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Virginia Moves Toward Romney
Real Clear Politics ^ | Sept.2,2012 | Salena Zito

Posted on 09/02/2012 8:08:59 AM PDT by Hojczyk

Wanda Snead wants the same thing for her family, her community and her country: “Someone who will take charge of this mess that is happening in our economy and get the country moving again.”

Snead, 56, and her husband, Sam, 64, run a real estate company in this charming Northern Virginia town at the base of Shenandoah National Park, where majestic Skyline Drive meanders down to North Carolina.

They have owned the company for more than 30 years. In 2009 they had ten agents and two offices; today they have three agents and one office.

“We are very fortunate and blessed to be able to keep our doors open still, but it has been a struggle,” she said. Housing keeps America’s economy going, she said, and “Obama has clearly never understood that.”

Snead and her husband are not fanatical Republicans. They are independent voters who, for the first time, have a political sign in front of their business along John Marshall Highway, which runs through the center of town.

Armando Torres, 53, a Democrat from Bristow in suburban Northern Virginia, is a master electrician and engineer; he also owns a small property-management business.

“We have just been devastated, not only in this economy but in the decisions we have to make for our future,” he said.

Torres works as an electrical engineer during the day, then runs his own business after punching out. He worries about his employees every minute of every day: “It’s gotten to the point where I am not bringing in enough to make payroll, which means I am either laying people off or borrowing money.”

He and his wife, Kim, said Romney has their full support in November.

“It is vital that he wins,” Torres said emphatically.

(Excerpt) Read more at realclearpolitics.com ...


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1 posted on 09/02/2012 8:09:02 AM PDT by Hojczyk
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To: Hojczyk
Salena is a great election reporter....I hope she is on John Batchelor tonight
2 posted on 09/02/2012 8:10:49 AM PDT by Hojczyk
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To: Hojczyk

Virginia, Ohio and either Iowa or Wisconsin. That where it will be won or lost.


3 posted on 09/02/2012 8:20:33 AM PDT by fhayek
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To: Hojczyk

Here in the Old Dominion, it’s not so friendly to Obama/Biden these days. :-)


4 posted on 09/02/2012 8:30:40 AM PDT by MissMagnolia (Being powerful is like being a lady. If you have to tell people you are, you aren't. (M.Thatcher))
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To: MissMagnolia

My political friend says he sees no ground game or energy for romney in VA is that correct?


5 posted on 09/02/2012 8:33:56 AM PDT by Walkingfeather
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To: MissMagnolia

Zero’s corner is shrinking daily.


6 posted on 09/02/2012 8:34:09 AM PDT by going hot (Happiness is a momma deuce)
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To: Hojczyk

Pet peeve time, is it possible for an article to GET TO THE POINT? Every writer nowadays thinks I want to read about the Sneads and Shenendoah Valley’s geography before finally addressing the article headline: Virginia Moves Toward Romney. Did it ever get there, I gave up.


7 posted on 09/02/2012 8:46:16 AM PDT by Andrei Bulba (No Obama, no way!)
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To: Walkingfeather

The primary situation got really mucked up here with only Romney & Paul on the ballot and that left a sour taste in a lot of mouths. Ryan has been here twice in the last week or so and getting good crowds - folks really like him. I suspect that the Romney campaign has been leaving VA to McDonnell, Cuccinelli, Bolling, etc. but will be making more personal appearances now that they have more campaign funds and it’s closer to November.

Biden has not been doing so well here (local business refused a visit) and Obama got turned down by UVA for an on-campus visit. Obama pretty much has to go to a college environment or a black area (Bobby Scott’s district, etc.) to get the kind of turnout he needs to be seen as still ‘popular’. The Allen/Kaine Senate race is going to start heating up the politics around here pretty quickly, too. From talks I’ve had with folks (small business owners, etc.) a lot of the preppy-type Obama voters are staying quiet about their votes come November. but I don’t think they’ll be pulling the lever for him again.


8 posted on 09/02/2012 8:53:51 AM PDT by MissMagnolia (Being powerful is like being a lady. If you have to tell people you are, you aren't. (M.Thatcher))
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To: Hojczyk

And let’s hope that George Allen wins election back to the Senate.

