nationally as a referendum on the president's popularity in a very purple state. And Deeds will need Obama to make that happen, particularly in the urban Tidewater area where Deeds underperformed other successful statewide Democratic candidates in his 2005 race for attorney general against Bob McDonnell. Deeds was holding this morning's big unity press conference with Gov. Timothy M. Kaine and former rivals Brian Moran and Terry McAuliffe when his staff learned the call would be coming shortly. They ended the event early, natch....

By Rosalind S. Helderman  | June 10, 2009; 11:21 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
Categories:  2009 Governor's Race, Creigh Deeds, Election 2009, Robert F. McDonnell, Rosalind Helderman  
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That Was Fast

The general election campaign has begun. GOP candidate for governor Bob McDonnell has been all over drive time radio this morning. He scheduled a half dozen interviews in Richmond, Hampton Roads, Charlottesville, Winchester, Fredericksburg and Washington, D.C.'s WMAL to jump right into Northern Virginia. Here's what he said on WMAL:...

By Michael Laris  | June 10, 2009; 10:16 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Creigh Deeds, Election 2009, Robert F. McDonnell  
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The Fix: Last Night's Winners and Losers

In his his morning briefing The Fix, aka The Post's Chris Cillizza, aka half the Mouthpiece Twins, offers up some winners and losers from the Democratic primary. WINNERS Deeds Ads: For a candidate little-known statewide and suffering a significant charisma deficit to at least one of his opponents, Deeds's ads were of critical importance in introducing himself to Virginia voters and making the case why he was the natural heir to the political legacies of Mark Warner and Tim Kaine. Thanks to David Dixon and Rich Davis, who have been with Deeds since he lost the attorney general's race by 323 votes in 2005, the nominee's ads stood out from the pack. Crisp and clean they cast Deeds as something of an everyman -- the kind of guy who is easy to vote for. Need to see what we are talking about? Go watch the Deeds ad touting his endorsement...

By Christopher Dean Hopkins  | June 10, 2009; 10:11 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  2009 Governor's Race, Election 2009  
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Commenters' Primary Reactions: Bitterness, Harmony

Washington Post blogger Doug Feaver, who looks for trends and themes in the Web site's comment threads, took a look at what readers were writing about last night's election: Our Readers Who Comment on R. Creigh Deeds' overwhelming victory Tuesday in the Virginia Democratic Primary for governor seem to be mostly Democrats and seem to think they have a good shot at winning the general election. They are also snarling at each other in a manner that reminds me of the taunts exchanged in the parking lot after a high school basketball game. Supporters of the two losing candidates are also mad at the Post -- and particularly its May 22 editorial that firmly endorsed Deeds. It'll take a week or two for party harmony to return. Read the full post on the dot.comments blog....

By Christopher Dean Hopkins  | June 10, 2009; 10:07 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Video: Deeds Declares Victory at Rally

After winning the Virginia Democratic primary, state Sen. Creigh Deeds spoke to supporters at a rally in Charlottesville. Deeds defeated candidates Terry McAuliffe and Brian Moran. Play Video VIDEO | Deeds Declares Victory at Rally See concession speeches by McAuliffe and Moran after the jump....

By washingtonpost.com editors  | June 9, 2009; 10:17 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  2009 Governor's Race, Creigh Deeds, Election 2009  
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Area Dems. Win State House Primaries

Three area races for the state's House of Delegates moved forward today with Democratic candidates emerging from their primary campaigns. (Read tonight's story by Michael Laris for more on these races.) Perhaps the highest-profile victory was in District 52, where Luke E. Torian won out over Michael A. Hodge. The 52nd District seat is one the Democrats hope to take from outgoing Republican Rep. Jeffrey M. Frederick, the former state GOP chief. Torian will face Republican Rafael Lopez. In District 35, Mark L. Keam defeated John F. Carroll, Esam S. Omeish and Roy J. Baldwin handily. Keam will face Republican Jim Hyland for the right to succeed Stephen C. Shannon, who is running for Attorney General. And in District 47, Patrick A. Hope defeated Alan E. Howze, Adam J. Parkhomenko, Miles F. Grant and Andres Tobar. Hope is bidding to replace retiring Democratic Del. Albert C. Eisenberg. In District 38,...

