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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 on her door and they had a good discussion about neighborhooid issues. "She was thoughtful and respectful," she said. Her husband went with The Post's endorsements this year, opting for Hull and Deeds.

Tim Dokken, a 40-year old physical therapist who works for the public schools, says he like McAuliffe, in part because he thinks he would pump more money into education and scholarships. He voted for Kaye Kory because he serves on the Bel Air civic association in his neighborhood, where he has gotten to know her. "A name and a face is always good."

As for the lieutenant governors race, he said it was "a ballpark, here we go guess." He voted for "that Signer guy."

Peter Larson, 43, a nonprofit fundraiser, said he voted for experience. To him that meant Moran and Hull.

"Personally, I felt like the state is not blue enough for Democrats to be fighting each other in primaries," he said of the Hull-Kory race. The resources spent on the primary in a relatively safe Democratic district would have been better spent helping a Democrat take over a more contested area, he said. "There are plenty of close races in the state. If we pooled our energy," we could have more impact, he said.

David Starr, 51, an attorney, opted for Deeds for governor. "I wanted a candidate who could carry the state and maintain moderate views on some of the issues." He also supported Kory. "She's a change. Fresh air."

Nathan Monell, 52 and chief executive of an association, had a Brian Moran bumper sticker on the back of his Subaru. He said he was a long-time supporter and that he was impressed with Moran's work as a delegate and his ability to help get more Democrats elected and build support for the party.

He supported Kory, he said, because she knocked on his door. "She came to our house and talked to us."

Elizabeth White, 55, who identified herself as a Native Virginian said she voted for Deeds. "I don't care for carpetbaggers," she said of McAuliffe. She said Deeds would be more electable in the fall.

She supported Kory, someone she's known for a long time, she said. She said she supported Hull in the past, but did not think his service had been very "distinguished."

-- Michael Chandler

By Christopher Dean Hopkins  |  June 9, 2009; 3:35 PM ET
Categories:  2009 Governor's Race , Election 2009  
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