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. pmacdee

    Sarah,

    Time to pack the dog sled. It's a long ride home!

    October 13, 2008 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  2. Obama Our President, FL

    Ms Palin,
    To give our fighting men and women fighting in Iraq and Afghanistan the tools they need is PATRIOTISM
    To rebuild the Common Infrastructure is PATRIOTISM
    AND YES WE NEED TO PAY FAIR TAXES FOR THIS EFFORTS,
    THUS MAKING US PATRIOTIC BY PAYING OUR TAXES.
    WAKE-UP PEOPLE.

    OBAMA NOW, ABAMA NEXT

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

    Can we all vote early to show Ken and Barbie that their days are over!
    Ken go back to your mansions and Barbie go and shoot a moose!

    October 13, 2008 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  4. Maverick

    For all those who are wondering what McCain means when he calls himself a Maverick, the definition from his website is below:

    Maverick – McCain campaign spin for "My collegues in Congress don't like me because I am an arrogant, self-righteous jerk with an overblown sense of self-importance and entitlement; I take the position that anyone who disagrees with me in any way must be corrupt and unpatriotic, therefore I am the only person in the US government worthy of being president."

    Also being reported today, FactCheck.org has contacted the McCain campaign and recommended that in the interest of accuracy they need to change the name of their bus from The Straight Talk Express to "The Pandering Liar Express".

    They have also asked for suggestions from the public for other possible names. Any ideas?

    October 13, 2008 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  5. Susan

    Sarah, SHUT UP! Your 15 minutes of fame were over 15 minutes ago.

    October 13, 2008 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  6. Mike

    I work at NAS Oceana, and found slight insult she screwed up the name of the base. But I'm not voting for her, I'm voting for a war hero. What sacrifice has your boy Obama made for the country? Z-i-p.

    October 13, 2008 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  7. FreeNLovIt

    If you like a D student in ECONOMICS to lead the next four most horrible days of America, choose Palin! Otherwise join the DONKEYS!! They'll saddle you on their back through the mountains and you'll be fine.

    October 13, 2008 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  8. Anonymous

    I wonder who she is trying to convince...the voters of SE Virginia or herself?

    22 days is still a long time, so Obama does not have it in the bag as of yet. But it does seem that McCain/Palin are running scared.

    October 13, 2008 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  9. Tony

    If they're struggling to hang onto southern states that haven't gone blue in 40+ years, how can they possibly win enough swing states to win the electoral college? Obama has much less work to do to win, I've done the math and unless something truly outrageous happens, McCain can't win this.

    October 13, 2008 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  10. Peter in Virginia

    I just can't wait until Wednesday night !!! One would think that, after loosing to presidential and one vice presidential debates, that McCain would play it safe and not announce what he would do to Sen. Obama.

    While in my home state, he is going all over the place describing his misled plans, while Obama is hammering detail after detail on how to handle our problems.

    Can't wait until Nov 4 !!!!!

    October 13, 2008 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  11. Mary

    Let Sarah Palin do interviews where she has to think for herself-not just read prepared speeches and soundbite so the people can see if what former Bush speech writer, David Frum, said on CBS today is true. He said it definitely was a mistake to select Palin as VP. Frum also said it is obvious Palin has not thought about the important issues facing our country.

    October 13, 2008 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  12. Kevin, Little Rock

    Who's that guy standing with his arm cross? He must think he's cool or something.

    October 13, 2008 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  13. Lynne - Seattle

    I wonder who she is trying to convince...the voters of SE Virginia or herself?

    22 days is still a long time, so Obama does not have it in the bag as of yet. But it does seem that McCain/Palin are running scared.

    October 13, 2008 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  14. Teri

    I can't wait for this to be over! So if messiah Obama wins and starts to shut down the media and free speech, can I say I told you so?! Well, I can, but no one will be able to read it...

    October 13, 2008 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  15. RS

    There is nothing out of Palin's mouth that has validity. She stills thinks she didn't abuse power in Alaska. Just image her as VP and allowing Mr. Snow machine racer to answer that 3 AM phone call. Yep, sleep tight at night, your safe with McCain / Palin in charge.....NOT.
    Obama/Biden '08

    October 13, 2008 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  16. nina gygi

    We don't want someone who represents hate and intolerance, we need change, and Sarah, you and McCain are not it.

    October 13, 2008 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  17. Greg in AR

    Sarah Palin latest pitiful mud slinging tactic proves she is delusional, unscrupulous and willing to do anything to win. Her actions show that she believes that it is possible to pick up a turd by the clean end and throw it at her opponent and not get her hands dirty.

    Attack ads don't work

    Obama 08/12

    October 13, 2008 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  18. Mark

    What happened to the vitriol from last week? The "positive" approach is funny from someone like Palin since she is so much like Bush.

    October 13, 2008 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  19. Verouca Salt

    I'm curious if there are still Republican leaning undecideds out there. If so, please consider the issues. If you're unsure about Homeland security under Obama, ponder this:

    McCain vocally disagrees with the successful CIA program to take out al Qaeda leadership when [AQ is] located in northwest Pakistan, without alerting the local tribal authorities and Pakistani Intelligence, who have always WARNED OFF our targets in the past.

    Sen. Obama, by contrast, opposes giving al Qaeda sanctuary in Pakistan, and ardently supports this initiative.

    When McCain attacked Obama as niave for "wanting to bomb an ally", the very next day the CIA took out the #3 leader in al Qaeda with just such a raid, with a missile fired from a Predator drone. Coddling Pakistan's corrupt dictator for these eight years hasn't made us safer, and John McCain's simplistic continuation of this weak policy is just being Soft on Terrorism.

    Please post.

    October 13, 2008 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  20. Pat from Florida

    Where is Senator Mc Cain's FLAG PIN?????????????????????

    October 13, 2008 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  21. Beverly

    My son went to school at Hampton University in Hampton, Virginia. My guess is that town and the people around it are suffering enough economically and have no interest in supporting a continuation of eight years of Bush via McCain/Palin. Obama/Biden '08.

    October 13, 2008 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  22. AUC

    Does her plane ever land or does it just circle the airport????????

    Women are ready for you to go back to Alaska and leave the "free world" alone.

    Obama/Biden08/12

    October 13, 2008 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  23. Allen in Hartwell, GA

    As I understand it most of the military are supporting Obama. Can't say that blame them.

    MSGT, USAF, Retired

    October 13, 2008 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  24. georgia for Obama

    She hasn't the slightest idea of what she speaks.It's no wonder a growing group of Alaskans are calling for her impeachment.

    October 13, 2008 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  25. monique

    cnn why do you keep posting posting stories about palin! Just like in dating the honeymoon is over.... we have figured her out now and she is defiantely not a keeper! Get back to postings about OBAMA AND MCCAIN PLEASE!!

    October 13, 2008 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
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