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Chesterbrook Precinct: Deeds voters turning out, even if they think he'll lose

The early afternoon has been much quieter than the first seven hours of the day at the Chesterbrook precinct here in McLean. Only a few dozen people came through between 2 and 3 p.m. The crowd is starting to pick up as 4 p.m. approaches, and workers leave offices.

It appears that Deeds may have a narrow majority of those who showed up during this select period early this afternoon, based on interviews and a close watch of who takes the Republican or Democratic sample ballots.

While loyal Democrats are turning out, few Deeds voters are confident that their man will win - a trend that we have noticed throughout the day.

It seems that only about a dozen people younger than 35 have came to this polling site so far today.

One was Brad DuBose, a 20-year-old Deeds supporter who voted for President Obama last year. He said that the energy and enthusiasm, which powered Obama, has largely dissipated. In fact, he had just spoken with a young friend eligible to turn out, who would have supported Deeds, but will not.

"They feel like it's a waste of their time," he said.

Democrat John Elligers, 61, said he is "cautiously optimistic" that Democrats can make gains. The retired attorney for the federal government noted that Deeds came from behind to win in June's Democratic primary.

"If you actually got 100 percent of the voters in Virginia to turnout, Deeds would certainly win," he said, acknowledging that there were fewer people out than a year before.

Democrat Harry Panopoulos, 68, said he intends his vote for Deeds as an endorsement of President Obama - no matter the outcome of the race.

"I want to send a message that I'll go along," he said. "He's doing a good job."

By James Hohmann  |  November 3, 2009; 3:49 PM ET
Categories:  Election 2009 , Election Day '09: Chesterbrook Precinct  | Tags: Chesterbrook Precinct  
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