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. Carol OH

    What quality of Jouralism degree did Sarah Palin receive. She can't read she was found to have ABUSE her power as an Alaska Govenor she only had the job for 18 months. She can't pronounce Nor folk but she wants their votes.

    This is shameful and disrepectful.

    October 13, 2008 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  2. Papasan in Arizona

    Palin as VP will go down as the blunder of the century! Wake up Johnny you have lost the Election...

    The last resort of all Failing Republican Campaigns is to energize the base, Right Wing Looneys! Sure they are mad, they are waking up from a long peaceful Bush slumber, to find two morons [McCain/Palin], with a disturbing megalomaniac love affair with themselves, out of touch with our Nations true issues, and engaging in a revolting Smear and Fear campaign! That's a tough wake up call, "MY FRIENDS"!
    The McCain inept solution is an Ignorant Slang Talking Power Hungry Junk Yard Dog [Palin] scampering around the Nation drumming up Racist Bigotry. The obvious erratic incompetence of the McCain/Palin campaign should provide evidence enough that they are unfit for any public office. Americans face the hardest financial disaster in the History of the USA, this is your idea of Change/Solutions/Ansewrs! John McCain / Sarah Palin have no idea what Americans trying to survive face. 401K plans gutted, Unemployment, Foreclosures, and the Global Economy in disarray...
    McCain/Palin are a disgusting self serving disgrace. Clearly proving they are not up to the complex task of keeping the Nation together in hard times.

    P.S. McCain, please do not come back here to Arizona.

    October 13, 2008 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  3. pat C.

    well once more obama blew mccain out of the water! i feel sorry for mccain. he is now trying to run on his being a hero. that is so yesterday and sarah is a joke. obama has a clear view on what it will take to get us out of this bush/mccain era. mccain just does not get!

    October 13, 2008 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  4. Ben - Portland, Or

    Yes, it will run though east Virginia. And it will continue to run right down the east coast into Florida, and the Obama administration will try to repair the damage done by a repulsive blight on our nation's history. You'll be a footnote by the time election night is over.

    October 13, 2008 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  5. Guru X

    One issue important to any modern country is how it deploys proceeds from taxation (in combination with national borrowing) over time. It’s largely the misapplication of such funds say over the last 8 years (war in Iraq for instance is a recent example) that has caused the current problem for Americans. What Obama seems to be proposing overall, is to create a platform to raise employment, real wage levels/real national income while applying the current or even fairer tax code(first phase) leaving Americans living well, feeling cool and remaining responsible (second phase). Will this be painless? No but probably by far more so than other alternatives given the present reality. Importantly, this policy thrust should gradually reduce your national debt so your kids get a good deal too. The trick is in making the right calls not only on external finance and but more critically on domestic investment (public and private) in the short to medium term. McCain cannot go this way because – he has been slow to the draw (reactive) and too ideologically committed to vast sections of the American population still living in the past. But most of all he has not been courageous enough to call a spade what it is – a spade.

    October 13, 2008 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  6. No McCain

    Hey McCain, rhetoric doesnt help anymore...you gotta explain what you have to offer for the American ppl.

    Plus I disagree that Amerca needs a FIGHTER, we need a peace maker.

    Plus it worries me that as you had your last debate, every now and then you were limping....Your health and your age is a great concern my friend.

    October 13, 2008 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  7. lisa M

    Tell me how you can balance being truly conservative and voting Republican, this time around?

    October 13, 2008 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  8. joyce

    she's actually still stumping. after the abuse of power verdict. man, you truly have to be thick thick faced in politics.

    mccain/palin ticket have a lot to worry about. not just virginia but a barrage of red states that are either leaning blue or have gone blue. it is not just hinging on this one.

    October 13, 2008 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  9. Kevin Crowne

    Does Sarah Palin just talk to hear herself talk? I guess you do that when you're in love with yourself.

    October 13, 2008 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  10. Richard


    Barack Obama is campaigning in Ohio.

    Joe Biden is campaigning in New Hampshire.

    John McCain is baby-sitting Sarah Palin in Virginia.

    October 13, 2008 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  11. Darrel from Denver

    What is this latest notion from McCain/Palin that 'the national media has written us off but they forgot to let you decide'?

    The national media are simply reporting the polling, presumably polling talking to the same voters McCain/Palin anticipate deciding in November who will be the next President.

