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. Greg M.

    Republicans please just leave you've already caused enough negative things to happen. President Obama and V.P.Biden, the country and the world are awaiting the victory of positive change. We know it's going to take some time to fix the major problems that all of the republicans have messed up. Take your time and don't worry about the lies that are being put out by the republicans. The American people are standing with you, we've got your back. We(My family and supporters for Brack OBama in Baton Rouge and around the world) are inviting /welcoming you and your family to please come to Baton Rouge,. Louisiana

    Obama for President the one for positive change 08′


    October 13, 2008 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  2. Coop182

    Great News – In less than a month, Sarah Palin will be an increasingly distant memory. Can't happen too soon.

    October 13, 2008 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  3. Apparently...

    The McCain campaign's as bad at math as they are at picking VP candidates.

    October 13, 2008 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  4. Betty

    CNN is against McCain/Palin. Anything you have in print, or present on your new channel is biased. People need not take you seriously.

    October 13, 2008 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  5. Steve

    McFalin – you say you are going to turn this nation around.

    You had 8 years to Getter Done! Remember – Let's Roll!

    You didn't do it! You should have been wearing Nike's!

    It's over – you didn't get it done – Now we need to CHANGE!

    Since you can't lead please step aside!

    October 13, 2008 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  6. andrea

    I just heard Mccain speak! all he can say is fight fight fight!!! Obama already sounds like hes a great presidant with great Ideas, I Am so tired of the Mccain and palin ticket, there lies, there Hate based campains and the way they try to look more moral than they are. she is making christians look bad and I know God Is about love not hate or lies so shame on you Palin! shame on you Mccain!!

    October 13, 2008 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  7. WhiteWomenforObama'08

    Notice that they aren't having her read from the 'trust and honesty ' stump script since Friday's Troopergate findings.

    October 13, 2008 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  8. Carlos

    Thank God 22 more days and we can say goodbye Sarah. She will go back to Alaska and keep an eye on Russia.

    October 13, 2008 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  9. Brian Rich

    Virginians are jumping on the right road by supporting Obama. I have decided he is the only candidate who can most quickly bring us economic recovery.

    October 13, 2008 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  10. ANGIE


    October 13, 2008 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  11. kayla


    October 13, 2008 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  12. Mark

    well lets figure this out. Palin has some what used her power as a gov to fire people. what do you think she will do if McCain becomes pres. Hmmm the little light in her head from her new enegry will come on and will say if I oust McCain I will be pres and there you have it the ultimate abuse of power, scarry

    October 13, 2008 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  13. Chuck

    I'm sure she will incite more hatred and racism. She has become the evil mouthpiece of this campaign. I'm amazed that the poor, uneducated people of Virginia continue to vote Republican, when the republicans have done absolutely nothing for them, and intend to do nothing to improve their quality of life.

    October 13, 2008 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  14. Spencer/Commonwealth of Virginia

    Since you want to talk about the election will come thru Hampton Roads, since you mentioned Va Beach, Williamsburg and Norfolk, you forgot to mention Newport News, Hampton, James City and Suffolk. You are sadly mistaken McSame thinking you're going to win Hampton Roads or Virginia as a whole.


    October 13, 2008 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  15. Will the Real Maverick Please Stand Up?

    Not one shred of grey matter between her ears. Total clown. She can't even get her scripted lines right. Can you imagine her talking to world leaders?! It boggles the mind.How can anyone still consider voting for McDemented/Failin?! Go back to Alaska and never resurface. Please?

    October 13, 2008 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  16. Sally from Cali

    Alaska Independence Party supporter, go home.

    October 13, 2008 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  17. qwert

    my god... every time this woman opens her mouth...it's just comedy. you NorFORK?? i live in cali and even I know it's Norfolk, VA.

    October 13, 2008 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  18. Nervous in Texas

    Come on Texans, could we turn this state blue? No, I know this one is a long shot, but I am hopeing the other states will make more sense then we do here. Come on swing states, swing blue and lead our country down the track of unity instead of division. McCain/Palin wants to draw the line between all of us and keep us hating one another. Show them we are better than that, don't let the hate mongers win again. We gave them an extra 4 years and look what they did to us. We haave to learn from our mistakes and change the course. We've allow Rove to hijack our nation, don't let McCain/Palin continue on that same path. We can't afford it. Not another 4 years of division and divide.

    October 13, 2008 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  19. independent in Texas

    We are white, seniors now, voting Obama ! we dont care what color he is ! He is the most intelligent, shows soundest judgement, stays cool, even when under fire by McCain and Palin and media, just what we need, and he thinks GREEN for us who dont have much of it !!!!!
    Go Obama..
    whites for Obama, ( many of us!) in Texas

    October 13, 2008 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  20. NC turning Blue

    I believe if these two kept their mouths shut until they laid down some plans...then maybe Obama would not win there.

    October 13, 2008 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  21. Candy West Virginia

    I am from WV folks and I am pleasantly surprised at the HUGE number of Obama yard signs and bumper stickers that i see. They, mccain/palin also had to send palin here to try and secure votes here, in WV. If there is a chance WV can turn blue, then VA will definitely be blue. All of my friends, co workers and relatives here in WV are voting Obama!
    mccain/palin = pathological liars!

    October 13, 2008 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  22. adrian

    people please wake up! lets take back our beloved country! the time for ignorance and bigotry is over! just listen to the 2 candidates speeches today and the choice is very clear. mccain offers no solutions for the problems with our economy, and is continueing to tell lie after lie. did you hear the lie he told that obama wants to take away our right to have secret ballots when we vote?? where does he get this stuff? obama offers clear and thoughtful plans to help the average american. listen to what this man has to say! open your minds! it baffels me that anyone could consider voting for mccain/palin. how can anyone want a person like sarah palin a heart beat away from the presidency!? despite what she has been saying she was found to abuse her powers as govenor. the media refuses to also talk about her and todds connections to the alaskan independence party. these people want to rip a star off of our beloved flag people! read some of the statements by the founder of AIP! hes more of a modern day terrorist that bill ayers! the crap he pulled was 20 years ago when obama was 8! why cant the media talk about the palins connections to AIP? check the facts people and you will see that that the ayers/obama smear is flamingly undeniably false! palins connections to AIP is true. theres a video of her adressing AIPs convention! im begging you my fellow americans, wake up!! demand the truth! put aside your bigotry and do whats right for this country! vote for obama/biden! lets make this country great again!! YES WE CAN!!!

    October 13, 2008 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  23. Dal CA

    Norfolk is in USA and if she can not pronounce that it makes me wonder if we need to vote for some one like that.
    She was found in Alaska "She abused her powers in Alaska... Ethics of Alaska was abused." She is under investigation there and a possibility that she could create a problems for others.

    October 13, 2008 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  24. Vic

    We had eight long years of bad policies from the Republicans; It's easy to make up our minds and vote early.

    Registered Republican voted Obama/Biden 08

    October 13, 2008 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  25. j

    I'd like to think that every place in the US is important and that there's no single place that's more important than any other. This is pandering to the crowd. Palin probably didn't even know where Virginia was until 6 weeks ago.

    October 13, 2008 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
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