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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 can be found in Tuesday's rush of actual returns?

Here's one: The more conservative candidate trounced his more liberal opponents in left-leaning Arlington: Deeds, 47 percent; Moran 37 percent, McAuliffe 16 percent. But Deeds also hit 47 percent in Loudoun, which continues to have deeper conservative roots than some of Washington's closer-in suburbs. There Moran was at 23 percent and McAuliffe was at 30.

Take a look at the State Board of Elections results by county here. And go deeper by clicking on "Votes by Precinct" in each jurisdiction. Drop us a line in the comments about what you find.

By Michael Laris  |  June 10, 2009; 6:58 PM ET
Categories:  2009 Governor's Race , Brian J. Moran , Creigh Deeds , Election 2009 , Robert F. McDonnell , Terry McAuliffe  
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I am very happy with this primary election despite being a Moran supporter. I am proud, however, to point out that my Fairfax County precinct (Woodlawn - 627) voted 49% for Brian, and exactly 25% each for Creigh and Terry! I guess all that talking did the trick....too bad it didn't replicate all over the area....sigh.

But Creigh is a great guy and I cannot wait to work for him this fall!

Posted by: DouginMountVernon | June 11, 2009 12:43 PM | Report abuse

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