    I believe the electorate has decided and the polls are reflecting that.

    More campaign speak, trying to put lipstick on the pig.

    October 13, 2008 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  12. American for obama------


    I like Tara Wall's comentary that Obama agrees with Bush on some issues....that is Bi-Partisanship Tara.

    He is not so liberal as they want to paint him. He has voted with Bush on a lot of conservative issues which will make the lives of odinary people better.........He's just pragmatic

    October 13, 2008 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  13. Praetorian, Fort Myers

    We all knew it would be a tight race–like 2000.
    Frankly–with the exception of his inability to communicate optimism to the American people–I wouldn't mind deferring the election and keeping George a little bit longer.

    Each of these guys–is intent on re-engineering everything Bush has done–at least that is what they are promising.

    Yet...perhaps we should let all the actions done, particularly in the economy, settle a while before coming up with newer and bolder plans?

    October 13, 2008 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  14. B Whitt

    What, are they joined at the hip? Is she going to go to all the cabinet meetings with him and is he going to go to all the funerals with her?

    They need to try to show that Palin is capable of functioning away from the mother ship. A difficult task, but necessary.

    October 13, 2008 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  15. Queen

    I know what these people are trying to do. Notice how she blew up Obama about Ayers, whom he sat on a board with to improve education and the director recently endorsed McCain (go figure), but has yet to mention "any wrong" doing in her troopergate scandal. Ethics are a huge part of this campaign. Her constant lying, half turths, misleading ifnormatin and John McCain putting her up to all of this is so sickening! Lets just stay focused people, November 5 we'll all get what's best for the country, President Obama!

    Obama/Biden 08!

    October 13, 2008 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  16. Hates Palin!

    Palin is only talking the Rep Base.. No one else is listening!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! He voice annoys me to NO end!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Obama/Biden 2008/2012

    YES WE WILL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    October 13, 2008 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  17. Observant Voter from Texas

    I will NEVER vote for McShame and "Pest"Palin.

    Smart voter!


    October 13, 2008 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  18. independent in Texas

    People are finally awake, and see Obama has best plans for America and economy ! He will WIN..
    Keep this in mind too, has been at least 3 presidents die in office, and should that happen we want Biden in there NOT PALIN...
    Obama thinks GREEN, for all of us, McCain thinks more green for all of THEM..McCain is no longer for the people, just himself and his other greedy rich republicans..even Warren buffet is for Obama..
    No way McCain is gonna beat Obama ..not this time..no way..
    Whites for Obama...in Texas and everywhere...

    October 13, 2008 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  19. Bill

    It's NORFOLK Naval Station, not Naval Station Norfolk!

    October 13, 2008 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  20. Asumang

    I think Sarah Palin is clutching to straw now. telling a hitheto safe red region that the election hinges on their votes sounds like desperation.

    October 13, 2008 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  21. Karen

    Palin words are falling on death ears.. Everything she says is pointless and hold no weight. Palin really think she's has more qualifications than Hillary. If Hillary didn't become the nominee, then we sure as hell will not vote for Palin. This woman needs to get impeached and Monegan need to sue the hell out of her. Palin is trying to

    October 13, 2008 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  22. Anonymous

    Please tell me CNN,Why 99% comments on CNN for Obama,but on Gretawire FOX over 3000 comments 99% against Obama.

    October 13, 2008 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  23. "That One" President Barack Obama

    After Barack " Whips McClowns's Behind" at this final debate Wednesday, Barack's will begin to increase his lead as we we get closer to election day. It cant get here fast enough....So sick of hearing McDubya and Betty Boop Palin.

    Barack Your Vote 08!

    October 13, 2008 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  24. Miholer

    They really need to spend more time with Sara on how to pronounce the names of the cities she is "campaigning" in. The more she talks, the better Barak does in the polls.

    October 13, 2008 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  25. Amy

    I am a proud unregistered voter, and in the past I have supported Republicans, Democrats, and even Ross Perot. This year McCain made my decision for me with his choice of Palin as his VP. I will be voting Obama.

    This woman is in no way qualified to be the next VP, or worse, the next President of the US! She is uneducated in regards to the economy or foreign policy, she is unethical and incites division in all of her speeches . I won't trust her with my future, or my children's future.
    Now more than ever, we need a candidate who represents us all, and who brings us all together.
    Obama 08

    October 13, 2008 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
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