By Washington Post Editors  | June 9, 2009; 10:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Discussion Excerpts: Marc Fisher on the Primaries

Earlier this evening Post Enterprise Editor Marc Fisher briefly resurrected his Potomac Confidential discussion series to take readers' questions about the election results. Excerpts: Fairfax, Va.: Ok, we had violent storms here in Northern Virginia (Moran's stronghold) and unpleasant weather farther south along the shore (McAuliffe's stronghold) but all things bright and beautiful in the Shenandoah Valley? Maybe God is trying to tell us something! Marc Fisher: But early word had very low turnout in the Shenandoah, so be careful of conclusions or predictions based on weather. Still, there's a school of thought that lousy weather keeps marginal voters away more than the party regulars for whom voting is a religion. If that holds true, it's indeed McAuliffe who would have the most to worry about--his is the strategy most dependent on luring back the Obama primary voters who were previously quite sour on the voting process....

By Christopher Dean Hopkins  | June 9, 2009; 9:54 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Kaine Congratulates Deeds

Virginia Gov. Timothy M. Kaine congratulated his party's candidate for governor in a statement released tonight. "The election of Senator Deeds tonight as the 2009 Democratic nominee for governor is an incredible victory for Virginia--and its citizens," Kaine's statement said. "Senator Deeds' victory is a clear signal Virginians want to keep our state moving forward, and I am pleased to extend my congratulations to my friend and colleague on this critical accomplishment."...

By Matt Mosk  | June 9, 2009; 8:26 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Moran Concedes

At 8:06, former Del. Brian Moran conceded in the race for governor. About 50 Moran supporters filed into a sparse-looking ballroom at the Alexandria Hilton Mark Center, with many grimly watching the unofficial state results post to a giant screen. "Brian helped rebuild this party to a position of prominence so I'm very disappointed," said Michael Cook, 62, an attorney from Alexandria. He added that he thought the Post's editorial endorsement of Deeds "played a huge part" and was a "disservice."...

By Matt Mosk  | June 9, 2009; 8:19 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
 
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Deeds Overcomes Odds to Win Nomination

With the least money and fewest ties to vote-rich Northern Virginia, State Sen. R. Creigh Deeds won today's three-way Democratic primary for governor, paving the way for a rematch with Republican Bob McDonnell in the fall. Deeds, 51, a country lawyer from Bath County, was viewed as an unlikely winner against two Northern Virginians with entrenched political ties. Known for his moderate to conservative views on such issues as gun rights but also appreciated for his folksy style, Deeds was strong across the state, including Fairfax, Arlington and Prince William counties. Read the full story or see county-by-county results....

By Christopher Dean Hopkins  | June 9, 2009; 8:18 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Wagner Wins

Jody Wagner has beaten Mike Signer in the Democratic primary for lieutenant governor....

By Amy Gardner  | June 9, 2009; 7:49 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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The Clickocracy, Virginia Edition

If Creigh Deeds wins the Democratic primary tonight, it might be partly due to the fact that he blasted away the competition. Online -- that is. Starting at 3 p.m EST Monday, hours before polls opened across Virginia, Deeds's campaign bought what's called a "Google blast." Or, more appropriately, a Google attack. If you live in Northern Virginia (or, like many voters, work in D.C. but live in NoVa), Deeds has been almost inescapable on highly-trafficked sites such as washingtonpost.com, the blog Talking Points Memo and Oxygen.com, which is popular among women. Capitalizing on his Post endorsement, he peppered those sites with banner ads reading "The Washington Post endorsed one Democrat -- Creigh Deeds" until polls closed....

By Christopher Dean Hopkins  | June 9, 2009; 7:20 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  2009 Governor's Race, Creigh Deeds, Election 2009  
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Some Thoughts From Quentin Kidd

Quentin Kidd, a political science professor at Christopher Newport University, drove around to predominantly African-American precincts in Hampton and Newport News today and was surprised at just how low turnout was. He was also surprised to see not a single campaign worker for Terry McAuliffe, the former Democratic National Committee chairman with the most formidable organization and war chest -- who declared his support among black leaders of Virginia virtually absolute. Like most of us, Quidd had no clue at 6 p.m. who will actually win. But he had some other thoughts on the race today. He believes the race will turn on the size of the African-American vote, turnout in general, and what happens in Northern Virginia. "Was the McAuliffe campaign a house of cards?" Quidd mused. "Was it a media creation, or was it real? You've got to win trust and build relationships in a campaign, and I'm...

By Amy Gardner  | June 9, 2009; 7:13 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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The Candidates' Final Spin

Cross-posted from Chris Cillizza's The Fix: All three of the Democrats -- former Democratic National Committee Chairman Terry McAuliffe, former state Del. Brian Moran and state Sen. Creigh Deeds -- running for governor of Virginia held conference calls with reporters this afternoon to provide a final spin before polls close tonight at 7 p.m.. These calls -- as they are apt to be -- were largely newsless rehashes of the three campaigns basic arguments. (The Fix had a brief flashback to the 2008 presidential primary between Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton in which both sides held a conference call every single day of that race. Shudder.) The Fix listened to these calls so Fixistas didn't have to. The spin coming out of each camp is below. Don't forget, you still have an hour (or so) to make your prediction on who wins tonight, by what percentage and what the storyline...

