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. Really Scary

    Palin abused her power! Also, she does not know how to keep her own husband under control. He said they are always involved in each others jobs. He is so stupid that he does not realize that Alaskans voted Palin to be their Governor, not him. So if she did become VP, just how involved would he be in running the VP office? This is really scrary!

    October 13, 2008 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  2. Jeff Brown

    Who's the fatboy in the cowboy hat?

    October 13, 2008 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  3. Tim in Seattle

    Why is she still even allowed to open her mouth?

    October 13, 2008 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  4. A NC Voter for Obama

    We don't need a "fighter" in the White House! We need a LEADER!

    Obama for America!

    October 13, 2008 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  5. betty

    The more I listen to Sarah Palin the greater my inability to understand why educated, intelligent people actually show up to listen to her. Since her acceptance speech I have been unable to discern anything new or substantive. I believe this woman is not strong or gutsy, she is ruthless, driven by ambition. She states she is waiting for the Alaska Personnel Board's decision on the Troopergate issue. A board she appointed, a board whose daily livelihood and continued employment depends on her – and they are going to say what? She's guilty – I don't think so. Hopefully the good people of Virginia will ultimately see her for what she is – a puppet – one, however, who would trample her mother to reach her ambition. I'm sure the people of Virginia are smarter than that. We can only hope.

    October 13, 2008 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  6. Ron L

    The BIG problem with Governor Palin is ..she's just not that smart.
    No, offense it's just the truth. What other reason would the McCain campaign have for not ALLOWING her to do ANY more interviews without Senator McCain at her side??
    Because she is not qualified and you can REALLY tell when you ask her questions that require spontaneous answers other than remembered talking points.
    I ask you members of the Republican party and ALL other Americans..
    Do you REALLY want this ( average) person in the White House??
    EVERY other major candaidate has been interviewed on all of the MAJOR news programs (especially the Sunday morning ones). Why should Governor Palin not have to do the same???
    The complaint about the GOTCHA question issues is bogus. If a candidate for one of the highest offices in the land can't handle that, how in the world would they handle a REAL CRISIS??
    The last person we elected that was of average intelligence was….
    George W Bush and look at the mess the world is in from that election!!

    October 13, 2008 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  7. Ann

    Is she still talking?

    October 13, 2008 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  8. nganenu

    Bla Bla from an elected official who abused her power. Too bad for the America of Bush-Cheney or Cheney-Bush? Palin, very very dangerus. Old mccbus twice dangerous because erratic! God save America!

    October 13, 2008 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |

    The obama plan will turn 40% or more of this country in to a welfare system and keep using my tax money to control the people. Socialism will never work in this country. All you socialist give it a rest will not work.

    October 13, 2008 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  10. Independent voter

    Senator McCain, I was going to vote for you but YOU didn't pick Mitt Romney as your running mate. Instead you picked someone who is has a motor mouth and don't have the knowledge regarding important issues that affects all Americans. Yes, including you rich folks out there. I respect your service to your country but that alone cannot and would not help America at this time. Our country is desperate trouble. NOW, I have no other choice than to vote for OBAMA.

    October 13, 2008 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  11. Meg Madison, Cary North Carolina

    I'm not afraid to identify myself...It was just reported on another reputable cable news outlet that a McCain orgainzer today, stood up on a chair to address the door-to-door surrogates, telling them as talking points to make a comparison between Barack Obama and Osama Bin Laden, among other smears. CNN, why aren't you reporting this? Why are you covering this horrible man's "comeback" speech and not letting the American people know that he's this immoral? In my estimation, this makes you as a news organization as immoral as he is. I DARE YOU TO PRINT THIS!!

    October 13, 2008 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  12. Tracy

    "The GOP nominee's military background" will "carry him through"? Only if the veterans of our country aren't watching how McCain votes (or doesn't vote) for veterans benefits. After 26 years, wouldn't you think someone "willing to fight" would have eradicated homelessness for veterans? Ensured psychological care for those suffering from PTSD (oh, that's right, Cindy, PTSD isn't something to worry about if you "know what you're doing")? John McCain served his country - but at least he came back. The true heroes are the 54,000 vietnam vets who didn't make it. They "gave their all," sir.

    October 13, 2008 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  13. Lori

    Who in the US has never heard of Norfolk Virginia? My what an IDIOT!!!

    October 13, 2008 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  14. John in Ohio

    "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."

