Skip to comments.Virginia Senate: How Ed Gillespie could pull off an upset
Posted on 06/08/2014 3:29:21 PM PDT by HokieMom
ROANOKE, Virginia Theres no doubt Ed Gillespie is the underdog in the Virginia Senate race.
Hes polled well behind the man hes trying to unseat, Democrat Mark Warner. The incumbent is the richest member of the Senate and a well-liked figure in the state. Meanwhile, many Virginians still dont know who Gillespie is.
But Gillespie, a former Republican National Committee chairman, is an old hand at campaigns. And now that hes the candidate, he insists he can pull off the upset.
I assure you I have never analyzed a race more carefully than this one, and its a very winnable race, the 52-year-old said after nabbing his partys nomination at a convention this weekend.
Read more: http://www.politico.com/story/2014/06/how-ed-gillespie-could-pull-off-an-upset-107569.html#ixzz345bW8Scf
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Polls say otherwise, Ed
Because he ran the RNC, he by default is a GOPe Rovian RINO.
And Mark Warner is a liberal hack. Take your pick.
Its like choosing between a firing squad or the hangman's noose.
Gillespie is more conservative than many on this website give him credit for. He is a practicing Catholic and has won over the conservative activists I work with.
Until and unless, Ed steps up and reaches out to the constitutionalists, I will vote in November but I will leave the Senate vote blank and just vote on the rest of the downballot races.
The amount of vitriol leveled at the Tea Party and libertarians in the wake of his win yesterday is disgusting. It’s bad enough that constitutionalists have to deal with the left but the anger and hate heaped on us by our own party is very distressing. Ed needs to be a leader and mend the rift. Otherwise, it’s PUMA time.
And the control of the Senate hangs in the balance as well. Ed is still much better than Mark Warner.
The idiocy of some posters here still astound me, even after all these years.
Tim Kaine and Nancy Pelosi are “practicing” Catholics. I’m sorry. But with all due respect, that argument is not strong enough to change the optics for me.
Warner supported Obama like 98% of the time..If Gillespie can make that an issue in the race..he’s got a chance. That, and Obamacare, and the new EPA regs..it’s a viable contest..especially when the polling starts to narrow, as it will
No, it’s more like choosing between chicken pox and smallpox.
Control of the senate is what’s at stake. let’s not jeopardize that please.
Amen, Sister Sarah.
Used to be a Virginia voter, and worse, was born in the People’s Socialist Utopian Republic of Fairfax County. If I still was there, I’d leave the ballot blank for that office, effectively NOTA.
“The best way to ensure the repeal of a bad law is to insist on its enforcement.” Same with RATs: Give them to the voters until their communities collapse, and beyond. Don’t allow Dem-LITE RINOs — part of the same crowd, only moving at only a slightly slower pace.
GOPe RINOs controlled the Senate, House, & POTUS for six years under Bush43, and what did we get: The fastest and widest growth of govt., deficits, and debt in U.S. history...until the Marxist-Muzzie fairy who currently occupies the White House. No thanks.
He’s a blank slate and I would give him the benefit of the doubt that he is a vote against Obamacare. Not like Thad Cochran here is Mississippi that has had forty years to show you where his allegiances lie
Yeah, and Drudge headline right now says Illegals pouring into the U.S. And soldiers dying for deserter Bergdahl. People equated Romney with Obama and refused to vote.
Right back at you. Even worse than liberals are “so called” conservatives that don’t care if Democrats win.
Gillespie is a step in the right direction. Warner is a liberal disaster. I would vote for Gillespie if I lived in Virginia.
As much as I would have loved to see someone like Sharron Angle win in Nevada, over what we got I would have taken a moderate unseating Harry Reid.
And I guarantee that of the idiots that say they’re fine with Mark Warner winning — ask which current Republican Senators they would contentedly support — I would guess one of the whole lot or none. That is the fairy tale land they are living in. I would suggest they move to Nazareth — at some point there will return The Candidate that I’m sure they’ll have no reservation supporting.
The main reason that the democrats kick our asses all over the place is the fact that they do not fight each other. For the past forty years the disgruntled among us have demanded a third party. That sure is a good idea. For electing even more democrats. Right now the number one priority should be kicking Harry Reid out of his leadership role, but no. We have to get rid of our old(read experienced)electable senators and congressmen to satisfy some rage. Rage on while the ship of state goes to the bottom.