By Christopher Dean Hopkins  | June 9, 2009; 5:42 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Mayhem at the Polls

Today's t-storms caused only minor glitches for voters, cutting power at four polling places across the state but not affecting voting, state election officials said. Election officials followed contingency plans and used back-up battery equipment, so voting equipment was not affected. However, two voting locations were locked down for 45 minutes in Virginia Beach following reports that a gunman was in the area. No injuries were reported. One voter in Virginia Beach was asked to come back later. And in Prince William County, someone forgot to tell the custodian to open the doors at one polling location, so election officials followed their contingency plan and opened in a parking lot....

By Amy Gardner  | June 9, 2009; 5:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Early Turnout Numbers

The Post's reporters have gathered the following Virginia turnout data: Arlington: At 4:30 p.m., Linda Lindberg, head of Arlington County's election office, said that they think they are running at about 10-12 percent turnout in Arlington. The afternoon has been a little slow, she said, though the percentage could go up if voters swayed by the morning storm make it to the polls in the evening. Alexandria: By 1:45 p.m., 344 people had voted at City Hall -- 60 absentee ballots were cast -- out of 2,892 registered voters. About 6,000 voters across Alexandria had cast ballots by noon, according to a survey taken by election officials. "Frankly, that's more than I expected," said Alexandria Registrar Tom Parkins, who has accurately predicted voter turnout in the last two elections. "But honestly, I didn't have a lot to go on. The last Democratic gubernatorial primary was 30 years ago." Typically, turnout...

By Christopher Dean Hopkins  | June 9, 2009; 4:38 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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Got Election Questions? Ask Marc Fisher Tonight

The Post's Marc Fisher will bring his regular Potomac Confidential chat out of its very brief retirement at 7 p.m. for a special Election Night discussion. Go here to read the discussion, or go here to submit your questions about the campaigns, the polling places, the results, the upcoming general election or anything else on your mind....

By Christopher Dean Hopkins  | June 9, 2009; 4:11 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Divided Voters in Falls Church

Sleepy Hollow Elementary School in Falls Church. By 8:30 a.m., the rain had slowed but there was a steady stream of voters entering the school along side elementary students in colonial dress, past L. Kaye Kory, holding a green umbrella, and a row of other campaigners. Deborah Blevis, 56, of Falls Church said she cast her ballot for Brian Moran. "It was more of an anti-McAuliffe vote," she said. "I don't think he can work across party lines." Blevis, a professor at Johns Hopkins, also voted for Kory, because she said she has been very effective as a leader on the School Board. Jan Engert, 51, and her husband Henry Gholz, 57, split their votes. Engert, a forest service employee, voted for McAuliffe. "National experience. National experience. A prominent name in the Democratic party. I know more about him." And she chose Kory, because the School Board member had knocked...

By Christopher Dean Hopkins  | June 9, 2009; 3:35 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Capital Weather Gang: Severe Storms Will Hit Area Soon

The Post's official meteorologists are tracking a mass of nasty weather set to deluge the D.C. area starting at about 4 p.m. and lasting through the close of the polls and beyond. Turnout has been light so far for the Democratic primary, and this weather likely will prevent any improvement late in the day. See the radar loop for the region....

By Christopher Dean Hopkins  | June 9, 2009; 3:22 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Coverage of Virginia Governor's Race Heats Up

Take a key presidential swing state and make it the setting for a hotly contested three-way Democratic primary, and what have you got? A recipe for intense interest from political bloggers and journalists from around the country. As Virginia voters hit the polls today, the Common theme of recent posts on WSJ's Capitol Journal and Jim Newell on The Daily Beast is "no one wants to be the candidate heading into Election Day with downward momentum."...

By Matt Mosk  | June 9, 2009; 2:47 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Deeds Votes

Sen. R. Creigh Deeds arrived at the polls in Millboro about 9:15 a.m. after a breakfast of Pop-Tarts. Dressed casually in Levis, a striped knit shirt and jogging shoes, Deeds sounded loose, tired and upbeat. He pulled up in a white Buick with his wife, Pam, and their 20-year-old son, Gus, and a cousin, Wes Shrader, at the wheel. "It's the end of this part of the journey," Deeds said of his run for the Democratic gubernatorial nomination. "I feel good, I feel positive. ... All the trends, all the momentum is going this way."...

