October 27th, 2008
04:44 PM ET
5 years ago

Battle for Virginia shifts to getting voters to the polls

Gov. Sarah Palin, the GOP vice presidential nominee, campaigns in Fredericksburg, Virginia, Monday.
Gov. Sarah Palin, the GOP vice presidential nominee, campaigns in Fredericksburg, Virginia, Monday.

(CNN) – In the final days before the election, the strategy in battleground Virginia has shifted from getting people registered to making sure they show up to vote.

"The war's being waged in Virginia," said Michael McDonald, associate professor of government and politics at George Mason University and a visiting fellow at the Brookings Institution. "You're seeing both campaigns out in force with their lieutenants and grunts on the ground trying to get people to vote."

Watch: Democrats and Republicans wage ground war in Virginia

With 310,530 new voters registered in Virginia, a whole new group of voters could decide the election in the commonwealth.

Virginia has voted Republican in every presidential race since 1968, but the latest CNN poll of polls calculated Monday shows Barack Obama with a 7-point advantage over John McCain, 51-44 percent, with 5 percent saying they're undecided.

The McCain and Obama campaigns, along with the help of third-party organizations like the AFL-CIO, and women's groups for McCain-Palin have been going door-to-door, making phone calls, handing out literature, and sending text messages to ensure voters know where to go and vote next Tuesday.

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Filed under: Candidate Barack Obama • Joe Biden • John McCain • Sarah Palin
soundoff (168 Responses)
  1. Kate

    Get out there and VOTE Obama supporters! Only we can make this happen! :-D

    October 27, 2008 05:49 pm at 5:49 pm |
  2. Michael in Houston

    Come on Virginians, go blue. Remember, for all you in the larger cities, Sarah Plain said that you are not real Americans. Go and show her and McCain what a real vote against them looks like, since they only believe the real americans live in towns less than a thousand.

    October 27, 2008 05:50 pm at 5:50 pm |
  3. -K&H-

    I find it funny that if the Republicans don't let those votes count it will count against McCain since he actually is favored by the active serving men and women in Iraq. As least that is what the statics say it is favorable to him. So count or don't the votes it will bit you in the end McCain. VA is Obama country. LOL

    October 27, 2008 05:51 pm at 5:51 pm |
  4. Brian G, Sugar Land, TX

    You betcha. Git them there voters out to the polls. 'Cause they most likey are gonna be votin' for Obama. You betcha.

    October 27, 2008 05:53 pm at 5:53 pm |
  5. UNION WORKERS FOR MCCAIN

    Voter reg does not translate 100% into votes!!!!! GO McCain-Palin!!!!! Down with the demo-tards. Enough of this socialism and far left Barack talk.

    October 27, 2008 05:54 pm at 5:54 pm |
  6. Nimi from NY

    Please every one should go and vote for every vote counts. It doesn't make any sense to register and not vote. One vote could decide an election. I wish we have early voting in NY, I would have voted already. I can't wait for Nov 4 to get here so I can vote. Please go vote Virginians.

    October 27, 2008 05:54 pm at 5:54 pm |
  7. Billy

    Any comment from Palin about her felon buddy, Stevens? You know, the felon that started her state-wise political career? Palin buddies around with felons.

    October 27, 2008 05:54 pm at 5:54 pm |
  8. VA

    Dems, this is our chance. Let's tell McCain and Divas they will have to wait till 2016 before they can ruin our economy again. Go and VOTE!!!

    October 27, 2008 05:54 pm at 5:54 pm |
  9. Obama needs to get paid

    Vote HIGHER TAXES ... Pay your fair share!!!

    Vote SOCIALIZED HEALTH CARE ... It's our right!!!

    Vote OFFSHORE BUSINESS ... Raise their costs to operate here!!!

    Vote WEAKER DEFENSE ... we just need stronger lawyers!!!

    Vote BARACK OBAMA!!!

    Paid for by Barry the Socialist for the Reformed America

    October 27, 2008 05:55 pm at 5:55 pm |
  10. Navy Veteran - Norfolk, Virginia The NorVA

    Navy Virginia Veteran here, and count this vote for the DEMS, all DEM!

    I am a Navy Veteran, who's pro-American from Real Virginia. Been patient the last eight years through all the corruption, lies, insults and greed.

    On November 5th, the GOP will be reminded who they work for.

    Dedicated to help Turn Virginia Blue!!!

    October 27, 2008 05:56 pm at 5:56 pm |
  11. Paying Attention

    Gov. Palin should be ashamed of herself. I think she has put Senator Obama in danger with her rhetoric. Senator Obama is not a terriorist or a socialist.

    She needs to make a public statement that Senator Obama is a good honorable man. She needs to stop the nonsense and talk about McCain campaign policy. Palin sell your policy and quite trying to tear others down.

