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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.

Terry McAuliffe spent part of the morning at the New Light Full Gospel Baptist Church in Virginia Beach before moving on to launch canvasses at the Days Inn in Norfolk and a field office in Roanoke. He's scheduled to meet voters this afternoon at Robert S. Payne Elementary School in Lynchburg before hitting a barbeque at Virginia Intermont College in Bristol.

Brian Moran was in the pews at First Street Baptist Church in Richmond before going off to a Democratic rally at the Chatmoss Country Club in Martinsville. He's scheduled to speak to at the Dumas Center performance venue in Roanoke, before ending the day meeting volunteers at his Arlington headquarters at 8:30.

By Michael Laris  |  June 7, 2009; 3:13 PM ET
Categories:  2009 Governor's Race , Brian J. Moran , Creigh Deeds , Election 2009 , Terry McAuliffe  
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The party that wins the previous year's presidential contest loses the Virginia Governor's race. It's been true since 1972.

72 Nixon (R), 69 Godwin (D)
76 Carter (D), 77 Dalton (R)
80 Reagan (R), 81 Robb (D)
84 Reagan (R), 85 Baliles (D)
88 Bush (R), 89 Wilder (D)
92 Clinton (D), 93 Allen (R)
96 Clinton (D), 97 Gilmore (R)
00 Bush (R), 01 Mark Warner (D)
04 Bush (R), 05 Kaine (D)
08 Obama (D), 09 ________ (__)

Fill in the blank, but getting it right won't make you a genius.

Posted by: blasmaic | June 7, 2009 6:01 PM | Report abuse

Virginia Republicans, Go to the polls on Tuesday and vote for moron. He is the weakest link. McCarpetbagger can get money from the clintons and soros. Deeds, a good man, will have a lot of support in Southern Virginia. But moron...please, dirty, corrupt, and stupid, your typical liberal, is the one we want to run against.

Posted by: 2xy4k9 | June 7, 2009 6:35 PM | Report abuse

blasmaic, great post. I can't come up with a good reason why the effect you've remarked upon should occur, but it's a heck of a coincidence if it's nine coin flips all coming up "tails".

On another note, just how many Baptists are there in Virginia? Based on the polician's schedules, you'd think that there would be at least 12 accidental drownings in Virginia churches each year (no offense intended to Baptists).

Posted by: douglaslbarber | June 7, 2009 6:48 PM | Report abuse

By the way, why is it that these politicos always go to barbecues and pizza joints during campaigns, and once elected, try to outlaw all foods except arugula and rutabagas? There's a metaphor of the way our democracy doesn't quite work right in there somewhere.

Posted by: douglaslbarber | June 7, 2009 7:02 PM | Report abuse

Gee, 2xy4k9, aren't you witty to think of calling Moran "moron." And what a clever, original idea to urge your fellow Republicans to make mischief in the Democratic primary. Reading your post, it is hard to understand why the country has turned so decisively against the GOP.

Posted by: lydgate | June 7, 2009 7:13 PM | Report abuse

History does seem to be against Democrats this year, given our strength in the White House. That's why it is so important to elected the candidate who can bring Democrats all across the Commonwealth together -- and the only candidate that can do that is Creigh Deeds.

Posted by: gretchenlaskas | June 7, 2009 7:44 PM | Report abuse

Whenever Virginia has voted its 12 electoral votes to a democratic candidate, it has the elected a Democratic Governor

2008- Virginia's 12 electoral votes to Obama
2009 - Virginia will elect Democrat Terry McAuliffe

Posted by: patgdc | June 7, 2009 10:26 PM | Report abuse

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