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'You Don't Hear People Talking About It'

To understand what the words "Democratic stronghold" can mean, stop by Arlington's precinct 30.

President Obama took 87.72 percent of the vote here in November, the best showing in the bluest county in Northern Virginia. It is places like this that the Democrat who wins on Tuesday will count on for support in November.

But what are people thinking about the primary?

For many, the answer on a beautiful Sunday evening as children dash through water fountains at Drew park, is: Not much of anything.


"The governor's race, you don't hear a lot of talk about it," said former postal worker Jacqui Jackson, 43. "For the presidency, people were talking everywhere, just making conversation. It's kind of amazing. You don't hear people talking about it."

She voted for Obama, collected articles for a presidential scrap book and bought volumes on both Michelle and Barack. But despite the three blue and yellow Terry McAuliffe signs at the park's entrance, she can't name any of the candidates for governor. She says she's focused on more intimate matters, like getting back into a medical assistant's course after recovering from an injury.

"We don't know where we're going from here. It's like we don't know what tomorrow's going to bring for us," Jackson said.

John Robinson was born just down the street on South Glebe, 74 years ago. Outreach in Northern Virginia has failed to touch many of his neighbors, he said.

"The Democrats didn't do a good job in the black community in Northern Virginia. A lot of people don't even know there's an election," Robinson said. That's the case even though whoever ends up in the Governor's mansion "touches us more" in terms taxes and other local policies, he said.


He's been working on anti-poverty programs and voter education in Arlington for more then four decades, and was planning to head out later this evening to pass out flyers supporting Andres Tobar, one of five Democrats running for the nomination in the 47th House of Delegates seat. Robinson said he doesn't love any of the three men running for governor, but is going to give Creigh Deeds a shot.

"He's alright," Robinson said. "I don't go for color. I go for credentials. You've got to vote for the person, not the color of his skin."

By Michael Laris  |  June 7, 2009; 7:53 PM ET
Categories:  2009 Governor's Race , Brian J. Moran , Creigh Deeds , Election 2009 , Terry McAuliffe  
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Really, I think we all are voter-fatique!


Posted by: danson1 | June 7, 2009 8:55 PM | Report abuse

The editors went with the classic "some say" for the headline of this blog post on the home page. I had to click the link to find out how you were able to get the exclusive interview with the elusive "some". I was relieved to see that construct was not used in the post itself.

Posted by: tailwagger | June 7, 2009 9:11 PM | Report abuse

Good grief! Do the people mentioned in this article not watch the local news? or read a local newspaper? Granted, there has not been much in the newspapers about the candidates for House of Delegates but there sure has been plenty of news (& campaign ads) about the 3 Democrats running for governor. I believe there was at least one debate broadcast on channel 8 not too long ago. No one has knocked on our door to give us info' about the candidates but could not miss what's going on just by watching TV or reading the paper this past spring. Maybe I'm just not reading between the lines here.

Posted by: Z914 | June 7, 2009 9:39 PM | Report abuse

I wish I lived in South Arlington! My neighborhood, mailbox, voice mail and e-mail have been inundated with appeals from the candidates for 47th district delegate, governor and lieutenant governor.

A particular award for chutzpah (or wastefulness?) goes to the canvassers who walk right past my "Andres Tobar" yard sign to leave their candidates' literature on my doorstep. Do you REALLY think that after commiting to displaying a yard sign, I'm going to change my mind?

Posted by: annegf | June 8, 2009 11:04 AM | Report abuse

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