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. Spencer/Commonwealth of Virginia

    Get out of my state lady!!!

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

    Palin opened her mouth again? Need to contribute again to Obama's campaign.

    BTW, who is watching Putin flying above us? If she loves this country, she should be staying back in Alaska guarding the borders. Now she left the doors open. Traitor.

    October 13, 2008 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  3. Hana

    BITTER America for Mccain
    BETTER America for Obama

    October 13, 2008 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  4. karen-phoenix

    God Bless Obama/Biden!!!!
    McCain/Palin are both sensored for unethical behavior and both very, very uneducated!!! Both have eratic behavior and very, very bad tempers!!! NO MORE!!!
    I've beeen a republican for 40 years! NO MORE!!!
    I want the educated one.
    I want the one with 1 car, 1 house and 1 wife!!!!

    October 13, 2008 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  5. Greg in Mpls

    Palin needs to be put right back in the spot light for her unethical actions in Alaska.

    No one is saying that her ex-brother-in-law was a good guy. He seems to be a real jerk. But she still has to follow the code of ethics that is expected from a Gov. She didn't do that. She abused her power. She should admit it (which she hasn't) and apologize (which I don't think she has ever done in her life) for doing the wrong thing and resign.

    But she's all about herself...and McCain is all about himself...so we'll see this when lipsticked pigs fly is my guess.

    October 13, 2008 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  6. Darryl

    Abuse of power--- Governor Palin --–VP Dick Chaney

    Keating 5 Senator John McCain and President George W. Bush...

    We can not afford 4 more years of the same old thang.....

    October 13, 2008 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  7. Biff

    The "ACORN" fraud story .... is a FRAUD.

    There are 1.3 million reasons to jack up this propaganda story...
    1.3 million is the number of people that ACORN has registered.

    Fact. they are non-partisan. but their focus is registering low income people to vote.

    Fact; voter fraud cannot be alleged..... UNTIL SOMEONE ACTUALLY SHOW UP TO VOTE (wait for it)... FRAUDULENTLY... a big DUH on that one...

    Fact, the republicans crank up the volume on this to drown out noise on their OWN voter suppression tactics, (voter caging, etc)

    October 13, 2008 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  8. John McCain


    October 13, 2008 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  9. stephanie

    Has everyone has enought of Palin? her lies? her smears? her trumped up resume? her abuse of power? her narcissm? When will Obama surrogates – women Governors and senators and congresswomen- snap back at her, demand apologies for inciting hate? Not only is she unqualified to lead, but she has the audacity to imply Americans should fear Obama, we dont know the real Obama, he "pals around with terrorists'..when she was just thrust upon us 5 weeks ago, and filled with ethihcs issues and controversies. We cant afford a VP in training. How disresepctful to women everywhere. Mac cain now has to travel with her, take interviews with her, like the protective father. This is insukting. When will she go away??

    October 13, 2008 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  10. Spencer/Commonwealth of Virginia

    We don't tolerate abusive power in Virginia. If you did that crap that you pulled in Alaska here, you will be in JAIL.

    October 13, 2008 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  11. Bob Indianapolis IN

    These are Jim Webb's people! Good luck Caribou Barbie! They don't suffer fools!

    October 13, 2008 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  12. Jay in MA

    If Obama is elected, his supporters are going to learn very quickly that the path to outright socialism is a very slippery slope.

    Fact is, he cannot, with a straight face, promise 95% of families a tax cut, $1 trillion in new spending, national healthcare (a.k.a. socialized medicine – see how much you like him when people are dying waiting in line to get care), and the list goes on and on.

    Come on! You all should know better than to believe this!

    October 13, 2008 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  13. DavidB

    Barack's speech today was awesome. His focus on jobs as the number one priority really speaks to the most significant long-term issue in the American economy. The fact is that the economy needs to create jobs, which will fuel economic expansion. Job # 1 is jobs!

    October 13, 2008 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  14. Rob

    Like so many other Republicans are family is jumping ship too. McCain-Palin are erratic, incoherent, and unqualified on all Policies. You've lost all of our votes McCain and Palin, we're voting straight ticket Democrat this year.

