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ELECTION 2004: Virginia
Vanity ^ | 11/2/2004 | USNDad

Posted on 11/02/2004 9:31:59 AM PST by UsnDadof8

This seems to be the format everyone else is using as far as title.


TOPICS: Politics/Elections; US: Virginia
KEYWORDS: electionday; gwb2004; va; virgina; virginia
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I voted this morning at 6:30 in Norfolk. Pretty decent line, comparatively speaking. Later my wife is going to be a poll watcher at our polling place.
1 posted on 11/02/2004 9:31:59 AM PST by UsnDadof8
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To: UsnDadof8

My polling place was packed, and as I had to be in office by 8, I delayed. Leaving work early tonight to vote for Dubya.


2 posted on 11/02/2004 9:33:19 AM PST by theDentist (Proud Member of FreeRepublic 's "Pyjama-Hadeen")
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To: UsnDadof8

Bookmarking.


3 posted on 11/02/2004 9:33:39 AM PST by Ex-Dem (AFL-CIO - Where organized labor becomes organized crime.)
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To: theDentist

About the poll watching, it was originally supposed to be me, but it didn't take us long to figure out my wife has more of what it takes to watch the polls. Dems are going to get nothing past her. She is great.


4 posted on 11/02/2004 9:35:33 AM PST by UsnDadof8 (Get out there and vote)
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To: UsnDadof8
Heaviest turnout I've ever seen at my Dem precinct east of Richmond.

Extra watchers and a legal type out front.

5 posted on 11/02/2004 9:36:19 AM PST by mrsmith ("Oyez, oyez! All rise for the Honorable Chief Justice... Hillary Rodham Clinton ")
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To: theDentist; UsnDadof8; Mudboy Slim; Coop; iceskater
Heh... I had to be at theDentist's office at 7:30 a.m. to get two permanent crowns seated. That took 25 minutes.

I decided last night to vote after the appointment, thinking the lines would be shorter. I was wrong. Stood in line for about an hour, was voter 315.

This is in Chesterfield County. We're strongly Republican. But there were a lot of sKerry voters out there. Not enough to change the results.

But enough to think "How can this many people be this stupid?"

6 posted on 11/02/2004 9:36:36 AM PST by Corin Stormhands (Please God...deliver us from "President Kerry!")
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To: UsnDadof8

I went to vote at 9 o'clock this morning near Mt. Vernon in Fairfax County. There usually isn't any line; today there was a one hour wait.


7 posted on 11/02/2004 9:36:42 AM PST by PUGACHEV
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To: UsnDadof8

Husband and I voted on Saturday since we both have long commutes. The local middle school parking lot was overflowing this morning in Fairfax County.


8 posted on 11/02/2004 9:37:51 AM PST by brothers4thID (I have knocked on door of this man's soul- and found someone home.)
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To: UsnDadof8

Long line at 6:10 am in Bumpass in Louisa Co., very conservative area. Took me 20 minutes to get through, by then the line was out the door and into the parking lot.


9 posted on 11/02/2004 9:38:14 AM PST by GodBlessRonaldReagan (Count Petofi will not be denied!)
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To: UsnDadof8

Voted shortly after 6am in Charlottesville. I didn't have to wait in line but there were a good many people streaming in as I was leaving.


10 posted on 11/02/2004 9:41:17 AM PST by SeamusVA
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To: UsnDadof8

I voted in Manassas, VA at 8:15AM this morning. Small polling place with three machines but turnout was very heavy. There were two campaign workers outside the polling place. One Bush (female-babe), one sKerry (girly man-dweeb). I took the literature from the girl and the girly man said to me "How about the Democratic viewpoint?" I just glared at him and shook my head in disgust at him.




11 posted on 11/02/2004 9:41:49 AM PST by DarthVader (Defeating John Kerry is just as important as destroying Al-Qaeda!!!!)
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To: PUGACHEV

Same here, I voted in FFX county, Straford Landing elementary school. voted at 8, 40 minutes to vote.


12 posted on 11/02/2004 9:43:30 AM PST by Mr. D
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To: UsnDadof8

Voted at 6:15 am eastern in Roanoke Virginia. Only Bush supporters outside, no sKerry people anywhere to be seen.


13 posted on 11/02/2004 9:44:04 AM PST by CrazyJoeDivola
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To: UsnDadof8
Thanks, I was thinking of starting a Thread for VIRGINIA.