    I do not respect her anymore. She has put a man in danger due to her lies. Lying is a sin Gov. Palin.

    October 27, 2008 05:56 pm at 5:56 pm |
  12. Cindy

    Come on Virginia! You can do it! Yes you can!

    Obama/Biden 08!!!

    October 27, 2008 05:56 pm at 5:56 pm |
  13. Independent Vote

    The battle in every state is getting people out to vote. I have never understood why people don't vote-it's like leaving your future in the hands of strangers.

    Just think how different the nation would be if everyone were involved.

    October 27, 2008 05:57 pm at 5:57 pm |
  14. Mobius

    But...but....but.....CNN has already proclaimed Obama victory weeks ago.

    We can all stay home next Tuesday! Yay!

    October 27, 2008 05:57 pm at 5:57 pm |
  15. FactCheck

    How will the RNC manage to try to "purge" all the Democratic votes in Virginia this year? It would be funny if it weren't so true.

    October 27, 2008 05:57 pm at 5:57 pm |
  16. Texas Mom for Obama

    Spread the word and vote early! Don't wait for election day, because anything can happen. Traffic, sickness, family emergency, anything, so please don't wait. The GOP is trying to steal this election as we type! Not this year, and not this time, please early vote!!

    October 27, 2008 05:59 pm at 5:59 pm |
  17. Eric

    Wrong... Military members are more democratic... thank about it, the majority of Military members come from "Fake America," you know, the Urban areas.

    McCain is not going to win the Military vote, trust me.

    October 27, 2008 05:59 pm at 5:59 pm |
  18. Texas Straight Talker

    I choose the candidate who embraces ALL americans with no reservations as to race, creed or color. I choose the candidate who has stayed on message and constantly reminded us of the opportunities we have to make a real difference in this country if we all work together to do so. I choose the candidate who has not allowed the unfair attacks launched by the other party to cause him to lash back but continued to fight on for a cause that is obviously greater than his own. I choose Senator Barrack Obama for the next President of the United States and absolutely nothing would change the best decision I have made in a very long time!

    October 27, 2008 05:59 pm at 5:59 pm |
  19. Douglas, Los Angeles California

    The time has come. Now we the people will make our choice.

    Obama/Biden 08

    October 27, 2008 06:00 pm at 6:00 pm |
  20. Red, Red WHINE!!

    Palin and her pal Stevens, another felon should campaign together! Hey, he could get some free clothes from the tax payers that way!

    October 27, 2008 06:00 pm at 6:00 pm |
  21. Australia

    I just took a look at the stats available in CNN for early votes and they all show with almost a 2-1 ratio for democrats. INCLUDING LOUSIANA!

    I feel a landslide coming along!

    October 27, 2008 06:00 pm at 6:00 pm |
  22. GA Independent

    So, Palin who pals around with felons... (you betcha, I couldn't resist that one!) have you found the "Real" Virginia yet?

    It's a glorious shade of blue with people that have big smiles because they have finally found the light.

    Go Obama/Biden!

    October 27, 2008 06:00 pm at 6:00 pm |
  23. Brian

    Didn't they say that rural Virginians can vote on Wednesday, Nov. 5?

    October 27, 2008 06:00 pm at 6:00 pm |
  24. Independent white female patriotic voter

    VA and every toss up state is going to go to Obama if Mccain and Palin keep up their negative attacks. Their message of "Joe the plumber" though was catchy, it is a very poorly spun message. The plumber will get more bnefits ut of Obama, so what are they really saying? Their tax cuts are for the wealthiest americans not or plumber and builders and hair dressers etc...enough with the bull. Obama has given us every reason to trust him, believe in him and be on board with his plans for our economy. He has brought together the brightest minds to put together an economic summit to address our economy and the solutions we can expect to help us.
    Americans are smarter than Mccain thinks and especially smarter than Palin thinks and we will not ask for another four years of the BUsh/Mccain economic policies. If Mccain and Palin cannot work together now, how can we expect them to work together for four years in the white house. They are too power driven with no solutions in place. Thanks but no thanks!

    October 27, 2008 06:01 pm at 6:01 pm |
  25. MissouriMom

    What's WITH the McCain campaign? Are they just poor readers, slow to understand words or comprehend them? Or just pathological liars?

    Why are they SO okay with taking a few words out of context and using them as a lie? Do they REALLY think America is so stupid to not realize a lie when being fed to them?

    Look John... we're sorry you are so old. We're sorry you feel like this election is OWED to you. But you are an angry, bitter man who literally might be suffering from PTSD. Get some help. Every word out of your mouth has become some bitter made-up slogan, nasty innuendo or outright lie.

    It's unbecoming for a presidential candidate. Hell, it's unbecoming for a real MAN.

    October 27, 2008 06:01 pm at 6:01 pm |
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