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Decent turnout, low enthusiasm at Saratoga Elementary School

Christopher Dean Hopkins

A line of voters waited to cast their balllots at Saratoga Elementary School in Fairfax County late Tuesday afternoon. The school is home to two precincts. Election officials said that 1,650 of 5,100 registered voters, or 32 percent, had cast their ballots at one precinct and 387 of 1,136 of registered voters or 28 percent at the other.

Saratoga voted almost equally for Republican Robert F. McDonnell and Democrat R. Creigh Deeds for governor in 2009, though Barack Obama received nearly 10 percent more of the vote in 2008 over Republican John McCain. Today most voters appear to be reluctantly supporting incumbent U.S. Rep. Gerry Connolly.

Al Friebe, who has lived in the area since 1992, cast a ballot for Connolly for the second time. He generally votes for Democrats. "I'm not particularly happy with the Democrats but I'm less happy with the Republicans,'' he said.

Friebe said he understands that people plan to vote for Republicans this year for a change, but that didn't sway him. "They can have all the anger they want," he said. "They're entitled."

Pat Brown, 73, who has lived in Fairfax for 35 years, said she voted for Connolly because she wants to see the president's policies passed, and it takes time to get things done. She generally votes for Democrats, but not always.

She said she didn't find the signs outside the school accusing Connolly of voting with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi 97 percent of the time offensive, even though that's the way Republicans meant them to be.

"Nancy Pelosi is the Speaker of the House and the leader of the party in the House. So what else is he supposed to do?" she asked.

Bob Ferguson, a retired school teacher, cast a ballot for Republican Keith Fimian over Democrat Rep. Gerry Connolly. He generally votes Republican and voted for Fimian in 2008 over Connolly.

Ferguson said he was sick of Democrats and Republicans blaming each other for everything, and wished independents could take over for a while so he wouldn't have to hear the partisan bickering. He said he voted for Fimian because he is ready for a change from the Democrats. "I am so tired of everything that's going on," he said.

By Anita Kumar  | November 2, 2010; 5:27 PM ET
Categories:  2010 Virginia Congressional Races, Anita Kumar, Election 2010, Fairfax County, Gerald E. Connolly, Keith Fimian  
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