I'm in Charlottesville, VA..................

Voted on my way to work @ 8:15 AM.......The place was jammed but orderly.......a little slow in the lines but Poll-workers carefully checked identity-documentation........usual Charlottesville crowd, ie. University of Virginia is here so there is a definite skewing of the age of voters to a young-bias.......representatives of both the Pubbies and Rats were polite out front of the polling place.

Go Bush!

14 posted on 11/02/2004 9:45:46 AM PST by DoctorMichael (The Fourth Estate is a Fifth Column!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!)
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To: UsnDadof8

I voted at 6:45, and called my wife to tell her there was already a line. She called later to say the line was even longer when she got there. Local poll veterans say this is the heaviest turnout they've ever seen. No sign of shenanigans, but some people who looked a little befuddled about the whole concept of voting.

Baview area of Norfolk, VA


15 posted on 11/02/2004 9:46:00 AM PST by SlowBoat407 ("Don't bother giving me liberty: I'll take it for myself, thanks.")
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To: UsnDadof8

Thanks. You saved me a state. My wrist and elbow are killing me. :)


16 posted on 11/02/2004 9:46:10 AM PST by doug from upland (Michael Moore = a culinary Pinocchio ---- tell a lie, gain a pound.)
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To: All

Only 6 hrs, 15 minutes til the polls close in VA, SC, GA, NH, VT, KY, IN.


17 posted on 11/02/2004 9:46:30 AM PST by UsnDadof8 (Get out there and vote)
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To: UsnDadof8
I'm on a lunch break from poll watching. VERY heavy turnout at our local (Northern Virginia) precinct - over 50% before noon. This figure includes about 15% absentee voters. Also, more curbside (handicapped) voters than ever before. Weather was chilly this morning but is now sunny and heading up to about 70.
18 posted on 11/02/2004 9:48:07 AM PST by StayAt HomeMother
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To: doug from upland

Yep, I saw what you were doing and thought "carpal tunnel" LOL


19 posted on 11/02/2004 9:48:07 AM PST by UsnDadof8 (Get out there and vote)
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To: UsnDadof8
I just voted, Henry County (near Martinsville)

Only 4 voters there, as usual. There are as many poll workers as voters, which is also usual. It's kinda rural around here lol.

The guy in charge of the polls, who is also my barber, asked me to help them out next year.

Well, that's my report.

P.S. - I voted for Bush.

20 posted on 11/02/2004 9:48:38 AM PST by IDontLikeToPayTaxes
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To: CrazyJoeDivola

My wife waited until 11 to try and miss the rush. We're
in Great Falls which is a small town and very Republican.
In 10 years, we've never seen more than a 15 minute wait.
This morning it was an hour and 15 minutes.

Go Dubya!


21 posted on 11/02/2004 9:48:42 AM PST by vajimbo
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To: SlowBoat407
I'm in the Norview area. I have a feeling Bobby Scott is FINALLY goin' down! Yeah !!!! Eat chad you yellow dog democrat !!! buwahahah.

Sorry, got a little excited there. Back to normal now hee hee.

22 posted on 11/02/2004 9:50:37 AM PST by UsnDadof8 (Get out there and vote)
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To: UsnDadof8

Voted at 6:30AM in Blacksburg. No line at all.

Wasn't turnout really heavy in 1992? Or was that 1994?


23 posted on 11/02/2004 9:53:39 AM PST by AppyPappy (If You're Not A Part Of The Solution, There's Good Money To Be Made In Prolonging The Problem.)
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To: All

I gotta go now and relieve my wife who is teaching study hall at a home school enrichment center, so she can go do the poll watching. I feel sorry for any dems that try any shenanigans while she is on watch ;) I'll check back on FR later before I go to my second job.


24 posted on 11/02/2004 9:54:42 AM PST by UsnDadof8 (Get out there and vote)
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To: IDontLikeToPayTaxes
Oh, I forgot.....

There were 2 Democrat volunteers handing out literature in the parking lot. Both were approx. 60 yrs old Black guys. Very polite and not pushy at all. We really don't have nutty liberals around these parts.