    Shouldn't that be
    "John Kerry lost the region by three points to George W. Bush in the 2004 presidential election, but Democratic Senator Jim Webb defeated Republican George Allen in Virginia by six points in 2006."

    Seeing as how, you know, 2006 CAME AFTER 2004. Additionally, and I know this may come as a shock to the pro political news team at CNN, Senators are elected by the whole state, not just a southeast portion. You may be thinking of "representatives".

    I know it doesn't fit the media narrative of this race being anywhere near close, but your own CNN polls have Obama up by twelve fricking points in Virginia. Heck, that's enough to couteract a 5 point "Bradley effect" AND still be outside the margin of error. Any other state where Obama has a twelve point lead would be considered "Solid Obama". But keep it up, as long as McCain thinks Virginia is winnable for him, he'll keep spending time and resources there.

    October 13, 2008 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  15. Forrest Gump

    My momma always says life is like a box of chocolates you never know where the next card carring member of Alaska For Indpendence Party will pop up. Sometimes in the land of Alaksa Sarah Palin would give her support to this group and her husband was a card carrying member!

    ~ and that's all I have to say about that...........

    October 13, 2008 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  16. Rebekah A.

    Sarah you are a joke..Ha ha ha ha ha!

    October 13, 2008 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  17. I too sing America

    Thanks Senator for coming, but you cannot have our state. I grew up and went to school in Virginia Beach. We are a tolerant people. Yes, there is a large military population, but what have you done for them lately? Hmm...push the GI Bill through Congress?

    October 13, 2008 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  18. Nick

    If on elections day things are that tight it Virginia, Obama already won PA, OH, FL, and the White House.

    October 13, 2008 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |

    List for obama Acorn of people that is illegal to register to vote during any election

    1-dead people(zombies)
    2-illegal alien (yes little green people to)
    3-criminals ( person w/a criminal record)
    4-fictional characters (mama joe or papa joe)
    5-cartoon characters (mickey mouse , scooby doo)
    6- super heroes (superman , spider man , ironman)
    7- new people ( babies , children , not of age to vote)
    8-crazy people ( a person w/ mental problems)( most are liberals)
    9- and many other reasons
    personal comment: if McCain losses this election is because obamas fraud machine Acorn. 800,000.00 donation from the obama campaign? Don’t tell me that he is not trying to steal this elections. It will be a stolen presidency.

    October 13, 2008 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  20. LIP

    I have been black balled for telling the truth

    October 13, 2008 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  21. SensibleCitizen

    McCain – You have let me down (a staunch Conservative ) by your behavior in the past couple of weeks – 300B again on rewarding bad lenders???? Where are your values – you r campaign managers are morons and you are dancing to all of these folks – it scares a heck out of me to see you run an administration like this (IF elected)

    Nothing you say or do now is going to change that – sorry and I may NOT vote at all OR vote for Obama but NOT for GOP this time...

    October 13, 2008 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  22. Rusty Miller

    The broad-ban comments regarding Christians personally offensive to people of faith and filled with as much hate and hypocrisy as what the Christians are being accused of. You are making a broad-ban judgment that if anyone votes for McCain it is only because Obama is African American. How prejudice is that? Yes, I will vote for McCain, but not because he's black, but because his view of things like gay marriage and late term abortion go against what I understand to be God's mandates for a civil and prosperous society. You can call that radical if you want, I can live with that, just know that my vote for McCain is not out “ignorance” nor is it about the color of a man's skin. It is however, because of his politics and my personal understanding of Scripture don't agree.

    October 13, 2008 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  23. Maggie

    McCain has had to re-think his campaign strategy because everything he's tried so far has been a dismal failure! He can't even manage a campaign successfully, yet he wants us to believe he can run the country? He doesn't give us any specific plans, yet wants us to believe he will "fix" Washington? Oh..he did give one specific plan – $300 billion to buy bad mortgages – the idea he STOLE from Hillary Clinton!

    Obama/Biden '08!!

    October 13, 2008 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  24. American for obama------

    Southeast? That is wher Pat Robertson is..........the Pastor McCain insulted 4 years ago.

    I live in arlington, I still remember............they don't like McCain very much

    October 13, 2008 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  25. Janet - Missouri

    My home state, Missouri, is one of the Republican strongholds. I'm doing everything I can to change that! It's very close here as it is in Virginia. An, by the way, Mrs. Palin, if you come to Missouri, it's pronounced MissourE, not MissourA. It's St. Louis, not St. Louey.

    October 13, 2008 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
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