Chesterbrook Precinct: Republicans say today is a referendum on Obama
When Republican supporters of candidate Robert McDonnell are asked why they voted, a surprising number here refer to "he" or "him." The folks at the Chesterbrook polling place in McLean are not talking about McDonnell or his Democratic rival, Creigh Deeds, but President Barack Obama.
McDonnell voter Christina Hoag, a 58-year-old who owns a catering business with about 25 employees, said that she hopes a Republican victory would slow the growth of government and send the message to Democrats that they don't have the mandate in Washington they think they do to remake the economy.
"There's anger right now within ourselves, and I think most of that comes from uncertainty and fear," she said. "As a nation, we've lost our optimism."
Michael Barron, 60, said he's a Republican who has been willing to vote for Democrats occasionally over the years. Not this year.
"It's not local politics that's driving this," he said. "I'm concerned with the Democrats in Congress and, mostly, I'm concerned with sending them a message."
Hoag said she's not as hard-core as others she knows. She voted for Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) last year, but she said she would have picked Hillary Clinton over McCain if she'd defeated Obama in the primaries. She supports good health-care coverage and nature preservation, but also wants to close the borders.
"Small businesses can't absorb what the government thinks we can absorb, especially in today's economy," she said. "I didn't trust Obama, but I didn't think he'd be this bad."
Del. Margaret Vanderhye (D), an incumbent facing a tough re-election battle against Republican challenger Barbara Comstock, said during her visit to the precinct that it's tough to get some voters to pay attention to local issues.
"People tend not to think about state government," she said. "The importance of local issues is a job of the delegate" to emphasize.
November 3, 2009; 1:00 PM ET
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