25 posted on 11/02/2004 9:55:55 AM PST by IDontLikeToPayTaxes
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To: UsnDadof8

http://www.timesdispatch.com/servlet/Satellite?pagename=RTD/MGArticle/RTD_BasicArticle&c=MGArticle&cid=1031778897013
Richmond excellence in voting:

"... early voters at Virginia Union University cast ballots in the wrong congressional race until the error was discovered and the correct ballot was entered into one of the voting machines.

"Once it was discovered about 6:10, 6:15 [a.m.], people were offered a paper ballot," said Virginia Board of Elections executive secretary Jean Jensen. "I think the unknown is how many votes were cast before that happened."

Initially, the mechanical voting machine listed the candidates in the 7th congressional district instead of the 3rd. The rest of the ballot was correct, election officials said."


26 posted on 11/02/2004 9:56:45 AM PST by mrsmith ("Oyez, oyez! All rise for the Honorable Chief Justice... Hillary Rodham Clinton ")
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To: AppyPappy

Yeah, it was 1994, the Contract With America. That one took all the pundits by surprise.


27 posted on 11/02/2004 9:56:49 AM PST by UsnDadof8 (Get out there and vote)
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To: UsnDadof8

The Mrs. went to vote before me. While she was there, someone in line was asked for his ID and he yelled, "You're violating my rights! I'm being intimidated here!"

He went ahead and voted after a few people in line told him to "shut up".

Nothing eventful happened when I went to vote.


28 posted on 11/02/2004 9:57:55 AM PST by Mortikhi
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To: Mortikhi
The Mrs. went to vote before me. While she was there, someone in line was asked for his ID and he yelled, "You're violating my rights! I'm being intimidated here!" He went ahead and voted after a few people in line told him to "shut up". Nothing eventful happened when I went to vote.

Forgot to mention...I'm in Spotsylvania County just west of Fredericksburg.
29 posted on 11/02/2004 9:59:55 AM PST by Mortikhi
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To: UsnDadof8

Voted for Thelma here. Either way it goes, I miss Schrock. He was good for this area.


30 posted on 11/02/2004 10:00:03 AM PST by SlowBoat407 ("Don't bother giving me liberty: I'll take it for myself, thanks.")
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To: UsnDadof8

Dh got to the polls in Haymarket when they opened (6:00 a.m.) and had to wait more than an hour. I got there at 9:30 and waited about 45 mins. Saw only one person take a sKerry flyer.


31 posted on 11/02/2004 10:00:38 AM PST by wouldntbprudent ("Tell the truth. The Pajama People are watching you.")
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To: DoctorMichael

Hey DoctorMichael -

I'm here in C-Ville too (voted absentee though because my permanent residence/registration is in northern Virginia). As far as colleges go, UVA isn't especially liberal, so I wouldn't be too concerned. Actually, I've seen quite a few "Vote Bush"/"Vote Goode" chalkings on the sidewalks near the University, and none so far for Kerry.


32 posted on 11/02/2004 10:00:52 AM PST by Ex-Dem (AFL-CIO - Where organized labor becomes organized crime.)
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The November 2, 2004 Election Results will be reported at http://sbe.vipnet.org/

"Report pages will be available beginning at 7:00 PM November 2, 2004
The site will be updated continuously as results are posted by the local registrars."


33 posted on 11/02/2004 10:01:01 AM PST by mrsmith ("Oyez, oyez! All rise for the Honorable Chief Justice... Hillary Rodham Clinton ")
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To: UsnDadof8

My wife and I voted about 8:30, Sherry Park precinct in Va Beach. Steady voting, not much of a line. Two votes from my household for GWB and Thelma Drake!!


34 posted on 11/02/2004 10:04:41 AM PST by flair2000
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To: Ex-Dem
As far as colleges go, UVA isn't especially liberal......

Agreed.

......so I wouldn't be too concerned.

I'm not. I'm just in a VERY liberal department! *LOL*

35 posted on 11/02/2004 10:05:38 AM PST by DoctorMichael (The Fourth Estate is a Fifth Column!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!)
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To: UsnDadof8
I got to the polls at 0540 and was #3 into the machine when the polls opened at 0600. Over a hundred people behind me and had trouble getting out of the church.

Schools are closed today because somany schools are polling stations. I think that is a shame, kids need to be exposed to the process at a young age so that the respect the importance of voting.

