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. Independent

    BE A PART OF THE SOLUTION, NOT A PART OF THE PROBLEM

    VOTE OBAMA/BIDEN 08

    VOTE EARLT, I HAVE ALREADY VOTED, INDEPENDENT FOR OBAMA

    October 27, 2008 06:46 pm at 6:46 pm |
  2. Dealt, Lisbon

    Obama gave a speech today. Still, I turn on CNN and all I see is senator McCain and those two Barbies... the VP and her blonde View keeper. What's happening? Is CNN afraid of being accused of redistrbution too?

    October 27, 2008 06:46 pm at 6:46 pm |
  3. S. Boatman

    Vote For Obama And Turn Your State Blue!

    October 27, 2008 06:47 pm at 6:47 pm |
  4. Nelson

    It seems the only comments allowed on this blog is pro Obama/Biden, After spending 20+ years in the MARINE CORPS AND THEN READING THESE COMMENTS ONLY ANGRY AND BITTERNESS ATTACKS TOWARDS THE McCain/Palin seem to be printed.

    October 27, 2008 06:48 pm at 6:48 pm |
  5. Laidetea

    Well, I hope the undecided notices that Sen. Steven supported Palin, so that means Palin was running with a bad crowd from the beginning. Palin's average "Joe" attitude is about to take a hard nose dive along with anyone else who's affiliated with the Alaskan Senator/Gov.

    Obama/Biden 08

    October 27, 2008 06:49 pm at 6:49 pm |
  6. Dal CA

    The top newspaper in the home state of Republican vice-presidential candidate Sarah Palin has endorsed Democratic candidate Barack Obama for president.
    Alaska's Anchorage Daily News, said governor Mrs Palin was "too risky" to be one step away from the presidency.

    OK McCain backers listen and think clearly.

    October 27, 2008 06:49 pm at 6:49 pm |
  7. Brian

    So it's OK to be eloquent and a great speech maker if you are Ronald Reagan, but if you are Barack Obama, you are misleading and an empty suit? What gives?

    October 27, 2008 06:50 pm at 6:50 pm |
  8. ED

    I can't wait for this to be over and Obama/Biden are our saviours! I'm so sick sick sick of McCain/Palin lies and smears . . . over and over and over again. ENOUGH!

    October 27, 2008 06:50 pm at 6:50 pm |
  9. Leon

    Redistrubution of wealth is reparations in disguise.

    October 27, 2008 06:51 pm at 6:51 pm |
  10. NR

    WELCOME TO THE OBAMA SHOW,
    I thought Texas voted for Bush as Governor and twice for Presidency. When you says, " TEXAS VOTERS ARE NOT THAT GULLIBLE TO VOTE FOR OBAMA", you talking about some other Texas that we don't know.

    October 27, 2008 06:51 pm at 6:51 pm |
  11. tee

    Welcome to the Obama Show

    If you say something intelligent, we might listen. You say Obama has skeletons, but you don't mention them. Please enlighten me. factual, not the same stuff your candidate and his sidekick is spitting out.

    October 27, 2008 06:52 pm at 6:52 pm |
  12. Betty, Virginia

    BLUE BLUE BLUE VIRGINIA!!!! WOO HOO!!!!

    Hey WELCOME TO THE OBAMA SHOW :
    Here's the big difference... we're voting FOR our candidate. The majority of your people are voting against him instead of FOR your candidate. We're excited, you're scared.

    Happy to have switched parties! Obama 08

    October 27, 2008 06:52 pm at 6:52 pm |
  13. Camden from mt

    Mccain-Palin supporters you are weak minded tools! You too can be intellectual by hopping on the Obama Express and riding it all the way until November 4th. DO IT!

    Obama-Biden 08

    October 27, 2008 06:52 pm at 6:52 pm |
  14. jd

    Dozens Of Call Center Workers Walk Off Job In Protest Rather Than Read McCain Script Attacking Obama
    By Greg Sargent – October 27, 2008, 5:18PM

    October 27, 2008 06:53 pm at 6:53 pm |
  15. Go Palin

    YES!! GO PALIN!! I wish you were President!!
    I can't wait to vote on November 5th!

