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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.

Her husband was next.

"He's simply the best person for the job," said Mark Pace, 73, a retired schools superintendent in Allegheny County.

Both said Deeds's character was an important factor in their vote, as was his lengthy experience in the legislature. They were also comfortable with his location near the middle of the ideological spectrum.

"I think Creigh cuts across the whole state. He's a moderate. He's not a conservative or a liberal," Mark Pace said.

Pace, 66, a retired schoolteacher, said that education, naturally, was an important issue on their minds. So was the recession. And both schools and jobs were interrelated, as some hard-hit districts trim budgets and staff.

"The economy, I think, is on a lot of people's minds," she said. "We hear people being cut off from their jobs -- not filling positions, and putting more children in classes." Before donning her rain coat and heading back out, Pam Pace said that her parents had taken Deeds to his his first Democratic Party committee meeting when he was in high school.

-- Fredrick Kunkle

By Washington Post editors  |  June 9, 2009; 9:50 AM ET
Categories:  2009 Governor's Race , Election 2009  
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Comments

I click an article called "Thunder, Lightning and Voting" and get a fluff article on Deeds?

Why didn't you go full-tilt with the 'He loves God' thing, instead you stopped short with the 'best man for the job' and 'man of principle'.

I know you guys endorsed him, but come on. It's election day, and this is in the news section -- not the opinion section.

Posted by: rat-raceparent | June 9, 2009 10:52 AM | Report abuse

Ha ha rat-raceparent. You were really expecting anything else from the Post? They like that their endorsement actually mattered. They've run a positive, fluffy story on Deedsvevery day for the last week. Notice that even though the headline talks about the weather they carefully avoided saying that the weather made for poor turnout, as it does everywhere. Instead they told you about two people voting for Creigh. They did not say that those may have been the only two people who voted all morning. They didn't actually lie, of course. They just failed to report that aspect altogether.

Posted by: xcrunner771 | June 9, 2009 11:18 AM | Report abuse

Dear rat-raceparent and xcrunner771, calm down please. The Post is filing a bunch of "vignette" pieces that don't take sides (when considered as a group of pieces) but give us a verbal snapshot of the scene at different polling places around the state.

It's too late for analysis, policy discussion, etc. The only news right now is the turnout, the weather, and random quotes from random voters. Other pieces in this same running account are equally favorable to Moran or McAuliffe, so it all evens out.

These are just ways to keep us busy with a sense of what's happening out there, without tipping the balance to favor any one candidate -- when you consider ALL the pieces, not just this single one. In a word, vamping. I for one appreciate it.

Image a slideshow of snapshots from the day. It's like you are angrily commenting on a nice photo of Deeds, when the slideshow has nice ones of all three. Don't be silly.

Posted by: fairfaxvoter | June 9, 2009 4:55 PM | Report abuse

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