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Chesterbrook Precinct: McDonnell voters laud his transportation plan

Partisan volunteers say they're surprised by how small the line is here at McLean's Chesterbrook precinct at 6 p.m., considering that this is a time many people would normally begin stopping by after work. It's now chilly and dark outside, and some speculate that people may figure that the gubernatorial election isn't competitive.

Interviews suggest that Republican candidate Robert McDonnell and Democrat Creigh Deeds are running about evenly with this crowd in the penultimate hour of balloting.

Transportation is an issue that's important to many McDonnell backers, especially at this hour of night. Magaly B. Torres, 53 of McLean, is a Republican backing McDonnell. She's convinced Deeds would raise her taxes and wouldn't fix transportation problems.

"They raised our taxes too much, and we're not happy with that," she said. "I'm certain he would do it. The government already has a lot of money now so we need to stop that."

John Berik, a 36-year-old consultant, and his wife, Courtney, voted straight-ticket Republican. Asked why earlier in the afternoon, Berik cited the candidate's promise to widen Interstate 66 - which runs near here.

"That thing should have four lanes, not two," he said, "and it should have been that way 10 years ago."

By James Hohmann  |  November 3, 2009; 6:05 PM ET
Categories:  Election Day '09: Chesterbrook Precinct  | Tags: Chesterbrook Precinct  
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Ah yes, "66 should be widened and we refuse to pay for it." "Schools should continue to be top-rate, and we refuse to pay for it." "We should have Metro to Reston and we refuse to pay for it."

Enjoy your Republican gridlock, Virginia. Maybe the growth in liquor stores will ease the pain.

Posted by: hitpoints | November 3, 2009 6:30 PM | Report abuse

God, if people actually think Bob's transportation plan is good, Virginia is screwed. Taking money from the general fund to pay for roads is an awful idea. I guess we'll have more trailers for our schools or not moderanize the schools south of the rappahannock. And how do they propose to pay for the bonds Bob wants? More GF money? AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH

Posted by: notjoeabbey | November 3, 2009 6:32 PM | Report abuse

66 won't get widened. What an empty promise. Didn't Gimore and Earley try that angle? Residents around 66 are NOT going to let that happen.

And selling the liquor stores? 500,000,000 dollars? Then what? Where are you going to get the money after that half billion is gone? And it will be gone pretty quickly.

Posted by: Mobycat | November 3, 2009 6:43 PM | Report abuse

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