    October 13, 2008 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  15. Bill Bixby

    I am from that region and I have to say that though it leans republican, a lot of the people there do not like the divisive politics the McCain-Palin ticket are pushing. Seeing that a large amount of our Naval forces reside here(very diverse), it is not helpful to them to incite hate among their fellow soldiers and seamen. Palin herself would be considered a "Lady of the Night" down here. Will do anything for something she wants.

    October 13, 2008 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  16. Michael in Houston

    Didn't she say the same thing in Ohio yesterday? I just can't understand why McCain has not told Palin to stop talking. She is destroying any credibility the McCain has left. I love to hear you anti Obama types spew your rhetoric as if McCain has a chance. The only way McCain has any chance of winning in November is if Obama decides he does not want to be President. Yes I said it. Obama would have to quit in order for McCain to win. It's not going to happen folks. Even her in Houston, where the majority is Republican, Obama is a force. I have many Repbulican friends who state they are not voting for Obama, but they know he will win. And out of all those who are Republican that I know, most of them hate Palin and McCain. Obama has awaken the American people. Obama has given us something to believe in again. And that is why more people will turn out to vote in this election than any in American history and the majority are voting for Obama, not because he is black, not because he is young, not because he present to us something fresh and new, it's because he believes in us, the American people. And all we have been askin gfor is a President to believe in us, so that we in return can believe in him/her.

    Michael in Houston, Texas

    October 13, 2008 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  17. Brian in VA

    Sarah, just get back on the plane and fly back out to alaska and stay there. You know like everyone else know's you can't fire your way into the whitehouse and the american people aren't going to sit here and talk about being "joe six pack."

    I take my bourbon with a splash of water thanks!

    Obama/Biden '08

    October 13, 2008 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  18. Laura

    Is the McCain/ Palin ticket for Education?

    I just read that Palin future son in law DROP OUT OF SCHOOL ...... because he is going to be a dad. ... huh? Is he the one that is going to be carrying the tummy for 9 month that he could not stay and finish his SR. year? ......................

    October 13, 2008 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  19. True Blue Ohio

    I bet if the media started a new rule where they refused to quote statements that contain little or no substance, we would never hear from Sarah Palin again.

    October 13, 2008 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  20. Vegas Barbie for Obama

    Come on, come through, Virginia–go BLUE! The old man and his hate rally-conducting sidekick are getting desperate and it is so unattractive yet good to see at the same time! Help make them go away, everyone, by voting for CHANGE WE CAN BELIEVE IN!!
    OBAMA/BIDEN '08 & '12 YES WE CAN!!

    October 13, 2008 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  21. Doug, New Jersey

    There are a lot of evil blue DC people taking over Virginia and starting to outnumber the good decent, honest people in the middle and southern part of that state. To the lib who thinks this is about color, you are right for once. However, it is about blue and red, not black and white. This statement is backed up by every fact available, and there are zero facts to counter it, the bluer the ruder, the reder the better. Just spend time in a blue area vs. a red area, you see the best of this nation and the worst. People who are selfless and people who are selfish. In fact just read the words from libs here and by good honest conservatives and moderates. Libs wish for conservatives to die, something conservatives never wish on liberals, but the libs are the ones calling the right hateful, typical of their level of honesty.

    October 13, 2008 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  22. Jerry Atrick

    Sorry, but you won't be a hit along Hampton Roads and I know why.

    October 13, 2008 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  23. Republican Voting OBAMA

    She will need to come with more than what she has brought so far.

    I support "That One" Barack Obama 08/12

    October 13, 2008 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  24. josephine

    Nor-fork ha ha ha!! Tina Fey are you listening ? Here is more material for Saturday.

    October 13, 2008 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  25. Cleavette

    It is clear that neither Palin nor McCain knows where they are. Palin in Norfolk Va and saying NORFORK. Sarah must have a twin becase one person can NOT be this dumb by themself.

    October 13, 2008 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
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