    October 27, 2008 06:54 pm at 6:54 pm |
  16. Zion

    I am praying for Obama. I will pray that any evil against him, Lord, please stop it. I am praying for him to be the wisest leader that this country has ever seen.

    God Bless

    October 27, 2008 06:55 pm at 6:55 pm |
  17. VOTE! OBAMA!!! VOTE! OBAMA!! VOTE!

    VOT E, VOTE, VOTE, VOTE, VOTE!!! VOTE OBAMA/BIDEN AND VOTE EARLY!!!

    October 27, 2008 06:55 pm at 6:55 pm |
  18. Peter (CA)

    You right wingers can foam at the mouth all you want. The truth is, when you see who has endorsed Obama, you know that he has reached out to all sides and has the plans to bring this country back.
    It's not Kool-Aid, it's not empty rhetoric, it's real plans embraced by a diverse group of people.

    Look at who has voted for McCain.....Bush and Cheney.
    Nuff said.

    October 27, 2008 06:56 pm at 6:56 pm |
  19. Brian

    If Virginia stays red, for the first time in my life I will not be proud to be a Virginian.

    October 27, 2008 06:56 pm at 6:56 pm |
  20. Tracey

    watch and see this will be a McCain Palin Landslide....

    New York is going Red!!!!!!

    October 27, 2008 06:56 pm at 6:56 pm |
  21. GARY

    FORMER PUMA YOU ARE A MORON. ITS THE FACTS THAT THE MILITARY VOTES MCCAIN 86% . OBAMA NEVER EVEN SERVED HIS COUNTRY. HE HAS DONE NOTHING BUT BROUGHT HATE WITH HIS SUPPORTERS AND A LINE OF BS. A MILE LONG.

    October 27, 2008 06:57 pm at 6:57 pm |
  22. deb in az

    well no need for anyone to go vote since cnn and nbc and the rest of them have proclaimed obama the king of america........im a democrat, but i will not vote for a marxist for president or what ever he considers himself to be........as for the democratic convention how much did they spend on the greek temple and the stadium anyway? i bet sarah palins clothes that were lent to her cost a lot less......i would say that if this is an idication as to what they will spend if this man is elected is a good sign as to how much broker this country will be.....and to all of you that want something for nothing, get a part time job.....it will make you feel much better that you earned it, rather than it being handed to you.....as far as all the people getting out of the stock market they are scared to death that obama will get elected and better to be taxed at 15 rather than 20.......so when you see the market go down everyone is getting out while the getting is good......its called protecting yourself from the greedy spenders in washington.....and if you dont think this man is a marxist just take a long look at that church that he attended for 20 years.....that church is based on marxism......spread the wealth is marxist......

    October 27, 2008 06:58 pm at 6:58 pm |
  23. tee

    Garb

    I think the rhetoric is coming from the MCcain/Palin Joke.
    Do they have a plan yet?

    October 27, 2008 06:58 pm at 6:58 pm |
  24. Darrell

    My Man McCain,
    you must have a man crush on McCain because he puts me to sleep with every speech which is I will fix this and fix that and shake this and cut taxes where I can but neve, ever has he once answered how he would do anything,he just says he will.When you listen to Obama he has very clear and consise plans that involve every American.Pretty sure that "My Freinds" slogan excites you but my used car salesman that ripped me off always says things like "My Freinds" so best of luck to you.

    October 27, 2008 06:58 pm at 6:58 pm |
  25. California Silver

    Isn't it odd that not only did the McCain/Palin campaign take over the "change" mantra but they are now playing the same "Signed, Sealed, Delivered" song at Palin's rallies that Obama has played for a long time now.

    Do they have nothing original or creative? I guess not... that speaks volumes!

    October 27, 2008 06:58 pm at 6:58 pm |
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