November 2nd, 2009
05:04 PM ET
13 years ago

Virginia election will have low turnout, Democrat predicts

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="Bobby Scott acknowledged Monday a lack of enthusiasm among Virginia Democrats in this year's gubernatorial race."]
RICHMOND, Virginia (CNN) - Rep. Bobby Scott, D-Virginia, acknowledged Monday a lack of enthusiasm among Virginia Democrats in this year's gubernatorial race, and predicted that turnout at the polls tomorrow will be low.

If that forecast holds true, Tuesday could be a difficult day for Creigh Deeds and his fellow Democrats, who have strung together a series a statewide victories in recent years by capitalizing on high voter turnout in Democratic-leaning regions of Virginia. Deeds is trailing Republican Bob McDonnell in the polls, due largely to an exodus of independent voters from the Democratic fold.

"It's going to be a low-turnout election," Scott told CNN after appearing at a rally with Deeds and the rest of the Democratic ticket in Richmond. "It's going to be tough. But Creigh Deeds knows how to come from behind."

Scott, the highest-ranking African-American elected official in the state, said he saw anecdotal evidence that Democrats have been getting more excited about the election over the final few days. He said a rally in Roanoke earlier in the day was larger than a similar crowd in the city at the same point last year, when Barack Obama captured the state on his way to winning the White House.

But he admitted that voters in his heavily-Democratic district are "not as enthusiastic as last year," even with an appearance by the president in Norfolk last week.

"There is no question that turnout will be the difference," he said. "And if there's a lack of enthusiasm then it breeds real trouble for the Democrats."

Filed under: Creigh Deeds • Virginia
soundoff (19 Responses)
  1. Mark

    Hmm I wonder why??

    November 2, 2009 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
  2. vic nashville , Tn

    Mainstream media making big issue on tomorrow elections

    If they don’t have news they can close the station for a day we don’t mind

    November 2, 2009 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  3. Spirit of America

    Our voter participation rates are shameful. Why do we make it so tough to vote? Hold elections on weekends or make election day a national holiday. And implement election day registration across the country. Or is someone afraid of democracy breaking out?

    November 2, 2009 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |
  4. Fair is Fair

    Hey look!!! Deeds looks like he's crying!

    Wait till the boo-boo face tomorrow!

    November 2, 2009 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  5. john

    should be fun to watch the mainstream media scramble to put a positive spin on the GOP vistories in VA and NY. OBama will guide the mainstream media on what to say and when to say it

    November 2, 2009 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  6. yuri

    With the economic recovery playin' hide and seek, it only makes sense that people have become blase about the whole election process. Yet, it behooves the voters to cast their ballot and cotinue the democratic deeds, so they can deal a death blow to ennui and indecision.

    November 2, 2009 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |
  7. Debby

    I am not surprised all you that voted for Obama can now see he doesn't have the qualifications to be President.

    November 2, 2009 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
  8. Dave

    low turn out, high turn out, what will turn out is a shift on support for the current administration policies (or lack there of)....

    November 2, 2009 05:38 pm at 5:38 pm |
  9. victim of republican greed

    I think the wingnuts might be a little disappointed if they think this off year election is a referendum on Obama's first 10 months in office.

    November 2, 2009 05:49 pm at 5:49 pm |
  10. terry,va

    The reason why people turned out in droves was to get rid of Republicans. They were willing to take a chance on a "pig in a poke" than to elect anymore Repub's. In most cases that is what they Obummie. Now the people have come to their senses. Change is all we will have in our pockets until 2010 and 2012.

    November 2, 2009 05:54 pm at 5:54 pm |
  11. They call me "tater salad"

    Well maybe if you Democrats would have seized the opportunity you were given by we the people to prove that you actually had a pair and accomplished something, instead of letting the "Party of WMD's" bully you around, you probably wouldn't have this problem!!! This isn't rocket science you morons...........WAKE UP!!!!!

    November 2, 2009 05:57 pm at 5:57 pm |
  12. Brian from NJ

    Wow, now the Democrats are making excuses before they lose!!! Let me help you out here... how about this: Your candidate stinks!

    November 2, 2009 05:58 pm at 5:58 pm |
  13. Mike Syracuse, NY

    Already trying to make excuses why the Obama magic has failed. This election is just a preview of massive Democratic loses in the 2010 elections. You think the Bush fatigue vote was bad, just wait until the "i was a sucker for Obama' vote gets even.

    November 2, 2009 05:58 pm at 5:58 pm |
  14. mjm

    Only CNN can say "due largely to an exodus of independent voters from the Democratic fold" and NOT make it about the Democrat's and Obama's big liberal agenda.

    The first chance voters get they go with the Republican.

    You Dems still want to push the public option?

    November 2, 2009 09:30 pm at 9:30 pm |
  15. Ian

    As a Virginian I find this rather amusing. I personally would rather not vote for either of the candidates. Deeds is a moron and McDonell is a religious nut job. Great choices...

    November 2, 2009 09:36 pm at 9:36 pm |
  16. Ian

    Also the statement "But Creigh Deeds knows how to come from behind" made me laugh. Maybe thats just me though.

    November 2, 2009 09:38 pm at 9:38 pm |
  17. German,Irish American

    One thing you can be sure of, is if the New Jersey vote is close enough for a recount, there will be a caravan of cars from Minnesota with "lost" ballots in their trunks for Corzine.

    November 2, 2009 09:40 pm at 9:40 pm |
  18. Brad

    Lack of enthusiasm... do you wonder why? At the federel, state and local levels, just look at yourselves. You've been around too long, the same names, the same faces, the same failures. And you idiots call yourself pubic servants... what a joke you all are. The joke in 2010 will be on any and every incumbent when you finally realize that nobody even cares about YOU any more.

    November 2, 2009 10:01 pm at 10:01 pm |
  19. malclave

    Are they counting all the ACORN absentee ballots from people who can't legally vote there?

    November 2, 2009 10:04 pm at 10:04 pm |