Chesterbrook Precinct: Deeds voters frustrated with Deeds
Many voters for Creigh Deeds here at the Chesterbrook precinct in McLean are to varying degrees, publicly and privately, expressing a range of dissatisfaction - from frustration to disdain - with the way that the Democrat ran his campaign after winning his party's June primary.
The line has thinned out here, and we're in the midday doldrums before an expected afternoon rush. Many voters - a majority of the perhaps 20 or so we spoke with in the last hour - are indeed backing Deeds, but they aren't particularly confident about his chances. And they're frustrated about what they expect will be a significant setback in their quest to build a self-sustaining Democratic coalition that can control the Commonwealth.
Greg McLerran, a 75-year-old Democrat, said he voted against Republican Robert McDonnell as much as he voted for Deeds, whom he described as a "terrible candidate" devoid of charisma.
"I didn't get the feeling he had any ideas," he said. "What's he planning to do? Every ad he ran on TV was always knocking another guy on his polices."
Democrat Tom Van Waver, 49, second-guessed the Deeds campaign decision to attack Robert McDonnell on social issues, like abortion. That made the race divisive and probably hurt Deeds more than it helped in parts of the state where he could have fared more strongly, the attorney said.
Others said that Deeds should have spent more time talking about the economy and emphasized social issues less.
Both McLerran and Van Waver voted for Deeds at this precinct in June because they thought the other two - Brian Moran and Terry McAuliffe - would not be good statewide candidates. They've both wavered a little in recent weeks.
"Hard to say," Van Waver said, as he left the polling place, musing over how he'd vote if the Democratic primary were held again today. "How badly would McAuliffe run? He definitely would have had a lot of money."
November 3, 2009; 1:16 PM ET
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