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Anne Holton gets out the vote in Alexandria

Sandhya Somashekhar

Perhaps it was the intermittent rain today, but only about a dozen Democratic activists showed up this afternoon at Ben Brenman park in Fairfax County for a plea by First Lady of Virginia Anne Holton for volunteers to get out the vote for gubernatorial candidate R. Creigh Deeds and the entire Democratic ticket.

Delegates Charniele Herring and Dave Englin and Alexandria Vice Mayor Kerry Donley joined Holton by the big gazebo at the park, which sits on a former Army base south of Alexandria, for what was billed as a rally but ended up a more subdued affair. The group enjoyed a brief respite from the windy, wet weather on a day when volunteers for virtually every candidate on the ballot in Virginia would be out knocking on doors.

Holton told the gathered volunteers that it was imperative that they motivate the masses who turned out last fall to elect President Obama. More than 500,000 new voters registered last year, with most of those newcomers likely drawn into politics by the history-making race.

Republicans, she said, "are counting on those new voters not turning up," she said. "If the Democratic core voters turn out, and they will, if all the new voters turn out, then we will win."

By Sandhya Somashekhar  |  October 24, 2009; 5:00 PM ET
Categories:  2009 Governor's Race , Creigh Deeds , Election 2009 , Sandhya Somashekhar , Timothy M. Kaine  
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Umm...Ben Brenman Park is in Alexandria NOT Fairfax County

Posted by: leeh11281 | October 24, 2009 5:19 PM | Report abuse

And the former Army base (Cameron Station) was not south of Alexandria, it was IN Alexandria.

Posted by: Cosmo06 | October 24, 2009 7:36 PM | Report abuse

A dozen people showed up?! A dozen?! Who is Dirty Deeds' corner man, throw in the towel now!

Posted by: SMWE357 | October 24, 2009 9:25 PM | Report abuse

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