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

Palin: Election will run through southeast Virginia

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2008/images/10/13/art.swain.cnn.jpg caption="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. Amy For Obama

    Poor McCain!
    I still don't get why I don't feel bad for him!
    Hmm...I think I know why ! He deserves to be behind in the polls because he has been an erratic leader in a time of crisis, focused on negative attacks rather than bringing up real solutions for real people.

    October 13, 2008 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  2. FreeNLovIt

    Oliver Stone's film portrait of President George W. Bush was always going to be controversial given the director's liberal leanings.

    So Stone decided to open "W." in U.S. theaters less than three weeks before Americans select their next president - a calculated move aimed at prodding voters to think about the past eight years and the future.

    ==> LOok, Bush is a good man. He was called to take down Saddam Husseim. The prophecy of revelation, details peace in the Middle East. Bush is needed to secure peace in the Middle East. HOWEVER, only the ANTICHRIST can secure that peace.

    October 13, 2008 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  3. Anonymous

    Here's the deal:
    I'm sure (and hope) John McCain is a good man. I do think that he does not have control over his campaign and is overwhelmed by what is happening to him. From time to time he wakes up and realizes that the Bush-Rove operatives have gone too far and brings back the John McCain America once knew. Unfortunately even if I don't blame him, this is a horrible lack of leadership and shows that if he can't control his campaign, how will he control this country?

    October 13, 2008 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
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