I still can’t believe how the MSM manufactured that controversy about “macaca”. George Allen said macaca, and the Washington Post and others ran front page stories, defining macaca for us, and telling us that it was an ethnic slur. The whole thing was manufactured. But it was enough to defeat Allen in 2006.

Virginia is a battleground state. Let’s hope it comes through.


9 posted on 09/02/2012 8:54:26 AM PDT by Dilbert San Diego
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To: Hojczyk

And let’s hope that George Allen wins election back to the Senate.

I still can’t believe how the MSM manufactured that controversy about “macaca”. George Allen said macaca, and the Washington Post and others ran front page stories, defining macaca for us, and telling us that it was an ethnic slur. The whole thing was manufactured. But it was enough to defeat Allen in 2006.

Virginia is a battleground state. Let’s hope it comes through.


10 posted on 09/02/2012 8:54:26 AM PDT by Dilbert San Diego
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To: Andrei Bulba
Ohmygosh, know what you mean... seems like most of these writers see reporting the news as their opportunity at writing prose... like getting the romanic setting just right before giving the low-down. I give up on a lot of articles just because I don't have time to read through the fluff, or I get bored with their regurgitation of all the facts for the 30th time before getting to nut of the thing.
11 posted on 09/02/2012 8:56:27 AM PDT by dps.inspect (rage against the Obama machine...)
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To: fhayek

I would add Florida to the list. If Obama carries Florida, it will make it that much tougher for Romney, as he would have to carry more of the battleground states.

We have to know that it’s unlikely that Romney gets all of the battleground states. So it will come down to which ones go his way. I think Florida is a key one since it has so many electoral votes.


12 posted on 09/02/2012 8:56:41 AM PDT by Dilbert San Diego
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To: fhayek

I strongly believe my beloved Old Dominion won`t repeat its 2008 error, America. Sorry for Virginia OD`ing on the kool-aid last time around.


13 posted on 09/02/2012 9:05:43 AM PDT by ScottinVA (If Obama is reelected, America will deserve every mockery that follows.)
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To: Walkingfeather
My political friend says he sees no ground game or energy for romney in VA is that correct?

Anecdotes are poor measures of conditions, so I hope your friend is incorrect. I believe the Romney campaign will do whatever it takes to win Virginia, as I see no plausible path to victory for Romney without winning the Commonwealth.

14 posted on 09/02/2012 9:09:29 AM PDT by TonyInOhio (Obama, a ship sailing on yesterday's wind)
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To: Walkingfeather
Emphatically don't agree !
The Romney people are very aggressive here in Northern Va.
Phone calls (every other day it seems!), ringing doorbells (twice...once with a Romney sign in my yard!)....and speaking of that Romney sign....I got up one morning and there it was! They didn't even ask ! It pissed me off for awhile, I was by no means a Romney supporter in the primary. In fact I was still mad about how the Va GOP-Elites had slanted the playing field for Romney. To me that does show aggression and a desire to win. Something I never saw when McCain was running!

However Romney won, he got a plurality or a straight win even in primaries where they didn't stack the deck. He is the only viable alternative to ridding us of the Zero plague. Romney is at least unambiguously an American and loves this country, he has actually done “things” ,more then just trolling for votes. I still think he is among those GOP candidates that would simply do a good job of “managing our decline”, and that's not because they are bad people, its the only thing in their idea horizon to do. I have said this many times before if our rush to disaster is slowed down to 200 mph and decelerating rather then the current 1000 mph and accelerating we can still turn this around. I think Romney is a "manager" capable of doing the "deceleration". The Paul Ryan selection gives me particular reason to think so. An incremental improvement is better then no improvement and certainly better then continued damage!
15 posted on 09/02/2012 9:20:10 AM PDT by Reily
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To: fhayek

You folks gonna be surprised, big time!!! Virginia, North Carolina, Ohio, Iowa, Wisconsin, Nevada, Michigan, Florida, New Hamshire, Maine, Pennsylvania, all going for Romney/Ryan on November 6, 2012. Potential for Romney/Ryan: New Jersey, Connecticut, Illinois, Minnesota, Oregon, Washington State. Obama and Democrat Party. loss by a landslide!!!


16 posted on 09/02/2012 9:20:29 AM PDT by JLAGRAYFOX ( My only objective is defeat and destroy Obama & his Democrat Party, politically!!!)
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To: Hojczyk

It apauls me that Virginia, Washington’s home state, voted for the usurper.


