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Deeds: 'We got 'em just where we want them'

State Sen. R. Creigh Deeds gave his final plea tonight to his supporters, promising a victory if they could bring out the same voters that put Virginia in the win column for President Obama.

In describing his longshot odds, Deeds told the story of Lt. Gen. Chesty Puller, the father of state Sen. Toddy Puller (D-Fairfax), who fought behind enemy lines in December 1950 during the Korean War.

"Chesty said the enemy was in front of us, their behind us, they're on our right, they're on our left," said the Bath County Democrat as he stood behind a banner that read, "All In For Virginia." "And we got 'em just where we want them. We're going to win this thing!"

More than 150 people crowded into Alexandria's Market Square for the rally near vote-rich Fairfax County, with many of the politicians in attendance extolling the potential impact of the last-minute Obama surge voters while decrying polls showing a possible GOP top-ticket sweep.

"I'm very concerned -- scared even -- about what this election would mean to the progress we've made if our opponents are elected," said Del. Vivian E. Watts (D-Annandale), who is running for re-election.

Del. David Englin (D-Alexandria) asked supporters to "drag and cajole" Democrats to the voting booth, emphasizing the importance of the governor's race.

"We keep hearing the race is over, that our candidate can't win," Englin said. "Well, the race isn't over until the polls close tomorrow."

Joining Deeds and Kaine were Virginia Democratic Sens. Mark Warner and Jim Webb, U.S. Rep. Jim Moran (D-Va.) and former Del. Brian Moran, who Deeds defeated in the gubernatorial primary.

Kaine said his underdog status in 2005, along with come-from-behind victories for several other Virginia Democrats during the past decade, show Deeds can squeak out a win. The Virginia Democratic party's legacy, he said, would be defined by how its leaders respond to the unforeseen issues facing the state, noting his administration's handling of the Virginia Tech shooting during his term.

Kaine, the Democratic National Committee chairman, kept things optimistic, saying Deeds had a shot at taking the governor's mansion.

"What we've got to do now between now and tomorrow night isn't anything new, there's no magic, we just have to keep doing what we've been doing," he said. "Let them have the money and the polls and the pundits and let us have the people power."

By Derek Kravitz  |  November 2, 2009; 9:28 PM ET
Categories:  Creigh Deeds  
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Comments

Alexandria's Market Square is in, ummm, Alexandria, not Fairfax County ...

Posted by: Yankeesfan1 | November 3, 2009 1:46 AM | Report abuse

You win this round, Yankeesfan1 ... will change to say *near* Fairfax.

Posted by: Christopher_Dean_Hopkins | November 3, 2009 2:07 AM | Report abuse

Is it true Creigh Deeds and the Washington Post are shopping a book about this campaign?

I hear the title is, “Ready . . . Fire . . . Aim”.

Posted by: WeThePeopleofVirginia | November 3, 2009 7:03 AM | Report abuse

Wasn't Chesty Puller, Toddy's father-IN-LAW? Does anyone at the WaPo check anything on this blog?

Posted by: JohnnyVegas2 | November 3, 2009 9:01 AM | Report abuse

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