By Washington Post editors  | June 9, 2009; 1:52 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Have You Voted? Tell Us About It

Low turnout is being reported in the governor's race primary; we'd like to hear about your experiences at the polls today. Let us know in the comments where and when you voted and how many voters and campaign volunteers were around when you went. You can also let us know who you voted for in the poll below. READER POLL...

By Christopher Dean Hopkins  | June 9, 2009; 1:46 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
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Video: A Very Small Exit Poll

Washington Post videographer Anna Uhls talked with a dozen voters at Key Elementary School in Arlington, Va. Play Video VIDEO | Early Votes Cast for Virginia Primary For a funnier take on the election, see the first segment in Chris Cillizza and Dana Milbank's Mouthpiece Theater....

By Christopher Dean Hopkins  | June 9, 2009; 1:39 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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More from Arlington Polls ...

At George Mason University's Arlington campus this morning, John and Kate Forbush ignored a light drizzle so they could cast their votes for Brian Moran. The young professionals live in Ballston and are both very interested in politics. They said they sent e-mail to friends reminding them to vote. But their experience echoed a theme of the day for Democrats: November's electricity has fizzled. "You can tell a huge difference," John Forbush said. "You can tell the energy from the presidential election was just sucked out of all our friends. ... Maybe because it's a primary, maybe because the candidates aren't well-known, people aren't really talking about the Democratic primary."...

By Washington Post editors  | June 9, 2009; 1:20 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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A Moran Voter in Montclair

For now, Fred Lambe is for Brian Moran. Lambe, who lives in Montclair in Prince Williams County, said he voted for Moran today but might change his mind come November. He said he wants a governor who will best address transportation and the state budget deficit. "I look foward to the debates," he said. "Depending how each addresses the deficit and how it will impact me tax-wise, that's when I could leave my party line."...

By Washington Post editors  | June 9, 2009; 1:08 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Two Views Near Route 29

At Fair Hill Elementary off Route 29 near Fairfax City poll workers said 97 people had voted as of 11 a.m. without a hitch. Here are two: Vinny Monacella, 83, said he voted for Creigh Deeds. It was an easy decision, he said. "He's been a politician for a long time, in a rural district and he hasn't been afraid to vote for issues that were important to Northern Virginia," he said. The one issue that stuck out in his mind: transportation. "That takes guts, because sometimes he wasn't voting for his own interests. He voted for the gas tax. I'm sure a lot of people in his district didn't like that, but he did it anyway, because it was the right thing to do. I like that." Miriam Wimberly, 73, said she voted for Terry McAuliffe. She was in and out in 5 minutes she was so sure. "He...

By Washington Post editors  | June 9, 2009; 12:28 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Where's the Buzz?

Nov. 4, 2008, this is not. Just one campaign volunteer stood at a Fairfax City polling place off University Avenue this morning. She was a recent high school grad who was working for Mike Signer, one of the two candidates seeking the Democratic nomination for lieutenant governor. She was prepared: She had her glossies all at the ready, ready to draw in case a curious voter came a-knockin', looking for info on the L.G. race. "It's been like this all morning," she said....

By Washington Post editors  | June 9, 2009; 12:21 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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In Arlington, A Portrait of Indecision

Althea Brum fumbled in her purse looking for her voter registration card around 9 a.m. outside the Drew Community Center in Arlington. She sighed, less because she couldn't find anything in the jumble of her purse and more because after all the mail, the phone calls and even the home visits, she still had no idea who she would vote for when she walked through the door. "I just don't feel comfortable with any one candidate," she said. "Not 100 percent. Not even 75 percent." Concerns about the economy were uppermost in her mind, she said, along with same-sex marriage and abortion rights. Brum, a 50-year-old African American insurance agent, votes in the heavily African American precinct that encompasses the Nauck community, a historic black neighborhood. All thee candidates for governor heavily courted voters like Brum, campaigning agressively here as well as in Richmond and Hampton Roads, seeking to build...

By Washington Post editors  | June 9, 2009; 9:58 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Thunder, Lightning and Voting in Deeds Country

Rain and lightning of almost biblical proportions moved over the mountain ridges around the tiny Bath County town of Millboro as polls opened at 6 a.m. That did not deter Pam and Mark Pace from casting the first two ballots at the precinct in the Millboro Ruritan Club, where state Sen. R. Creigh Deeds votes. Both said they voted for Bath County's favorite son in the race for the Democratic gubernatorial nomination. Like others here who voted early, they said they know Deeds from personal experience -- it's a place where almost everyone's life is intertwined with everybody else's, and poll workers greet voters by name. "I think he's a man of principle -- that we know," said Pam Pace, who was first to step up to one of the two electronic voting machines set up in the Ruritan Club's kitchen....

