October 27th, 2008
04:44 PM ET
14 years ago

Battle for Virginia shifts to getting voters to the polls

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(CNN) - In the final days before the election, the strategy in battleground Virginia has shifted from getting people registered to making sure they show up to vote.

"The war's being waged in Virginia," said Michael McDonald, associate professor of government and politics at George Mason University and a visiting fellow at the Brookings Institution. "You're seeing both campaigns out in force with their lieutenants and grunts on the ground trying to get people to vote."

Watch: Democrats and Republicans wage ground war in Virginia

With 310,530 new voters registered in Virginia, a whole new group of voters could decide the election in the commonwealth.

Virginia has voted Republican in every presidential race since 1968, but the latest CNN poll of polls calculated Monday shows Barack Obama with a 7-point advantage over John McCain, 51-44 percent, with 5 percent saying they're undecided.

The McCain and Obama campaigns, along with the help of third-party organizations like the AFL-CIO, and women's groups for McCain-Palin have been going door-to-door, making phone calls, handing out literature, and sending text messages to ensure voters know where to go and vote next Tuesday.

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Filed under: Candidate Barack Obama • Joe Biden • John McCain • Sarah Palin
soundoff (168 Responses)
  1. Nick

    Wow... this thread is funny... anyone notice how republicans don't seem to notice the MANY high profile Republicans now supporting Obama? Have they all drunk the coolaid. Actually no, they are the true conservatives that actually want a SMART person running the country.

    October 27, 2008 07:20 pm at 7:20 pm |

    Having keenly followed the campigns from Kenya,and feeling effects of Americas economic downran, OBAMA has the dose for the worlds economic problems.McCain is good at calling names and a good lier.
    America vote OBAMA/BIDEN 08.Save our world.

    October 27, 2008 07:20 pm at 7:20 pm |
  3. Kara

    Palin reminds me of my highschool days right before cheerleading tryouts. She will say and do anything to attract a vote. She'll stab anyone in the back who gets in her way. Heaven help us if this chick gets V.P.

    October 27, 2008 07:22 pm at 7:22 pm |

    Introducing Barack Obama, President of the United States of America.

    October 27, 2008 07:22 pm at 7:22 pm |
  5. Janice Pound

    I just heard McCain say the Democrats would raise your taxes and increase your debt. I guess McCain forgot he's going to continue 10 bill a month war. and build nuclear plants all over the place costing at least 50 mill per. and he's going to put Washington on a budget RIGHT! And why do Reps keep saying we're going to end up with a one party gov't thus destroying the country. Is'nt that what we've had for the last 7yrs? and Bush trying to get rid of more Dems in the justice dept.

    October 27, 2008 07:22 pm at 7:22 pm |
  6. Anne

    Does she ever stop talking about OBAMA?
    Vote OBAMA/BIDEN!!

    October 27, 2008 07:23 pm at 7:23 pm |
  7. Obama/Biden 08!

    Palin's been found guilty of abuse of power and now the Senator Stevens is found guilty well, with 8 days left I think Mccain should just concede this election to Obama. His sidekick's misdoings and corrupt connections are digging him a hole so deep he can't see daylight at the top anymore!

    Go Obama!!

    October 27, 2008 07:23 pm at 7:23 pm |
  8. I said this a while back

    It is a state that has made history..... I truly believe this state is very wise and it keeps religion in the churches and with God where it belongs.
    Obama will be our president that will lead us out of this darkness to a great future.
    Parents for a better future for our children.

    October 27, 2008 07:23 pm at 7:23 pm |
  9. Marcus in Atlanta

    Virginia needs to go blue!!!!! Did anyone see the interview last week where Sarah Palin wasn't able to correctly describe a precondition? She said that it was a strategy that you have before meeting with a hostile foreign leader. She was asked to describe it after she stated that Obama was naive for not requiring them from foreign leaders. What a moron!!!! For all you McCain supporters, a precondition is a requirement that the foreign nation must meet before talks begin.

    October 27, 2008 07:23 pm at 7:23 pm |
  10. tom

    were is my post-oh i see i talked bad about the republicans cant do that on any of the republican backing news centers

    October 27, 2008 07:24 pm at 7:24 pm |
  11. Jonathan

    Virginia + Indiana = proof Barack reaches out to all, not just those who can help him win.

    October 27, 2008 07:26 pm at 7:26 pm |
  12. Chris Mannoia

    Hey CNN!

    There are a lot of us over the road truck drivers that are making sure we get home to Virginia to vote for Barack!

    Obama/Biden '08

    October 27, 2008 07:26 pm at 7:26 pm |
  13. ohio

    toooooooooooooooooooooooooo late mccain we are sick of GOP. there is another GOP got knocked out your next buddy

    October 27, 2008 07:26 pm at 7:26 pm |
  14. Druid Hippies for Obama

    The democrats always whine about getting out the vote, yet their party is too lazy come election day. Don't worry, the silent majority conservative traditional center right coalition which founded, fought for, and defines what is America...is ALIVE and well, thank you very much. WE WILL BE HEARD on election day, and Obama WILL NOT WIN. CARTER WAS AHEAD A FEW DAYS BEFORE THE 1980 ELECTION, GORE WAS UP OVER BUSH IN OCTOBER, AS WAS KERRY IN 2004, AS WAS DEWEY OVER TRUMAN IN 1948. MY MY MY how short sighted the democrat larger public is...

    October 27, 2008 07:27 pm at 7:27 pm |
  15. Seth

    It's officical – Palin is a complete fool.

    October 27, 2008 07:27 pm at 7:27 pm |
  16. Charles from Atlanta

    John McCain had plenty of time during the summer to figure out the economy problem before Democratic primary settling down and he blew up. He has no clue about US economy. "My Friends, I have a plan. I can fix it.." And failing to catch up Obama on issues, he has nothing left except going negative – terrorist, socialism, higher tax, communist, no experience.. McCain supporters can only keep spreading lies and misleading information, instead of explaining McCain's plan (if he has any.) Guys, this is 21st century, Internet has provided detail information about everything. Spreading lies and scare strategy are no longer work. That is the reason why younger generation that has all knowledge using Internet are leaning toward Democratic party. These will be the future force to against GOP.

    October 27, 2008 07:28 pm at 7:28 pm |
  17. Marie

    How come McCain have not come out to speak about Stevens? Is he trying to distance hisself from Stevens as he did Bush?Why can't these people stop being greedy while poor working americans are losing their jobs,Then there are some people upset about Obama spreading the wealth.When you look at the greed of these politicians what's wrong with Obama spreading the wealth and why should we continue allow these people to live comfotable and still want more.Republicans will continue to run the economy in the ground and you mark my word those of you who think McCain would do otherwise than Bush you can't be more wrong

    October 27, 2008 07:29 pm at 7:29 pm |
  18. keekers

    Please, please excercise your right and responsibility as a citizen.
    Take nothing for granted!!!!
    Drive a friend, elderly person, student (anyone) to the polls.
    We all need to be involved so we evolve.

    October 27, 2008 07:29 pm at 7:29 pm |
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