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. Bubba

    Hey, let's elect Palin so she can breach the public trust again. Once is not enough.

    October 13, 2008 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  2. Ex-mod-GOP for Obama

    It's worth pointing out that Norfolk, Nebraska *is* pronounced "Nor-fork." Still won't go over well in Virginia, I wouldn't expect.

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

    McCain never says anything he would do to fix things it is truly unbelievable. How can he expect to any where else in the polls than where he is at?

    October 13, 2008 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  4. petena

    The only places she can pronounce right are those in Alaska. Every place outside of Alaska is foreign to her. She is getting her foreign policy experience! LOL

    October 13, 2008 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |


    October 13, 2008 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  6. Jill-IN

    Swiftboat Sarah needs to go back to Alaska.

    October 13, 2008 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  7. RH

    Why no mention of Obama's ~6 point overall lead in Virginia?

    October 13, 2008 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  8. NV for Obama/Biden

    She has NO credibility!!!! The majority of people that go see her are there for the novelty of it – not because they are going to vote for her – she has zero integrity – zero honesty – nothing that she and Sen. McCain have to say could make me believe that they have the best intrest of the American people in their sights – just 8 more years of the same thing.........

    Sen. Obama has a plan for AMERICA – not just a plan for the select few!!

    October 13, 2008 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  9. Terie

    I just cringe everytime that Sarah talks and lies. She already lied that she didn't break any laws in Alaska. Well, CNN reported Sarah broke the rules as a governor: abusing her power and violated ethical codes. In addition, Todd Palin had access into the governor's office extremely too many times and had an upper hand who to fire. If Sarah becomes president someday, he will be a very very active first dude in the White HOuse. Not a very good idea...spells DISASTER!!!

    October 13, 2008 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  10. Sway the Course

    The campaign may run through many places but it runs over McCain/Palin and deservedly so.

    Neither has offered anything of real substance. Their main theme is to knock down Obama rather than offer constructive ideas.

    October 13, 2008 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  11. Deb n Texas

    Palin and McCain are wasting their time and money.

    October 13, 2008 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  12. sf

    2 weeks ago, her mispronunciation of a major city in the US would have given me a nice chuckle and further conviction of her ineptness when it comes to anything dealing with the lower 48, including geography.

    But now, I just want it over with. She is such a non-issue.

    22 loooooong days and counting.

    October 13, 2008 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  13. Praetorian, Fort Myers

    Hampton Roads–is home to one of the largest African American audiences on the east coast–but also one of the largest military/veterans, and government business contractors along the east coast.

    Should be an interesting battle.
    Particularly at the Newport News Shipyard–where government contracts for military sea vessels is the lifeblood to nearly 100,000 employees and families.

    October 13, 2008 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  14. Earl

    Clueless.... the election covers the entire U.S.A and it is Norfolk

    October 13, 2008 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  15. Margo - TEXAS

    Every time this women speaks I want to puck!

    October 13, 2008 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  16. Independent-Minded American

    I just cant wait for this circus called Palin to go back to hunting moose... you know, we need a "maverick" to keep an eye on the Russians...

    October 13, 2008 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  17. Anonymous

    If John McCain loses blame it on Mitt Romney. As a Mormon he should never have ran knowing that he would never be elected. He has disrupted the conservatives and upstaged McCain who is a far better candidate than Romney every would be. Romney is a selfish politician who doesn't care if he screws up another candidate. Don't welcome Romney back in 2012.

    October 13, 2008 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  18. mitch

    if barack doesnt win there ,he'll win elsewhere. you have more than one area of a state to worry about. a shout -out to my fellow 'rednecks for obama' members, from virginia! go team!!!!

    October 13, 2008 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  19. Jerry Ohio

    Palin need to be impeach...............IMPEACH SARAH PALIN she a awful person for our country.

    October 13, 2008 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  20. Dem from AZ

    Sorry I dont need MCsame as president and the Palins as VP. Dont you find it wierd that he is practically it all the events and on TV. He is not running with MCcain ..Sarah is. I cant wait to see this Republican campain go down in flames.

    October 13, 2008 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  21. Carol

    I beleive it will come down to the wire. Americans will Stand up and we will win. We will VOTE for the man who is Proud, experienced and has OUR interests at heart. He knows who the enemy is has faced him and it and has perservered. He will see us out of the darkness back into the light at the top.


    A proven Patriot, leader, and PROUD AMERICAN

    October 13, 2008 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  22. NCAggie

    McCain has not run a smart campaign...even without all the smears, he hasn't been to the states that could determine the outcome of the election...what a dumb move! He was too comfortable with the traditional "red" states. He's waited until the last 3 weeks to campaign for the states he might lose. He has under estimated the American people.

    October 13, 2008 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  23. Kelby from Houston, TX

    She is right. Any resources Obama has in Virginia must be activated and mobilized if Obama wants to win that state. If Virginia turned blue and Obama got their electoral votes I would be sooooooo happy.


    October 13, 2008 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  24. Jesse from Berlin

    Quotes from John McCain...We cannot spend the next four years as we have spent much of the last eight: waiting for our luck to change. The hour is late; our troubles are getting worse; our enemies watch.
    Then why did he vote 95% of the last 8 yrs with Bush....And how do you distance yourself with Bush who held a close door fund raising for you?

    October 13, 2008 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  25. No More False Choices

    We can have smart & cool in the same package ... OBAMA

    For 40 years we've allowed the Republican National Committee to appeal to America's anti-intellectual side.

    Barack, perhaps because he is African American, is COOL enough to pull off this win and still be the SMART guy in the room.

    SMART doesn't guarantee he's always right but boy, I'll take SMART over DUMB any day.

    October 13, 2008 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
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