October 13th, 2008
03:01 PM ET
6 years ago

Palin: Election will run through southeast Virginia

McCain and Palin held a rally in Virginia Beach earlier Monday.
McCain and Palin held a rally in Virginia Beach earlier Monday.

VIRGINIA BEACH, Virginia (CNN) – With several recent polls showing Barack Obama gaining ground in southeastern Virginia, Sarah Palin boldly told a crowd of supporters Monday that the entire presidential election may hinge on this diverse but Republican-leaning part of the commonwealth.

Watch: Palin pumps up the VA crowd

"This election is going to come right down to the wire here, and it’s pretty clear that the road to victory in 2008, it's going to run right through the Hampton Roads,” Palin said. “We’re counting on the people of America's First Region to help us send John McCain to the White House. Yes! Virginia are you ready to help carry this state to victory?”

The crowd’s noisy reaction suggested they were. But recent polling suggests that this year’s presidential race will be tighter than usual in southeastern Virginia, leading some observers to predict that the battleground state’s 13 electoral votes could be decided here.

Hampton Roads, a sprawling and populous region comprised of Tidewater cities including Williamsburg, Norfolk and Virginia Beach, is a demographic melting pot of conservative Christians, African-Americans and military families. The 4,300 acre Naval Station Norfolk is the largest naval installation in the world, and Virginia Beach is the state’s largest city.

CNN’s most recent poll of the commonwealth, conducted September 28-30, showed Obama with a 57-40 lead over McCain in southeast Virginia. (In the context of this poll, southeast Virginia encompasses not just Hampton Roads, but also some inland counties that may include larger populations of African-Americans.) A Mason-Dixon poll of registered voters released on October 1, suggested a statistically insignificant 47-46 lead for McCain in Hampton Roads.

Democratic Senator Jim Webb, a decorated war hero, defeated Republican George Allen in Southeast Virginia by six points in 2006, but John Kerry lost the region by three points to George W. Bush in the 2004 presidential election.

Obama’s campaign has worked furiously to register African-Americans in the region, especially in cities with major black populations, like Norfolk and Newport News. McCain’s campaign is confident that the GOP nominee’s military background will be enough to carry him in the region on November 4.

Unfortunately for Palin, her botched pronunciation of “Norfolk” likely won’t go unnoticed by the locals.

“Very good to be here in the home of the Naval Station Nor-fork, yeah, and the Naval Air Force Station also, Oceana,” she said.


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soundoff (253 Responses)
  1. Doug

    Her 15 minutes are over.

    I was just in Georgia over the weekend. Georgia is a great state and I have many friends there. However, they are as politically red as their state is in general right now. I could not believe the paranoia and nagativity directed at Obama. They speak almost fearfully of him. Just crazy.

    There is no doubt a country-widen undercurrent of that sentiment. Hopefully, those folks will put their emotions aside and realize that Obama is the only difference maker in this election.

    October 13, 2008 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  2. President Barack Obama

    After Barack " Whips McClowns's Behind" at this final debate Wednesday Night, Barack's will begin to increase his lead as we we get closer to election day. It cant get here fast enough....So sick of hearing McDubya and Betty Boop Palin.

    Barack Your Vote 08!

    October 13, 2008 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  3. JD FROM NEW YORK

    22 MORE DAYS AND WE WON'T HAVE TO HEAR SARAH PALIN ANYMORE....SHE REALLY MAKES ME SICK.....

    October 13, 2008 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  4. Eric

    Pandering much?

    October 13, 2008 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  5. MERLE7

    I WANT KNOW MORE ABOUT TO MORE ABOUT THE PALIN'S CONNECTION TO AIP;SINCE SHE IS TRYING TO PAINT OBAMA AS UNAMERICAN

    October 13, 2008 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  6. Palin is a Patriot Act

    Yes, the Obama Express is coming right through Virginia. All aboard!

    October 13, 2008 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  7. REDNECKS LOVE OBAMA

    It's running through FLORIDA too..... and I just voted for 0-B-A-M-A
    Florida will be BLUE THIS YEAR.

    October 13, 2008 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  8. voter

    Isn't the southwest of va what McCain's brother called communist? that will work real well with the virginans in the southeast. not.

    October 13, 2008 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  9. Brenda in Detroit

    oh please! who cares what she has to say? really, she is so over...she can only hope she still has a gig to go back to in Alaska when she is done on the reality show circuit aka the republican party – I hear there is talk of recalling her in Alaska.