17 posted on 09/02/2012 9:41:05 AM PDT by bgill
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To: JLAGRAYFOX

I’d like to believe your prediction for a Romney landslide including Washington State. But, unless you live here you have no idea of how many incredibly naive and stupid leftists continue to keep us a one party state. and of late, if the votes are not there on election day, the machine manufactures them. I don’ t expect this year to be any different.


18 posted on 09/02/2012 9:41:39 AM PDT by rickomatic
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To: Hojczyk

This article doesn’t really say anything. Doesn’t reference a poll or anything olther than an interview with a couple of people.

I’m here, in VA, and let me tell what I see: indifference. The ads have been going for months. I see few signs or bumper stickers. No one wants to talk about the election. Its really kind of weird to tell the truth.

In my neighborhood with 150 plus homes I went around both Thursday and Friday and counted signs and bumper stickers. The results:

Zero yard signs. None. Nada.

2 bumper stickers for hussein.
1 bumper sticker for Rick Santorum
2 bumper stickers for Virgil Goode (my house).

That’s it. In going around town I’ve seen maybe a total of 40 signs/stickers for hussein. 12 or 13 for willard. And that’s it. As compared to 2008 its really something to behold.


19 posted on 09/02/2012 9:50:41 AM PDT by RKBA Democrat (WILLARD 2012 - It's not just a campaign, it's a conservative suicide pact!)
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To: RKBA Democrat
In my NOVA neighborhood:

Zero yard signs for Zero
5 or 6 for Romney

and like I said before we keep getting phone calls
Maybe the RR campaign thinks the tipping point for Va is NOVA and maybe the Norfolk-Newport News-Hampton Roads areas.
I would like to hear if they have had similar experiences like I have had.

20 posted on 09/02/2012 9:55:29 AM PDT by Reily
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To: Walkingfeather

The VA gop hasn’t had a ground game in awhile.

I am not a member of the gop. However here in VA we have an open primaries and I did vote in the last two gop primaries. Those lists of who voted are provided to the parties. Do you know how many door hangers or campaign circulars I’ve received?

Zero.


21 posted on 09/02/2012 10:03:32 AM PDT by RKBA Democrat (WILLARD 2012 - It's not just a campaign, it's a conservative suicide pact!)
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To: JLAGRAYFOX

I think Romney will carry nine of the eleven states you referenced as certainties; and of the six “potentials” you mentioned, Romney MAY carry one. There is no way in hell Romney will carry Illinois of Washington, and if those states were even remotely close the well-oiled voter fraud would ensure an Obastard victory in this states. I think Romney has a shot at Connecticut, and maybe even Minnesota; but it would take a miracle for him to carry Oregon and New Jersey.


22 posted on 09/02/2012 10:06:00 AM PDT by ought-six ( Multiculturalism is national suicide, and political correctness is the cyanide capsule.)
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To: JLAGRAYFOX

I think Romney will carry nine of the eleven states you referenced as certainties; and of the six “potentials” you mentioned, Romney MAY carry one. There is no way in hell Romney will carry Illinois of Washington, and if those states were even remotely close the well-oiled voter fraud would ensure an Obastard victory in those states. I think Romney has a shot at Connecticut, and maybe even Minnesota; but it would take a miracle for him to carry Oregon and New Jersey.


23 posted on 09/02/2012 10:06:52 AM PDT by ought-six ( Multiculturalism is national suicide, and political correctness is the cyanide capsule.)
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To: Reily

Its the polar opposite in tidewater. Odd that the willard campaign seems to be writing off this area. Odder still in that the Governor is from this area. Maybe that’s the issue. He’s the only statewide pol from the area and he is not too popular right now because of the tolls.


24 posted on 09/02/2012 10:10:27 AM PDT by RKBA Democrat (WILLARD 2012 - It's not just a campaign, it's a conservative suicide pact!)
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To: Hojczyk

I’m afraid that the map of Virginia is like the map of the US, 2008: most of the land area goes to the Republican, but the Democrat cleans up in the urban areas. Virginia has a lot of leftists in the close in NVA suburbs and arty places like Old Town Alexandria. It also has many poor and/or ignorant minorities who will vote for Obama.

