September 12th, 2007
06:00 PM ET
13 years ago

Bitter Senate battle expected in Virginia

Former Virginia Gov. Mark Warner will make a bid for the Senate, according to the Associated Press.

(CNN) - It appears we could have another bitter Senate battle in the Old Dominion state next year.

Former Virginia Governor Mark Warner intends to run for the Senate in 2008, according to Democratic officials who spoke with the Associated Press.

Warner is scheduled to make an e-mail announcement Thursday regarding his political plans. The officials who spoke to the AP did so on the condition of anonymity, saying they didn’t want to pre-empt Warner’s announcement.

In last year’s midterm elections, Democrat Jim Webb ousted Republican incumbent Sen. George Allen by a margin of less than 10,000 votes, or less than half a percentage point. Webb’s victory helped give the Democrats a slim 51 to 49 Senate majority. We could see an equally close contest in Virginia next year.

Full story: With Warner in, Virginia becomes a battleground state

- CNN Deputy Political Director Paul Steinhauser

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  1. Lance in Monrovia, CA

    So, everybody is talking about how Mark Warner running for Senate in Virginia is gonna make the race hot for Repubs and help the Dems. What they don't realize, is that like every state, it should demolish the Repubs because they don't have squat. But it won't, it'll only make it hot, and here's why...

    The only reason the Jim Webb campaign won Virginia by ten thousand votes and not 200,000 votes is because the RNC cheats, badly and baldly, with the selfish abandon only neocons can muster. Read "Armed Madhouse" by Greg Palast for the details, all documented by this brilliant reporter for the BBC. The 2004 elections being stolen was major news across the entire globe a week before the election thanks to his show on BBC, but we never even heard a peep about it in the states, why?

    ie. The RNC controlled states hand out provisional ballots like candy only in democratic districts with poorer people that move around alot and thus may not have registered at the proper address, and then the Republican Sec. of State refuses to count them as is his right.

    Or, they use caging lists. The RNC pays to send first class letters to addresses of servicemen in Iraq from the state, and to democratic districts, and then any letters that come back unopened, they use as evidence of a wrong address and challenge the votes, which is illegal. This is detailed in some of Karl Rove's missing emails that Greg Palast, the author of Armed Madhouse, came across as they were sent to instead of, which is a spoof site, sent from Tim Griffen, who is now running the illustrious Fred Thompson's campaign. Griffens name is right there in the heading and he's the guy that was Karl Rove's protogue, who was later accused of election fraud by David Iglasias, the US attorney fired and then replaced by none other than... you guessed it, Tim Griffen.

    Oh, and then lets not forget crappy old voting machines that break or are never delievered to Democratic districts. People have to wait in line for hours and many decide to take provisionals or just leave without voting while in Repub districts they breeze in and out in twenty minutes or less.

    My particular favorite is the way the pollsters for Repubs will throw out absentee ballots in States with Repub leanings. They read the names, and anything that sounds too ethnic, they figure is a democrat and they throw out. Luckily for them, some of the absentee ballots even read "Democratic Party ballot" on the outside so that makes it easy to put in the fix.

    Anybody that honestly believes we can have one congressional and two Presidential elections where the vote constantly came down to five hundred votes or a thousand or ten thousand here and there, is smoking crack.

    Of course the RNC tries to throw out so many votes that it's gonna be close. Their only mistake was in not throwing in a few more. I guess they underestimated the amount of democratic enthusiasm.

    This democratic enthusiasm is the only way we're going to stop these greedy, lousy cheaters in the next election cycle. Because we need overwhelming numbers even to achieve a "close" victory ala Webb.

    Oh, I almost forgot my favorite RNC tool, the one that hands down gave them Florida. Just pick a bunch of Democrat names from Democratic districts, and put them on a felon list, right out of the phone book. Sure, you may not be a felon, but your vote won't count and you can argue it later, AFTER you lose the election.

    Pay damn close attention from now on people. If you're asleep at the wheel, you lose a lot more than your shiny grill.

    I suggest everybody get a copy of Armed Madhouse by Greg Palast either at your local Borders or the library, I've found it both places and you can also request a copy.

    Your democracy hangs in the balance.

    September 12, 2007 06:42 pm at 6:42 pm |
  2. John, Ca.

    Hmm, that 60 seat filibuster-proof majority is looking more possible each day now.

