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Moran Travels Home to Alexandria

Anita Kumar

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."

Later in the day, in a series of radio and television interviews broadcast from a studio in Loudoun County, Moran got tough against his two opponents. To a Richmond news station, Moran criticized Deeds for voting against a ban on guns in restaurants. He criticized McAuliffe, too, for boasting of job creation despite having never hired employees in Virginia.

"The polls have been very, very volatile," Moran said. "The only poll that counts is on Election Day. I feel real good about tomorrow."

By Anita Kumar  |  June 8, 2009; 5:09 PM ET
Categories:  2009 Governor's Race , Amy Gardner , Brian J. Moran , Creigh Deeds , Election 2009 , Terry McAuliffe  
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Get ready to finish third, Brian. If the turnout in NOVA does indeed come out to be low, then I think it's easy to call your campaign strategy a complete failure that political consultants should learn from. Moran finally makes it to Southern Virginia just two days before the primary. In a campaign stop here in Martinsville, he had not even ten people come see him speak at a local country club. The even worst part is that he's endorsed by the House Minority Leader, Ward Armstrong, who represents this district. I have yet to see the first Moran ad run in the Roanoke market. This sort of campaign strategy is bad enough for a general election, but it's just awful for a primary.

Posted by: dnance274 | June 8, 2009 7:41 PM | Report abuse

dnance274 I think you've got your facts wrong. Moran did not just appear in Southern Virginia 2 days before the primary. You are aware of this particular appearance because of media coverage. Media coverage that isn't paid for but which the local TV and newspapers decide at their own discretion to put out for the public.

The Washington Post reported McAuliffe is spending $53K a day on his campaign - most of it raised from out-of-state. A failure of strategy you say? And how about the Washington Post deciding to endorse Creigh Deeds a week ago. I can tell you that Northern Virginians couldn't pronounce his name or pick him out of a line-up prior to that. That's a failure of Moran's strategy?

Moran's campaign and his volunteers (of which I am one) worked hard to leverage what we had to work with. I've knocked on doors all over the City of Fairfax including 4 hours today. That's a great strategy! I converted 3 undecided voters to Moran today. The problem is that there aren't hundreds of other people like me doing the same thing all over the state. In the aftermath of this race, I'm sure the pundits will pick it apart and publish pages of their opinion. But as a Moran supporter and volunteer I have never doubted for one minute that I am backing the best Democratic candidate to be Governor of Virginia.

Posted by: csread | June 8, 2009 9:40 PM | Report abuse

csread, it's actually worse than dnance274 puts it.

By my calculations, based on the report from Ginny Wray at the Martinsville Bulletin, there were 5 or fewer potential converts at the Martinsville event.


Ms. Wray states that fewer than 10 showed up. She then goes on to list three of them, Attending were, the host, Ward Armstrong, the County Democratic Party Chair, and a former party official from a neighboring district. I'll go ahead and add the Chairman's wife, Paula Burnette, and the guy from Martinsville who drove Brian to and from the event, local blogger Jim White.

Less than 10 means no more than 9. Subtract those 5 and you get at most 4 potential converts.

4 votes? At an event arranged and hosted by the guy who claims to be the next Speaker? In Ward's own backyard?

Brian is toast in Henry County.

Posted by: altonfoley | June 8, 2009 10:37 PM | Report abuse

Bumb that, Altonfoley. Now will the Republicans actually run someone decent against Armstrong. If they don't attack him for endorsing the most liberal of the three candidates, then they don't deserve to beat him. The Dems better be glad Deeds won. I predicted this. McDonnell would've cleaned up everywhere in SWVA if McCauliffe or Moran won.

Posted by: dnance274 | June 9, 2009 10:17 PM | Report abuse

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