    October 13, 2008 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  10. Glenn Doty, Columbia, SC

    It MAY depend on Virginia... Or it might depend on Ohio, or Florida, or North Carolina, or Missouri, or Colorado, or Nevada, or even Indiana, Mississippi, or West Virginia...

    All of the above are possible swing states. You won't see one single state that was carried by Gore in the swing state column. It's all defense for mccain/idiot, and any state that flips is a loss for him.

    Based on current polling, Obama is winning 7 of the above states, in some cases by very large margins.

    So yes... it COULD come down to Virginia, as idiot suggests... But it's probably going to be a landslide victory with more than a 100 electoral votes spread..

    October 13, 2008 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  11. Linda Schatzer

    Well would someone tell Palin to tell the truth for once. Obama didnt say "why punish our kids with a baby" to abortion...he said it to sex education for kids. So Palin learn your facts ok.

    October 13, 2008 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  12. Fritz

    McCain/Palin are terrified. If they are worried that they cannot carry the most right leaning district in a right leaning state, they should be terrified.

    October 13, 2008 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  13. Kay

    And we're still waiting for a plan....you only have 22 days left.

    October 13, 2008 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  14. Roxanne

    I imagine she feels badly. It hurts to feel used, doesn't it Sarah?? You've ruined your political career (I use the term career lightly) even Alaskians are wondering why the hell you're their Governor at this point. Say a few more unnecessary 'that's and 'there's' for a gal who attended ALOT of colleges, has a degree in Journalism- you're talking and speaking skills SUCK girlfriend that there that there!!

    October 13, 2008 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  15. therealmarie

    Why are they still letting her speak???

    October 13, 2008 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  16. KM in OHIO

    Your cries for "victory" in Virginia and elsewhere are as empty as your cries of "victory" in Iraq. Delusional Republicans – you better be sitting down come November 4.

    October 13, 2008 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  17. Tim

    So McCain can't draw a crowd without Palin at his side and Palin can't be trusted to speak without papa McCain at her side. Too bad their isn't a "Best Babysitter" award! I'd vote them in in a second....

    October 13, 2008 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  18. Andre

    Ask her about the prolonged three minute booing she received at the Flyers game.

    October 13, 2008 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  19. Myrna Ulrich

    BYE BYE BARACUDA AND MC SHAME.. YOU ARE DONE !! GO BACK AND CRAW BACK INTO THE ROCKS WHERE YOU CAME FROM .!! HOPEFULLY WE WILL NOT HEAR FROM YOU AGAIN ANY TIME SOON.. OBAMA /BIDEN 08

    October 13, 2008 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  20. Tony

    HEY ANN.

    PALIN IS STILL TALKING JUST AS INCOHERENTLY AS EVER.

    October 13, 2008 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  21. FL for Obama

    I am a registered Republican...SCARED TO DEATH of McCain/Palin. I have voted Republican since 1980, but not this year. Just the thought of Palin with the remotest chance of becoming President of the United States should frighten EVERYONE into voting for Obama/Biden. She ABUSED HER POWER and BETRAYED the PUBLIC TRUST. Haven't we had enough of that over the past 8 years? Americans, please wake up. We simply cannot suffer any more!

    Obama/Biden '08/12

    October 13, 2008 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  22. GB, Elgin, Texas

    BOTH Obama and McCain bend the truth, exaggerate, and outright lie. They are politicians, that's second nature to them. Anyone who thinks either is the end-all, be-all is living in a dream world. McCain had a shot at Prez, until he went so negative. That, and his supporters shouting things like "Kill him!" in reference to Obama have sunk his ship, IMHO. Most folks don't think too highly of that type of behavior, especially from so-called Christians. You don't like a particular candidate, vote for someone else and leave it at that. Stop preaching hate, folks; at the very least, don't do it in the name of Christianity. You do a lot of damage to religion with that kind of talk/behavior, and, boy, do we need some faith these days!

    October 13, 2008 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  23. David Orbach, New York, NY

    So Hamptons Roads is where the "good guys" live, I guess?

    October 13, 2008 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  24. Donna

    Is Todd Palin running for an office? He is more shots than John McCain....

    October 13, 2008 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  25. Pam

    Doesn't the election run through all the states? Did I miss something?

    October 13, 2008 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
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