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Chesterbrook Precinct: Most Deeds voters aren't too confident

Democrats are definitely turning out to vote for Creigh Deeds here at the Chesterbrook precinct in McLean, but they are fewer in number than the Republicans and independents backing Robert McDonnell. And most aren't very confident that Deeds or Democrats down the ticket will perform well when the count is taken at the end of the day.

Nancy Trainer, a 36-year-old stay-at-home mom, voted for all the Democrats on the ballot, but she doesn't think they'll win. She said it's important to turn out so that the Republicans don't feel like they have an outsized mandate.

"It's going to be a very tough year for the Democrats, so it's important for us to show our support," she said, accompanied by her 5-year-old daughter Rachel.

Wally Larimore, a 66-year-old Democrat who supported Deeds in the primary and general election, is a statistician who runs his own small business from home. He's taking a "wait and see" approach, but he's the first to point to a series of indicators that it won't end well.

"Being a statistician myself, I do have some belief in the predictions," he said, referring to a recent Washington Post poll that shows Republican candidate Robert McDonnell ahead by a double-digit margin.

Brenda Frank, who works for the Fairfax County Democratic Committee, has been driving around to the 28 precincts in the Dranesville district of Fairfax County. She was the very face of defiance as she visited Chesterbrook.

"Polls? I don't care about polls. I care about winning. I allow no negativity among my volunteers," she said. "I personally disregard polls because if I cared about polls I wouldn't do as well as I do."

By James Hohmann  |  November 3, 2009; 8:56 AM ET
Categories:  Election Day '09: Chesterbrook Precinct  | Tags: Chesterbrook Precinct  
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