Sometimes I’m working very late, so late that I have a chance to talk to the cleaning crew coming in at 11 p.m. I was watching the GOP convention online last week when a very nice Eastern European lady came in to dust the office. Very worthwhile person, extremely hard-working, smart, focused, organized, a Christian, has education from her home country. But her English is so awful that she couldn’t understand the issues. She was very proud that she was a new US citizen and this is the first election in which she’ll be able to vote.

“Who are you going to vote for?” I asked.

“I vote Obama. He good. Happy. Other man, no. Eh. Not help so good poor womans like me.”

As you see, it’s pretty difficult to have an in-depth conversation about sociopolitical issues with people in this situation. They’re not going to read and analyze, but they’re sure-God going to vote.


25 posted on 09/02/2012 11:32:12 AM PDT by ottbmare (The OTTB Mare)
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To: ottbmare

Anyone from Eastern Europe who’d lived under the thumb of communism would be voting for Romney.

Would you mind sharing this lady’s country of origin?


26 posted on 09/02/2012 11:40:10 AM PDT by thecodont
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To: thecodont

I don’t want to out her too much. She speaks in a stumbling way about how terrible communism was. She says her country has elected some socialist types again recently, (if I understand her correctly, which is questionable). It’s so hard to explain what Obama has done wrong to someone whose English is so very limited.

She HATES Russia and Russians. Nothing PC there! “Bad people, all bad. Women bad. I see, eh? Yes, bad.”


27 posted on 09/02/2012 11:48:02 AM PDT by ottbmare (The OTTB Mare)
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To: ottbmare

Thanks. It’s funny that she realizes communism is a bad deal and yet she somehow doesn’t see that BO is a communist too and wants to duplicate the failed policies of communist countries in our country.

From what I’ve read of overseas press, some countries are still enamored of BO’s celebrity persona and don’t examine his policies at all. I can think of at least one Eastern European country (one which should DEFINITELY know better!) and one Western European country who are guilty of this. It’s very disappointing, when people don’t study history.


28 posted on 09/02/2012 11:53:22 AM PDT by thecodont
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She’s in her late fifties so she has seen communism up close and personal. As I said, she is actually quite well-educated, but her English is so bad she could never hope to do what she did before she came here. I doubt she reads anything much in English. She is absolutely not a liberal—has complete contempt for anyone who doesn’t work as hard as she does. Exactly the kind of immigrant we need. Lots of guts. But she just sees smiling media pictures of Obama and doesn’t realize he’s a commie too.

My point is, I bet there are a lot of people like that, people who are voting for Obama because they aren’t informed. If the nation is going down into the septic tank, it’s Bush’s fault, surely.


29 posted on 09/02/2012 12:05:11 PM PDT by ottbmare (The OTTB Mare)
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To: ottbmare

If she’s an educated person, it would be good if she could find a conservative group of people who share her heritage and speak her language, and can set her straight. It’s too bad that she’s influenced by (biased) American media. I suppose in her home country the communists didn’t smile as much and didn’t make appearances on Dancing with the Stars.


30 posted on 09/02/2012 12:10:00 PM PDT by thecodont
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To: Andrei Bulba

story was about the people, i don’t write headlines


31 posted on 09/02/2012 3:03:54 PM PDT by Salena Zito (http://www.pittsburghlive.com/x/pittsburghtrib/blogs/fortyfourthestate/)
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To: RKBA Democrat

I interviewd over 100 people only used 2 because they captured what the rest said all either Dems or Indies


32 posted on 09/02/2012 3:06:03 PM PDT by Salena Zito (http://www.pittsburghlive.com/x/pittsburghtrib/blogs/fortyfourthestate/)
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To: Salena Zito

Interesting that you’re posting here. Thanks for the feedback.

With all respect, I think the article is misleading. Every poll I’ve seen of late puts VA in the close to tied category. You got to “VA is a tossup” at the end of the article. I also have to wonder where you did your interviews. All in the beltway area or within a stone throw? Southside? Tidewater? Western VA? Was every 5th person black as is the population of VA?

Convention or no, I still think VA is in the too close to call category. Hussein won by I think 10 pts in VA in 08. Not even close. Elections don’t normally shift by that great of a margin.


33 posted on 09/02/2012 5:23:31 PM PDT by RKBA Democrat (WILLARD 2012 - It's not just a campaign, it's a conservative suicide pact!)
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