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. 37-year-old First Time Voter

    Is anyone paying attention to her anymore? I don't think so.

    October 13, 2008 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  2. Jack

    . . . I wonder if Sara Palin sneeks and reads all of the blogs. If not,
    I strongly suggests that she does so.

    Democrats 08.

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

    My friends, do NOT let anything keep you from voting. They have proven that they can steal an election no matter what the polls say. We need to know Obama/Biden are up by 15 and have 350 electoral votes and still drive every registered voter we know to the polls!

    October 13, 2008 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  4. Robert

    "my friend" shes right.. unless the election runs through Nevada.. or Arizona.. or Florida or.. pick a state! Shes Desperate, ignorant and annoying. 22 more days of hearing her shrill riot inciting voice –

    ya see "my friends" being 8points down is exactly where we wanted to be at this point!

    go Home McSame and Painful Palin! neither of you are Mavericks!

    October 13, 2008 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  5. proud army and navy mom

    Did anybody read the Troopergate Report?

    Is todd palin a panty-wearing coward or what? He ought to be ashamed of the way he tried to get that trooper fired. Somebody tell him to man-up!

    October 13, 2008 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  6. Marcia

    Why does CNN keep going on and on about the Bradley effect, Bill Ayers (now debunked by all reputable organizations), etc and has barely discussed the revelation that Sarah Palin has been found by a bipartisaqn commission in Alaska (10 Republicans and 4 Democrats) to have abused her power as Governor of Alaska? Why there is not a single report on the excessive role of Todd Palin in Governor's office (note that Todd Palin is a high school drop out who has no business making such decisions). If Joe Biden would have been accused of abusing the power of his office, the scandal would be tremendous!

    October 13, 2008 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  7. Ken, Sterling, VA

    Hello to Palin from Northern Virginia, the place that helped put Jim Webb in the Senate, and will likely put Obama in the White House. This is where most of the people are these days!

    October 13, 2008 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  8. oh no

    She must be addressing the good guys.........

    October 13, 2008 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  9. Rodger

    Too bad the military, including the Navy, know that the VA and those who served in Iraq and Afghanistan, rated McCain a D and Obama a B, with respect to VA benefits, and support with equiptment in Congress. The troops in Iraq and making contributions to Obama at the rate of 6-1. What does that say...."all hat, and no cattle"!!!

    October 13, 2008 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  10. JL

    Did someone ask her which magazine she read that in?

    October 13, 2008 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  11. ENE M DIAZ


    October 13, 2008 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  12. Pedro Elizondo of VA

    The best Sarah can do now is just stop talking. She has lost all credibility.

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

    This one Virginian will not be voting for you – that is for sure.

    Obama 08

    October 13, 2008 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  14. Bill

    Funny, I've never been polled and don't know anyone who has.

    October 13, 2008 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  15. Football Mom in Indiana

    Will someone please take her back to Alaska since she won't go willingly

    October 13, 2008 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  16. Rick CT

    Allowing people to raid their own retirement accounts is no answer

    October 13, 2008 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  17. angelainmemphis

    She doesn't speak for me at all................

    October 13, 2008 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  18. Corey W

    Those idiots are now realizing that the "party is almost over", but we must still get out and vote.

    October 13, 2008 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  19. For Obama

    Another speech with no substance only negative remarks.

    October 13, 2008 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  20. Tom

    Sarah sure has my vote!

    October 13, 2008 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  21. Va homey

    I'm from Va. and by what I can tell, You and father time have already lost.

    Go home.

    October 13, 2008 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  22. Debby

    Yeah I believe Obama's campaign is working furiously for those black votes and from the looks of the other states they would register dogs and cats to win this election how pathetic. Voter fraud at its worse this year. Obama and his new tax plan will certainly put us over the edge in spending. How about just leaving taxes alone like McCain suggested.

    October 13, 2008 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  23. California Gold

    I'd rather have a cup of Joe (Biden) than a Palin 6-pack.

    Obama/Biden '08

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

    Is Sarah Palin smarter than a 5th grader? No, she's not even smarter than a 1st grader?

    What an idiot....

    Obama/Biden 08

    October 13, 2008 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  25. rick

    as long as it stays away from the communist parts of the beltway, the real Americans who love America should win

    October 13, 2008 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
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