    September 12, 2007 07:09 pm at 7:09 pm |
  3. Alan St.Lois MO

    Let the republicans have there war. Let them have there wild dreams. All the democrats need to do is make sure the truth that democrats dont have enuf power in senate to stop repulican sentors and the president. Then when election day is here. we will see a more powerfull repeat of the 1984 election. except all the states will be blue and all 22 republican senetors be looking for a new job. That be a real nice reality check to wake em out of their blind faith stay the course america behind us fanticies.

    September 12, 2007 07:51 pm at 7:51 pm |
  4. alan St.Louis MO

    Bitter battle as in close election. HEHE If There are still us military in Iraq on election day. The ERA of close election is over. Keep the Military in Iraq we gona see the old times of election sweeps and chances to run for office agin destroyed. The president made up his mind and dont care about the party he represents. He got his money fantices fullfiled. It just a question of republican senators want to add doom to thier party. The best thing they can do is try to hold on some of its republican seats by joining the dems as far as new president it is already in the democrats bag. It just the republicans dont know it yet their still sleeping in their dream world.

    September 12, 2007 09:44 pm at 9:44 pm |
  5. Tom - Dedham, Mass

    How Democrats Steal Elections:

    This list does not take into account the slashing of tires in multiple states in 2000 and 2004 that would have been used to bus in elderly and handicapped Republican voters, not a myth or an opinion like some book from a partisan hack, but real facts based on the "fact" that people were TRIED and CONVICTED of the crimes.

    Top 10 Methods of Liberal Vote Fraud

    Over-Voting. In Democrat strongholds like St. Louis, Philadelphia and Detroit, some precincts had 100% of their registered voters voting, with 99% of the ballots going to Gore. Clearly, multiple voting resulted in extra tallies for Gore in the 2000 election. (New York Post, 12/09/00).

    Dead Voters. This classic Democratic method of vote fraud goes all the way back to 1960 in Chicago and Dallas. The 2000 election was no exception. In Miami-Dade County, for example, some of the 144 ineligible votes (those which officials actually admitted to) were cast by dead people, including a Haitian-American who's been deceased since 1977 (Miami-Herald, 12/24/00).

    Mystery Voters. These "voters" cast votes anyway but are not even registered to vote. In heavily Democratic Broward County, for example, more than 400 ballots were cast by non-registered voters. (Miami-Herald 1/09/01)

    Military ballots. Many of these votes were disqualified for the most mundane and trivial reasons. At least 1,527 valid military ballots were discarded in Florida by Democratic vote counters (Drudge Report, 11/19/00). Make note here, Gore wanted to throw ou votes from people that are serving this country.

    Criminals. Felons are a natural Democratic voter and they're protected on voter rolls across the country. In Florida at least 445 ex-convicts – including rapists and murderers - voted illegally on November 7th. Nearly all of them were registered Democrats. (Miami-Herald 12/01/00)

    Illegal aliens. These voters have long been a core liberal constituency, especially in California. In Orange County in 1996, Rep. Bob Dornan had his congressional seat stolen from him when thousands of illegal aliens voted for Loretta Sanchez (Christian Science Monitor, 9/2/97).

    Vote-buying. Purchasing votes has long been a traditional scheme by Democrats, and not just with money. In the 2000 election in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Democratic workers initiate a "smokes-for-votes" campaign in which they paid dozens of homeless men with cigarettes if they cast ballots for Al Gore (Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, 11/14/00).

    Phantom Voters. These voters don't really exist, but their ballots do. In the 1996 Lousiana Senate race, GOP candidate Woody Jenkins had the election stolen from him when he discovered that 7,454 actual votes were cast but had no paper trail to authenticate them (Behind the Headlines, F.R. Duplantier, 4/27/97).

    Dimpled chads. Those infamous punch-cards were a ballot bonanza for Al Gore. Democratic poll workers in Palm Beach, Dade and Broward counties tampered and manipulated thousands of ineligible ballots and counted them for Gore, even though no clear vote could be discerned. ( 11/27, 12/22, 11/18, 11/19/00).

    Absentee ballots. Normally it's assumed that Republicans benefit from absentee ballots. But in the case of Miami's 1997 mayoral election, hundreds of absentee ballots were made for sale or sent out to non-Miami residents. Fraud was so extensive in the race that the final results were overturned in court (FL Dept. of Law Enforcement Report, 1/5/98).

    September 13, 2007 08:49 am at 8:49 am |
  6. Calvin, Jackson, MI

    I love governor mark warner..... he is a real democrat.

    September 13, 2007 09:00 am at 9:00 am |