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.

Filed under: John McCain • Sarah Palin
soundoff (253 Responses)
  1. Dr. Sam

    About MCCAIN’S ANGER, we need to know more—and the media has a responsibility to let us know before it is too late. This especially urgent in light of McCain’s recent behavior—in debates and stumping. WE HAVE ALL HEARD A LITTLE SOMETHING ABOUT his TEMPER–and now the code word is that he is erratic, which no doubt he is. The media has a responsibility to explore this matter more fully before it is too late–before November 4 elections! For a starter, there is a You-tube video circulating on the internet and now carried by Huffington Post. Time is of essence. I recommend it to everyone as a starting point. More than thirty public officials and some journalists testify to that, including Keith Olbermann of MSNBC. And about Cindy McCain, she is doing something that no Candidate's wife has ever done–attacking her husband's opponent. She is taking a dangerous path that will make her a fair game. I see hate and venom vanished all over Cindy McCain's face–and she lied. If she had the brain, and cared to look up the fact, she would have discovered that McCain also voted against a bill to fund the troops– because it had a dateline for withdrawal, just as Obama voted for one because it didn't have such a timeline. That makes it two chills up her spine!

    October 13, 2008 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  2. White Christian Mother for Obama

    Virginia is going BLUE!!!!

    October 13, 2008 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  3. Sarah.....and my last name isn't Palin!

    She is so yesterday's news. 22 more days.

    October 13, 2008 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  4. Lu

    McCain and Palin are done......it's just not happening for you guys!

    Read Obama's plans (specific) that he just talked about in Ohio. Finally, some answers!

    Obama '08

    October 13, 2008 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  5. tulsa

    Good God, this pair is just AWFUL.
    Where is the substance? Where are the ideas? Where is the intelligence? Where is the PLAN?!?!?!?!

    Do you have anything but rhetoric?

    Do you have anything to say to the charges of abuse of power?
    (no, you were not cleared of wrongdoing. once again, you lied)

    Do you have any dignity left?

    At least you didn't end a sentence with a preposition.

    October 13, 2008 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  6. Hal

    John mcCain and Sarah Palin are not what we need for our country. He's beyond his prime and she just doesn't have it. She has a job to do at home. Raise her kids. be there for them when they need her. Just bringing them into the world doesn't constitute being a good mother. And john is a bitter old man!!! It shows more every day.

    October 13, 2008 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  7. Virginia Vixen for Obama

    It's all going to you sir!!!

    October 13, 2008 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  8. Nimi from NY

    Yes it will. But it will also run through the Northern part of Virginia. Remember: it's the same area John McCains brother reffered as "the communist country" You guys have gone so far to demean liberals. But we are not all liberals. There are actually some of us who are conservatives with liberal ideas. We are not all headed to hell but same heaven you aspire.

    October 13, 2008 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  9. Tony



    OBAMA / BIDEN 2008!

    October 13, 2008 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  10. Barbara - 65 yr old white female in NC

    Those people are not stupid, Palin. Your abuse of power and hick accent won't go over very big.

    October 13, 2008 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  11. Praying to God for an Obama Victory

    Economy? Anyone? Anything?

    October 13, 2008 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  12. Woman for Obama

    yea,..stick a Nor-FORK in Palin, she's done!

    October 13, 2008 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  13. Spencer/Commonwealth of Virginia


    October 13, 2008 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  14. Vic

    Since every senior citizen in the country is blogging her grandmotherly status while stating that, under every circumstance, they're voting for Obama. Well, I'm an exception in a number of ways: I was for Hillary, but now I'm for McCain. I'm also exceptional in other ways - one being that I'm EIGHTY YEARS OLD! I've been through enough elections that I'm qualified to make a winning choice. For proof, I warned everybody I knew not to vote for George W. Bush. They ignored my warnings, elected him not once but twice, and look where our world and our country are today! Not to mention their 401Ks.

    McCain/Palin is my ticket.

    October 13, 2008 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  15. aware

    Governor Palin, McCain was wrong to tell Americans not to be afraid of Obama! 🙁

    Obama said , the person he learned the most from was Saul Alinsky.

    Chavez learned under the Alinsky Method too!

    Saul Alinsky said, the devil challenged authority and got his own kingdom, and that goes to the heart of what the "left" is really about. Get power any way you can, including lying, cheating and stealing. The ultimate rule is that the ends justify the means.

    No way! No how! No Obama! 🙁

    October 13, 2008 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  16. Republican family against Palin

    McCain and Palin are simply unqualified in every way to run our beloved country. The hate-mongering they encourage is down right scary. Our Republican family and many other Republican families we know are jumping ship and voting for Obama...it's the honorable thing to do for our country. We really don't know what McCain was thinking when he picked Palin, even hockey fans boo her at NHL games.

    October 13, 2008 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  17. Obama/Biden 08

    They should change their sign from Country First to "ME FIRST".

    October 13, 2008 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  18. Ellie, MD


    YOU really need to do your homework baby girl. I mean your pronunciation of "Norfolk" was a BIG TURN OFF. Voters don't like it when you come off very "folksy" and yet don't have the decency to learn how to "pronouce" their city or state correctly.

    It's time to climb back on your broom and fly back to Alaska and take your "First Dude" husband Todd with you.

    October 13, 2008 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  19. Scott L

    Obama is going to lose November 4th.

    Wednesday morning they will say "he should have picked Hillary".

    Dumbest political move ever in the history of elections.

    October 13, 2008 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |

    It speaks volumes when the southeastern part of Virginia which includes the largest NAVAL presence in the country, gives a 17 point lead to Obama.

    Seems like not all the vets have forgotten McKeating5 voted against those body armor bills...

    October 13, 2008 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  21. Chuck

    You know what is telling? I've listened to both the Obama and McCain speeches this morning and observed the followintg:

    Obama's speech neither mentioned nor attacked McCain, but rather, addressed the economic issue of the day and proposeed solutions.

    McCain's speech continuously mentioned and attacked Obama in his and only tried feebly to address the economic issues. In other words, McCain's speech used only a noun, a verb, and Obama.

    October 13, 2008 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  22. Sean

    Tell all those Military Members who voted for their benefits: Obama!

    October 13, 2008 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  23. Doug

    So now the story is "we're going to give you the truth". Since nothing else has worked, especially the personal attacks and lies, why not try something revolutionary; the truth. It's too late for that, because no one believes you anymore except the hardcore Repubs.

    Bottom line is if you jump around like this now, what are you going to do in real crisis? America needs a leader they can trust and that's Obama.

    October 13, 2008 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  24. Tony




    October 13, 2008 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  25. Rudy NYC

    What happened to the real McCain? Could it be that we have actually seen the real McCain, revision 2008?

    I think the recent rhetoric is turning more people off than on. Crowds at the rallies might be excited and fired up, but they are becoming a growing minority.

    More and more republican friends of mine are walking with a defeated or disgusted expression, head held down without the chin up. They hold out hope for a conservative victory, but most are coming around to the conclusion that there are not any winners in the race.

    McCain is not a Reagan conservative. A Reagan conservative would not have run the economy into the ground. The current crop of Republicans have lost their guiding principles somewhere in the '90s with that "Contract With America" arrogance. They have become something that Ronald Reagan would declare as having "deserted me.

    I hope for the sake of Democracy that the GOP can shake the shackles of the hijacking that has taken place over the past 20-30 years. It was actually Reagan who first embraced the Christian vote, taking them from the Democrats. And so it began......

    October 13, 2008 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
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