36 posted on 11/02/2004 10:08:30 AM PST by Jack of Diamonds
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...voted in Arlington, VA this morning at 8:20am. The line was the longest I have ever seen. This is the Arlington Courthouse area in the shadow of DC. By the time the line snaked around the elementary school and through the gym, it was after 10am so it was nearly 2 hours.

People looked determined, respectful, young, well dressed and employed. I did not see any African Americans at all. A few hispanics and asians were there but the rest were white professionals. The whole affair was quiet, orderly and respectful like communion on Sunday.


37 posted on 11/02/2004 10:09:15 AM PST by johnnycap
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To: UsnDadof8; All

If anyone needs a ride to the polls in the Hampton Roads area, please let me know. A group of us will give any Republican a ride that needs it.

Thanks!


38 posted on 11/02/2004 10:09:18 AM PST by MoJo2001 (Support Our Troops! Operation Season's Greetings - www.proudpatriots.com)
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I got to the polls at 0540 and was #3 into the machine when the polls opened at 0600. Over a hundred people behind me and had trouble getting out of the church.

Schools are closed today because somany schools are polling stations. I think that is a shame, kids need to be exposed to the process at a young age so that the respect the importance of voting.

Virginia Beach

39 posted on 11/02/2004 10:09:31 AM PST by Jack of Diamonds
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To: UsnDadof8
I voted this morning in Fauquier County, Virginia (By God!). Fairly heavy line. Two Tables out front - one skerry, one President Bush. 90%+ people going to the Bush table for voting guides. Same thing at noon when I took my wife back to vote.

All our VIRGINIA belong to BUSH!


40 posted on 11/02/2004 10:10:09 AM PST by GunnyB (Once a Marine, Always a Marine)
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To: UsnDadof8; All
Grrr. I'm really, REALLY starting to get worried about the mounting problem with the ability of old people to function in our society.

Before you get your hackles up, remember, I'm not talking about you. I'm not talking about people who are lucid, know where they are, what day it is, and how to find their way back home. I'm not talking about octogenarians who drive all over to visit their 42 grandkids, and generally have a swell life. I hope to be one of those someday - in fact, I hope to become exceedingly old.

So I guess I'm really not even talking about old people - but I am talking about people who are often old. I'm talking about people like the lady I saw when I voted today in York County.

It's not that somebody had to bring her, and walk her to the booth; physical infirmities are a fact of life. It's not even that somebody had to read the ballot to her.

It's that she didn't vote. Oh, yes, she colored in the circle with the pen that her assistant told her to. But she was completely in the dark about what she was coloring in, what it meant, and even who she was voting for. ("What's this paper?" "YOU NEED TO COLOR THESE CIRCLES." "What's that name?" "JUST FILL IN THAT CIRCLE." "What's that writing on the back?" "THAT'S NOT IMPORTANT.")

I don't know who was assisting her, or even who she voted for. But it was pretty clear to me that she didn't vote; she was a proxy for her assistant. And I'm not even sure who to blame. I see this same scene repeated in department stores and restaurants, from caregivers who understand that a diminished capacity for choice often requires a decision to be forced.

Except that in cases like this, a diminished capacity for choice should simply register no choice - and it rarely does. I fear it's a problem that will never be fixed, because society has largely taken the responsibility for demanding ones rights out of the hands of the individual and placed it in the hands of advocates. This means that even when you are no longer capable of even understanding your right to vote, someone will still insist upon your right to do it anyway.

Sorry for the rant - but I just found this very frustrating.
41 posted on 11/02/2004 10:11:30 AM PST by beezdotcom (I'm usually either right or wrong...)
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To: UsnDadof8
Voted in Warrenton this A.M. at 8:30. Warrenton is in Fauquier County and is pretty Republican.


However, I saw something interesting I'd love some comment on.


I'm standing in line with about 40 other people. There is a mom and her 2 teenage daughters passing out sample ballots and pointing out to people that there are two lines -- 1 for A-K and 1 around the corner sorta for L-Z. They are kind and polite. No sign of anyone for the democratic side, but there was a table set up with sample ballots. Up walks this man in a dark blue suit with Kerry buttons on each lapel, a briefcase in one hand and a cell phone in the other. He announced, LOUDLY "I'm here to make sure there is no voter intimidation or disenfranchisement!" Everyone turned to look at him. There was NOTHING going on! The mother looked at him and said, "we are handing out sample ballots." One of the teenage girls said, "And pointing out there are 2 lines so that people don't stand in the wrong one and then have to go to the back when they get to the door." The suit GLARED at this girl of about 15 and said, "WHY ARE YOU DIRECTING VOTERS TO OTHER DOORS!!!" About that time, a man stepped forward and said, "Sir, if you will look up ahead, there are 2 doors marked A-K and L-Z. These ladies are just offering a courtesy to people." "Well then!! I will have to look into this because we simply CANNOT have voter disenfranchisement!"