By Washington Post editors  | June 9, 2009; 9:50 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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Election Day Forecast Still Sticky Then Stormy

The Capital Weather Gang expects a humid morning followed by afternoon and evening thunderstorms across the state tomorrow, with the storms being more intense in the Eastern portions of the state, including the D.C. region. Bottom line: Vote early or risk voting soggy....

By Christopher Dean Hopkins  | June 9, 2009; 4:24 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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An Election-Eve Letter on Guns

Just hours before the polls are due to open in this year's Democratic primary for governor, two young men touched by the Virginia Tech tragedy have sent out an open letter opposing Creigh Deeds because of his position on guns. Colin Goddard, a victim who survived the mass shootings in April 2007 (and was in the room when shooter Seung Hui Cho killed himself), and Omar Samaha, whose sister, Reema, was killed, issued the somber letter just after 5:30 p.m. They noted that Deeds voted against closing the gun show loophole before voting for it, and has supported allowing concealed weapons in bars. "Senator Deeds has a record on guns that worries us," they wrote. "Senator Deeds opposes our one-gun-a-month law -- and even Bob McDonnell supported that." "We believe Senator Deeds is a good person. And on many issues, we agree with him. But keeping the people we love...

By Amy Gardner  | June 9, 2009; 3:55 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
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Brian Moran, Knute Rockne, And Remembering The Titans

Candidates get punchy in a campaign's final hours. Late Sunday night -- two years after Brian Moran launched his campaign in earnest, more than a year after he began spending his Sundays in Baptist churches meeting voters, and 12 hours after making his final appeal in the pews of north Richmond -- he stood before volunteers in an Arlington strip mall and set about rallying his team. "There are differences between the candidates. I've been lumped in with these three white guys for too long. We might look the same, but there are differences," Moran said, his voice breaking and then recovering for a few flashes from his stump speech. He looked out at the rapt volunteers staring back at him. It was after 8:30 p.m. "You all should be on the phones, but I'm talking to you," he said. And then he went on....

By Michael Laris  | June 8, 2009; 11:34 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Family Time for McDonnell

So where was Bob McDonnell today while his three Democrats rivals campaigned hard in the last full day before tomorrow's primary? Spending some quality time with his family. The Republican nominee's in-laws, Frank and Gerry Gardner, introduced him to the residents at the vast Greenspring Retirement Community, where they live. Greenspring, home to 2,000 residents, is a frequent stop for statewide candidates looking to meet some Virginians who are regular voters....

By Anita Kumar  | June 8, 2009; 9:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Moran Travels Home to Alexandria

Brian Moran of Alexandria chose to spend the final day before the election in his hometown, rallying about 250 supporters over the lunch hour in front of Alexandria City Hall in Old Town. Glistening under a blazing sun, Moran stuck with the left-leaning message he has trumpeted for much of the campaign: promises to expand access to medical and dental care, push a transportation plan through the legislature, block off-shore drilling and repeal a constitutional amendment that prohibits gay marriage. "All along 've been talking to voters about just how important this election is," Moran boomed to the crowd, flanked by more than a dozen local elected officials who support him. "We made history electing Barack Obama in the fall, but we need a partner for President Obama in the governor's office, and I intend to be that governor."...

By Anita Kumar  | June 8, 2009; 5:09 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
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Deeds Sweeps Through the South

Sen. R. Creigh Deeds wrapped up a 16-stop, three-day blitz. He made five stops today in Danville, Martinsville, Bristol and Roanoke and will host a 9 p.m. rally in Charlottesville. Along the way he collected an endorsement from the head of Martinsville's Democratic Committee. State Sen. Donald McEachin, a member of the legislative black caucus, also announced he is supporting Deeds. Meanwhile, the campaign was working to drive voters to the polls. Deeds campaign manager Joe Abbey said six offices and some 200 volunteers across the state were making calls and sending people into neighborhoods to knock on doors. The campaign also was targeting potential voters with robocalls and nearly matching McAuliffe dollar-for-dollar on television ads. Abbey said the campaign was spending about $950,000 compared with McAuliffe's $1 million....

By Anita Kumar  | June 8, 2009; 5:05 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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McAuliffe Rallies Supports

Democratic gubernatorial Terry McAuliffe appeared in front of 100 enthusiastic supporters wearing bright blue "McAuliffe for governor" stickers at a coffee shop near Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond. McAuliffe signs snaked around the coffee shop and up and around the adjacent streets. He bounded up the makeshift stage, wearing a suit jacket on one of the hotter days this summer, after he was introduced as the next governor of commonwealth of Virginia. "Tomorrow's the big day!'' McAuliffe said to a crowd waving blue McAuliffe for governor signs. "This has been what you are working on for months!" McAuliffe, who was losing his voice, rattled off his campaign's get-out-the vote-effort: Six thousand volunteers are projected to make 1 million phone calls and knocked on 8,500 doors in the state....

