October 27th, 2008
04:44 PM ET
13 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. SocialWkratHeart

    I am a former Virginian. I have for many years been disappointed in my fellow Virginian's for being so provocatively influenced by the Republican party by using the "hot topics" of abortion and religion to polarize the voters. In the Bible belt it is so seductive to persuade people that voting democratic is blasphemy.

    I am so very proud of the people in Virginia this year for taking a hard look at the veil of hypocrisy by the Republicans. I am now living in NC and hopefully North Carolina voters' eyes have been opened as well. There is a reason that Church and State are separated. To vote Democratic –for all people to have access to the American Dream– rather than the Republicans wanting to protect their turf so that the wealthiest can stay wealthy, is not antithetical to Christianity–it is the very foundation of what Jesus taught!

    October 27, 2008 06:59 pm at 6:59 pm |
  2. Jessica in the va



    MCCAIN 2008

    October 27, 2008 07:00 pm at 7:00 pm |
  3. lu/missouri

    Gov.Sarah Palin is beautiful inside out,she can put an old bedsheet &
    well still look dignified.She has more qualification which include high
    level security clearance unlike senator Obama ,just have the dollar.
    Spread wealth is best for America with hateful Sen. Harry Reid,Speaker Peluso,Sen. Cris Dodd, Sen. Barney Frank, Rep. Waters ( if it is not broken do not fix ),start praying for nothing is not going to be fixed. WE ARE LUCKY TO HAVE PRES. BUSH as our President during this man made castastrophe.Thanks PRES.BUSH !

    October 27, 2008 07:04 pm at 7:04 pm |
  4. Farrell, Houston, Tx

    Come on Virginia, vote Obama for your childrens' future not for McCain who clearly has no vision for the future. McCain's time has come and gone and we cannot go back and relive the failure of McCain/Bush policies. VOTE OBAMA.

    October 27, 2008 07:05 pm at 7:05 pm |
  5. Lucky

    I don't understand why people would still vote for McCain and Palin. If they are it's really not about the issues. Hell repulican leaders are jumping ship. McCains ship is sinking and Palin is the hole in it. How can McCain and Palin bring this country together when their rally are full of hatefull people. Republican is not in this year. Go Obama and Biden.

    October 27, 2008 07:06 pm at 7:06 pm |
  6. Democrate 08

    McCain/Lain is going down, down, down,.....this is great news.

    When is McCain/Palin going to take responsibility on these neo nazi's, they are to be blamed for spreading this hatred in this country...

    Republicans are going down in 2008. It is time for tge democrates the intelligent group to take over this country...either join us or move with old fart and moose killer...

    October 27, 2008 07:06 pm at 7:06 pm |
  7. Alice

    I want Sarah's clothes when this is over!

    Anyone know what size she is?

    October 27, 2008 07:08 pm at 7:08 pm |
  8. The Nightingale Sings in Berkley Square

    Hey I just heard from a URS that obama is throwing in the towel and crashing to defeat. Seems his town of Chicago needs him to take care of the crime in his neighborhood.

    I say if you can't control your hometown how in tarnation are you going to control our nation.

    Give it up Obama and return to clean up your town

    October 27, 2008 07:09 pm at 7:09 pm |
  9. Tracy McKeon

    Viet Vet: Thank you.

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

    Hey My Man McCain; You're right it's not only an empty suit, but an Armani Designer Suit and a silk tie, which the Bleeding Libs paid for with their contribution. Along with the private jet to Hawaii. Obama has these no brains believing his BS. LOL LOL LOL LOL LOL LOL LOL

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

    Sarah Palin from the state that does not pay income tax or sales tax.Thats not good enough so give every resident including herself and kids $3,200.00.She wanted to share the wealth, not sure what you call that but I call it Socialism and Alaska is the leader in dollars given to residents. Yeah she is all mavericky and reforming the state.Her pal Stevens should vote for McCain

    October 27, 2008 07:11 pm at 7:11 pm |
  12. theogracias

    That woman is making me sick.

    October 27, 2008 07:11 pm at 7:11 pm |
  13. No Hillary = No Obama

    Notice how Obama is reving up the rhetoric – just like a Sunday Preacher. I don't know why he feels he has to do this, since he already wrote his swearing-in speech. The more I hear this guy talk, the more he sounds like bull crap.

    October 27, 2008 07:12 pm at 7:12 pm |
  14. Mikey

    Wow! It's getting really ugly out there. The Obama haters are really begining to panic. I have to admit – I just love watching y'all squirm.

    President Barack Obama – it's got a nice ring to it!

    Yes we can! Go out and VOTE !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    October 27, 2008 07:13 pm at 7:13 pm |
  15. Julie

    Palin has a big mouth and an empty head.

    October 27, 2008 07:13 pm at 7:13 pm |
  16. NJ

    I just got a Robocall from the Demwitts. Disgusting OBAMA Propaganda. I just slammed the phone on them. Dems playing dirty, but you don't hear that on CNN. HYPOCRITES......


    October 27, 2008 07:14 pm at 7:14 pm |
  17. Jill

    I still can not understand how there are any women or women's groups that support Palin. Do you not realize that she will reverse women's rights! She is not Hiliary Clinton, she is not your friend and she is not a "socer mom". Ladies we are too smart to be fooled by speeches and labels. Her narrow minded social views will hurt this country.

    October 27, 2008 07:14 pm at 7:14 pm |
  18. Alexa

    Wow, I'll bet McCain is kicking himself about now. Sarah sure stabbed him in the back.! She'll always be remembered as the chick who doomed the Republican ticket.

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

    Palin and her pal Stevens, another felon should campaign together! Hey, he could get some free clothes from the tax payers that way!
    Go Obama/Biden

    October 27, 2008 07:15 pm at 7:15 pm |
  20. MARK P.

    Sarah Palin thinks too highly of herself.

    October 27, 2008 07:16 pm at 7:16 pm |
  21. Jim L.

    Dear My Man Mccain:
    Obama may be an empty suit (I don't think so) but you are clearly an empty head. One more week!

    October 27, 2008 07:17 pm at 7:17 pm |
  22. Lyle Hindricks

    Palin thinks she's hot stuff...she'll always be laughed at.

    October 27, 2008 07:17 pm at 7:17 pm |

    killing spree" against African-Americans that would have been capped with an attempt to kill Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama.

    This is what McCain and Palin HATEFUL speeches have brought to light, they can't deny they created this VOTE OBAMA and lets get America respected around the world again!!!

    October 27, 2008 07:17 pm at 7:17 pm |
  24. tee

    Union worker for Mccain

    Socialism has always been a part of the american policy. Social security, police, money for the school systems disability, bailout ect...

    Could you explain socialism to me?

    October 27, 2008 07:19 pm at 7:19 pm |
  25. Jack

    It looks like Virginia, Ohio, Florida and possibly Colorado will be deciding this elecation. It will be interesting to see if the people suffering in those states stick with what got them there or will they step in a new direction.

    October 27, 2008 07:19 pm at 7:19 pm |
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