He stalked inside and was still on his cell when I came in about 10 minutes later. I heard him say to whomever he was speaking, "Well, yeah, there was a slight problem with some Bush supporters, but I put them in their place....... Well you know how it is in these little towns....... I'll call you as soon as I see something wrong."


Those of us in line were just stunned and shocked beyond belief. The utter arrogance and outright lying! What is wrong with these people?!?!?

42 posted on 11/02/2004 10:12:34 AM PST by SoftballMominVA
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To: UsnDadof8

James City County/Williamsburg is seeing very heavy turnout. Very polite crowds, normal campaign folks outside but nothing untoward going on other than the Bush/Cheney signs at at least two polling places (Clara Byrd Baker E.S. and Jamestown H.S.) being stolen before sunrise.


43 posted on 11/02/2004 10:13:18 AM PST by HenryLeeII ("How do you ask a goose to be the last goose to die for a shameless political stunt?" -Tony in Ohio)
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To: UsnDadof8

I voted at 8 a.m. at a rural school in western Virginia. This year there were four voting machines available instead of the usual two, so a long wait in line was not a problem. Looks like a record turnout is shaping up here. My precinct usually goes Republican in a 3 to 2 proportion.

Go Bush/Cheney, Triplett (for Congress)!

Has anyone seen polls on the Virginia Congressional races?


44 posted on 11/02/2004 10:13:34 AM PST by ngc6656
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To: Mudboy Slim

Hey Mud, the Virginny thread's over here...has Mrs. Edwards started a riot near The Fan yet?


45 posted on 11/02/2004 10:15:41 AM PST by HenryLeeII ("How do you ask a goose to be the last goose to die for a shameless political stunt?" -Tony in Ohio)
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To: Mortikhi
My husband was juggling our toddler on Saturday and during the confusion wrote down the wrong SS number. The poll worker asked to see his ID and then asked for a SS card since it didn't match her lists. I'm GLAD they were that thorough! He was so embarrassed!
46 posted on 11/02/2004 10:23:55 AM PST by brothers4thID (I have knocked on door of this man's soul- and found someone home.)
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To: UsnDadof8

It was still kind of dark as I walked down the street to the Fairfax County Government Center and arrived at 6:30. I missed the sunrise while I waited in a long, orderly line for 90 minutes to vote on one of seven touch-screens.

The I.D. check table to receive a "voting pass" was divided into three lines, according to last initial. "A" through "G" (me!) moved briskly. "H" through "O" had a backlog of patient citizens.

Three people sporting "Democratic Poll Watcher" nametags with the ass -- I mean donkey -- symbol hovered over each I.D. checker, scrutinizing every action, checking and scrawling on pieces of paper in their hands.

There was another guy there with a nametag, and I guess he was a Republican poll watcher. He just seemed to be keeping an eye on the proceedings.

One of the election officers monitoring a voting machine was a former Marine.

Beautiful weather here; Election Day is never this warm. I love it. Maybe I'll wash my car today.


47 posted on 11/02/2004 10:28:26 AM PST by FoxInSocks
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To: UsnDadof8

Chesapeake, large turnout and I vote in every election right down to the Council ones so I'm surprised.

Still say this election will be a landslide to Bush.


48 posted on 11/02/2004 10:29:19 AM PST by OpusatFR (Let me repeat this: the web means never having to swill leftist garbage again. Got it?)
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To: OpusatFR

I am kind of nervous about VA. Bush will win it, right?


49 posted on 11/02/2004 10:33:56 AM PST by Perdogg (Dubya - Right Man, Right Job, at the Right Time!)
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To: SoftballMominVA

They're totally desperate. Luckily in Arlington we didn't have that, but we did have a bizarre foreign film shoot going on:

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1266283/posts?page=17#17


50 posted on 11/02/2004 10:36:50 AM PST by LittleSpotBlog
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