By Anita Kumar  | June 8, 2009; 4:58 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Jim Moran: "I'm Concerned"

With some last-minute polls suggesting that Brian Moran might be neck-and-neck or even lagging behind Terry McAuliffe and Creigh Deeds on Moran's home turf in Northern Virginia, his big brother, Rep. Jim Moran, acknowledged being "concerned." "Of course, I am," Jim Moran said while leaving a Fairfax County forum with local officals and other members of the Virginia congressional delegation on housing. "I think the (Washington) Post endorsement is helping Creigh a great deal in Northern Virginia, which is where he had hoped to win it," Jim Moran said. "We figured if we could get two thirds of the vote in Northern Virginia and we get a good turnout, a good GOTV effort, we can win this, because Brian does have good support in Hampton Roads and in the Richmond area." "But the Post endorsement has made a difference, and of course Terry has the resources to make an impressive...

By Anita Kumar  | June 8, 2009; 4:51 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Dialing Brian Moran

When Brian Moran gave out his private cell phone during a television interview last week, folks from his opponents' campaigns chortled. But someone out there was listening. Moran said he got about a dozen hang-ups in the few days following the interview, probably from people "who wanted to know if the number was real." But then this morning, on the road between an appearance on MSNBC and a pre-Election Day rally in Alexandria, his phone rang again. And he picked it up. It was a woman whose grandchildren had been taken from her daughter's home by child welfare officials, and who wanted help getting the children back to her home. "She said we ignore grandparents' rights in Virginia," Moran said. "I told her to send me the information and I will look into it."...

By Sandhya Somashekhar  | June 8, 2009; 2:38 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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'There's A Reason I'm Not In Politics'

The disconnect between the political class and avid voters on the one hand, and many average Virginians on the other, became even clearer around the Commonwealth today as the three men running for governor made their final appeals. Just after noon in front of Alexandria's city hall, a 30-year-old Arlington IT worker named Anil Karthkia happened across a crowd of more then 250 people sweating in blazing sun as Brian Moran prepared for his final hometown rally and speech exhorting supporters to show up at the polls Tuesday. Karthkia was there to tour Alexandria's Waterfront and missed most of the warm-up acts. He would have heard local legislators telling the crowd that Moran is the best general-election candidate to help Democrats take Virginia's House of Delegates in November. "I'm very selfish. I'm thinking about who's the best person...to help me get reelected and to get my colleagues reelected, " said...

By Michael Laris  | June 8, 2009; 2:27 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Puller Endorses Deeds

One of Northern Virginia's last remaining neutral voices has decided to make an endorsement in the waning hours before polls open tomorrow: State Sen. Linda T. "Toddy" Puller (D-Fairfax), who said late last week that all three campaigns had called in recent days to ask for her support, has decided to endorse fellow Sen. Creigh Deeds. Puller noted that she and Deeds were elected to the House of Delegates on the same day and have been deskmates in both the House and Senate chambers. She said she believed Deeds' rural roots would help him beat Repulican Bob McDonnell in the fall. "I also admire Brian Moran, but I think Creigh is the one who now has the momentum," she said. "I think he has a good chance to win the primary--and I think he's our best hope to beat Bob McDonnell in the fall" She said she believes Deeds' has...

By Rosalind S. Helderman  | June 8, 2009; 11:52 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Predictions of Low Turnout Continue

Here's more grist for the churning discussions about likely turnout for tomorrow's primary election. Fairfax County Elections Registrar Rokey W. Suleman II is officially predicting it'll be low in his neck of the woods. Suleman said that as of Saturday night, voters had mailed 1,679 absentee ballots, of which, 759 had been returned to the office. An additional 754 Fairfax residents had voted early in person as of Saturday night, an option available since May 18....

By Rosalind S. Helderman  | June 8, 2009; 10:03 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Election Day Forecast: Muggy, Afternoon Storms

The Capital Weather Gang reports that Tuesday isn't looking amenable to high turnout at the polls, particularly for those voters who wait until late in the day. The day is expected to be warm and humid with sporadically intense thunderstorms in the afternoon and evening. See the full forecast at the Capital Weather Gang blog, and watch for updates Monday and Tuesday....

