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Chesterbrook Precinct: Early votes trend McDonnell

The first vote cast at the Chesterbrook polling site in McLean this morning was for Republican candidate Robert McDonnell. Betsy Gadaire, a self-described independent conservative, wanted to get to her job as an office manager in the District by 6:30 a.m., so she lined up just before the polling place opened at 6 a.m.

She likes McDonnell personally, but his positions on the issues are more important to her.

"Stop spending money," she said. "We're killing our country with deficits."

Across about two-dozen interviews during the first hour of polling at the Chesterbrook Precinct, the early morning crowd seems to lean Republican. They are rushing through the polling place in dress clothes, hoping to cast their ballots so they don't have to wait in longer lines this evening.

She was one of several early voters who discussed national issues when asked about her votes on Virginia races. Several McDonnell voters said they want to send Obama a message.

There were several Creigh Deeds supporters who turned out early to vote though, too.

McDonnell's 1989 graduate school thesis sealed the deal for Jim Nedohan, a 54-year-old nonprofit executive who considers himself a conservative Democrat, who voted at 6:40 a.m.

"It was much more scary than even the negative advertisements were," he said, describing its sections on women and gays. "That's not an individual that I think represents the state of Virginia."

By James Hohmann  |  November 3, 2009; 7:46 AM ET
Categories:  Election Day '09: Chesterbrook Precinct  | Tags: Chesterbrook Precinct  
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