By Christopher Dean Hopkins  | June 8, 2009; 9:18 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Top 10 House Fundraisers

If you're trying to figure out which House of Delegates races will be the most competitive in Tuesday's primary, and later this fall, just follow the money. Below find the 10 candidates that raised the most money in the two-month period that ended May 27, as compiled by the Virginia Public Access Project, a nonpartisan tracker of money in Virginia politics. You'll notice that seven out of the 10 are Democratic candidates. Is that a sign that the Democrats have more strength heading into fall elections? Maybe not. Of the 12 primaries on Tuesday, nine are among Democrats, including four in Northern Virginia, so they have to have money right away.. Democrats are working hard to regain control of the 100-member House, which has been in Republican hands since 1999. They have won 11 seats since 2003 and need to win six more to win the majority....

By Anita Kumar  | June 8, 2009; 6:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Reasons They Stayed Late

The candidate had just cleared out, but Charley Conrad kept going. It was past 9:30 on a Sunday night in a gutted Hollywood Video store and Conrad was hunting for a few final precinct volunteers with Arnold Schwarzenegger and Fred Flintstone eyeing him from ripped-up walls. A blue bucket sat on the floor to catch drips, and 51 brown paper bags were lined up, filed with Brian Moran signs and cheap cheddar crackers to keep poll workers moving Tuesday. Conrad heads a gay rights group, the Virginia Partisans, and met Moran when the former state delegate was recruiting candidates in Republican territory in Virginia Beach as Democratic caucus chairman. Moran fought against a constitutional amendment in 2006 banning gay marriage "Moran was out there on the firing line. He was standing up for us, and nobody really asked him to. He just saw how innately bad this was," Conrad said....

By Michael Laris  | June 7, 2009; 11:52 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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'You Don't Hear People Talking About It'

To understand what the words "Democratic stronghold" can mean, stop by Arlington's precinct 30. President Obama took 87.72 percent of the vote here in November, the best showing in the bluest county in Northern Virginia. It is places like this that the Democrat who wins on Tuesday will count on for support in November. But what are people thinking about the primary? For many, the answer on a beautiful Sunday evening as children dash through water fountains at Drew park, is: Not much of anything. "The governor's race, you don't hear a lot of talk about it," said former postal worker Jacqui Jackson, 43. "For the presidency, people were talking everywhere, just making conversation. It's kind of amazing. You don't hear people talking about it."...

By Michael Laris  | June 7, 2009; 7:53 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
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Deeds Campaigns in Hampton Roads

Democratic gubernatorial hopeful Creigh Deeds visited two African-American churches in the Tidewater area, meeting and greeting people but not giving formal remarks from a pulpit. At the Mount Calvary Baptist Church in Newport News, Deeds sat with his wife, Pam, as a member of the church gave a foot-stomping bluesy rendition of "Amazing Grace." Overhead was a mural of a white hand clasping a black hand and the words, "Each One, Reach One," What the crowd lacked in size--there were perhaps 100 people--they made up for in spirit. "We're trying to reach everybody," Deeds in an interview afterwards at another stop in Portsmouth. But Deeds also acknowledged that the potential impact of the black vote in Tuesday's Democratic primary is "huge." "That's where Terry's entire emphasis is," Deeds said. "So we'll see."...

By Anita Kumar  | June 7, 2009; 4:33 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  2009 Governor's Race, Brian J. Moran, Creigh Deeds, Election 2009, Robert F. McDonnell  
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Felons' Rights

It might seem like an odd rallying cry in a state that often takes a hard line on law-and-order matters. But today Democrats hammered at the issue to an enthusiastic response from the party's base. When Terry McAuliffe this morning called for restoring voting rights for released felons in a stump speech from a church pulpit, parishioners rewarded him with a standing ovation, my colleague Freddy Kunkle reports. It was a big applause line for Brian Moran at a church stop today as well. Mike Signer, an Arlington lawyer running against Jody Wagner in the lieutenant governor's race, has made the issue one of the pillars of his statewide campaign. Nearly all states but Virginia allow felons to vote after their debt to society has been paid, Signer said, and not doing so has kept large numbers of African American men from becoming full citizens of the Commonwealth again....

By Michael Laris  | June 7, 2009; 4:28 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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McAuliffe Visits Churches

Democratic gubernatorial candidate Terry McAuliffe was ushered to the front row of the Gethsemane Community Fellowship Baptist Church in Norfolk as its pastor, the Rev. Kirk T. Houston, Jr., belted out a rocking gospel number with backing from the choir. Then he introduced a young seminarian who was about to collect his degree from nearby Regent University--the university attended by GOP candidate Bob McDonnell. Called to the pulpit next, McAuliffe gave a hoarse but rousing stump speech, bringing many in the congregation of approximately 300 people to their feet when he promised to work for the automatic restoration of voting rights to convicted felons. "I want to make it crystal clear - I want to help people," McAuliffe said....

By Anita Kumar  | June 7, 2009; 3:58 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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The Home Stretch

They're racing from Baptist churches to a motel, country club, and sports bar. On their last weekend day to rally voters, it's all locomotion and geographic bobbing and weaving for the three Democratic candidates for governor. Here's some of where they have been and where they're going: Creigh Deeds attended services at Zion Baptist Church in Hampton before heading to Roger Brown's Restaurant and Sports Bar in Portsmouth. He's scheduled to meet voters at Giuseppe's Pizza in Petersburg this afternoon and a supporter's home in Richmond tonight....

By Michael Laris  | June 7, 2009; 3:13 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
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Scott: Yes, I Voted for Terry McAuliffe

There's been a lot of talk in recent days about whether U.S. Rep. Bobby Scott has actually endorsed Terry McAuliffe, since he's featured prominently in a McAuliffe mailer. Here's an answer, straight from the congressman's lips: "I haven't made a formal endorsement, but I voted on Saturday," he said in an interview. "Yes, I voted for Terry McAuliffe." Scott said he was attracted to McAuliffe's promise to create new jobs, his interest in energy policy and his plans to bolster early childhood education. "He's run a very aggressive race," Scott said. "The fact that he's doing as well as he's doing is a testament to the strength of his campaign."...

By Rosalind S. Helderman  | June 7, 2009; 2:09 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Moran Woos Black Voters

Democratical gubernatorial hopeful Brian Moran began his day at a small Baptist church in the Highland Park neighborhood on the north side of Richmond -- the same place his rival, R. Creigh Deeds, appeared two months ago. Only about 50 people attended the 8 a.m. service at Fifth Street Baptist Church, where the windows were adorned with stained glass and a yellow banner read "Bringing the Kingdom to the Community." Evelyn Morris-Harris, chairwoman of the Democratic Black Caucus of Virginia, invited Moran to her church of six years and introduced him to the congregation. "He's a family orientated man,'' she told them. "And we look for that. We need that. We need someone who understands what family is all about."...

By Anita Kumar  | June 7, 2009; 1:25 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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Where In The World Was Terry McAuliffe?

Porting snazzy technology to the campaign grind can net unexpected results. Take, for instance, Terry McAuliffe's campaign stop off the coast of Ghana. All he was trying to do was let everyone know about his town hall with chemical company workers outside Richmond. But he put himself in the hands of UberTwitter, software for mobile blogging from his Blackberry. "Great townhall meeting with employees at ChemTreat. Got lots of questions about my jobs plan," he Tweeted Thursday, linking to his location and an image of himself in a blue shirt surrounded by eager listeners. But the automatically generated Google map, fed by cell tower information ("No GPS hardware required," says UberTwitter), put his smiling mug in the sea off the Ghanaian capital of Accra. "Dunno what's up with twitter. First it says I'm in Bethesda, now I'm off the coast of Africa. We've been in VA all day," McAuliffe Tweeted...

By Michael Laris  | June 7, 2009; 12:59 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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Ground Games: Who Has the Edge?

Two hundred thousand. That's the astounding number of phone calls Terry McAuliffe's campaign says volunteers made on his behalf yesterday, as we reach the final hours before polls open for the Democratic primary Tuesday. For weeks, McAuliffe strategists have insisted they were building a massive get-out-the- vote network they would activate in the final days before the election. Now, they say it's up and running. And, despite tightening in the polls, they have remained confident their ability to reach out and touch potential voters, including those who voted for president last year but don't typically take part in local elections, is far beyond anything Brian Moran or Creigh Deeds can muster....

By Rosalind S. Helderman  | June 7, 2009; 10:34 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (10)
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Dampening Turnout

After millions of dollars spent, thousands of miles traveled, and much talk of chicken waste, coal-fired power plants, and pre-K, it looks like we may be headed for rain Tuesday. Our all-season colleagues over at the Capital Weather Gang have ginned up this forecast: "Showers and thunderstorms are likely both Tuesday and Wednesday (60% chance), especially in the afternoon and evening. High temperatures both days will be in the 80s with lows in the 60s," writes Chief Meteorologist Jason Samenow. The National Weather Service mirrors that outlook for Roanoke. Norfolk may be better off, with just a 30 percent chance of showers. But could the diehards courted by the campaigns using sophisticated databases and months of phone calls really be thrown off by a little rain?...

By Michael Laris  | June 7, 2009; 10:08 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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