Bush did nothing to stem the flood of illegals on his watch. Wasn’t even halfhearted about the now-abandoned border fence. Troops are dying in Afghanistan today b/c Bush refused to commit the resources and failed to kill Bin Laden when we had him trapped & wounded on a mountain side. And also b/c Bush pursued COIN/nation-building instead of straight punitive action. Plus he invaded Iraq on bad Intel and allowed the situation in Afghanistan to once again become a mess. I take 2nd place to no one in my disgust with Bathhouse Barry; he’s made everything worse. But there’s not been a real conservative in the WH since Reagan.
As I did in the last gubernatorial race in New Jersey. Governor's vote blank.
Funny I heard that when Romney was the nominee for president. Please someone tell me again how there was not any difference between choosing a moderate repub over a flaming liberal... I’ll take a mealy mouthed republican anytime rather then concede my vote to a democrat.
“The idiocy of some posters here still astound me, even after all these years.”
Interesting comment. So what do you say to
2008 - The Maverick - All in with Teddy Kennedy on political free speech
2012 - The Romniecare masshole
I find it interesting that John Warner is endorsing Mark Warner in this race.
High turnout in NoVA guarantees a Warner victory.
100% behind Ed Gillespie.
I’m in the 7th District, and Republicans here threw out Cantor’s pick for the district chair, and they’re ALL OUT for Dave Brat. Those same hard-working Conservatives are all in for Gillespie. We HAVE to be this time.
You try to win where you can. Shak Hill was a good man, but he was an inarticulate candidate who didn’t have the full-throated support of the Tea Partiers whom I know personally and who have been pounding the pavement since 2009.
NO Mark Warner. NO NO NO.
I am still hoping for veto-proof Senate votes, with possibly WV Manchin on board, and without Virginia we cannot do this!
I was a delegate at the convention yesterday and have been following the campaigns of Gillespie and Hill. I think Ed Gillespie is a strong candidate and has a good shot at winning. If you want 6 more years of Mark Warner, do not complain if the Democrats maintain control of the Senate and block all bills coming from the house. I just do not understand the logic to allow Democrats to maintain control by not voting for someone who, in my mind, is no where near Warner.
“We have to get rid of our old(read experienced)electable senators and congressmen to satisfy some rage.”
I do not understand your comment.
After all we do have Obama, he and McCain are on the same page regarding political free speach. McCain worked with Ted Kennedy. Obama (read experienced) used the IRS
Need another example - RomnieCare
I’d love to see it happen, but, I’ve pretty well given up on, and written off Virginia.
What do I say?
2008: Obama wins
2012: Obama wins
What do you say?
I was a delegate at the convention in Roanoke. This was a coronation by the GOPe. There was just token opposition. I don't know how much you know about politics in VA, but if you think Gillespie is any better than Mark Warner on immigration, the defining issue of our time, then you are dead wrong. We are being given an echo, not a choice.
So you have the choice of the Progressive Party ( DEMS)or the Group of Other Progressives ( GOP)
A hold party hack or a Democrat operative
What difference does it make?
I say the Dictators have won
2nd McCain / Gramnestie
Only option is Ted Cruz / Lee
I love Reagan and have a framed photo of him hanging in my office. So the last time you voted for a candidate for President was 1984?
To your criticisms of Bush, this is all I have to say:
Other option 2000: Al Gore
Other option 2004: John Kerry
I wish it were this easy in real life debates.
I couldn’t agree more. Romney would have been a far superior president, than what we have now. Pride is a brutal master.
Your issue is illegal immigration. I vote pro-life. The issue is easy for me.
Oh! I forgot the obvious. I am underwhelmed with your brilliance and you ability to convince using valid reasoning
“Id love to see it happen, but, Ive pretty well given up on, and written off Virginia.”
I know. Me, too. I can’t give up quite yet and just hand the Old Dominion over to the darkness.
Thank you for your words of encouragement!
“I find it interesting that John Warner is endorsing Mark Warner in this race.”
That’s because Ed Gillespie is a conservative!
I personally know at least five Tea Party convention-goers in Roanoke who voted for Gillespie. This was not “RINO coronation as usual” and you surely MUST know that!
We’ve been losing badly in VA because of bad candidates from both the Tea Party and the RINOs. Both. George Allen was a disaster. Cuccinelli should have won, but his down ticket didn’t help. The conservative convention-goers chose poorly.
Immigration is not the only issue, and I sincerely hope amnesty never passes. But it surely WILL with Mark Warner, along with other horrible government grabs. Mark Warner votes with the socialist 97% of the time.
More hold your nose and vote for the lesser of two evils. This is not the way to win in the long term. Both parties have abandoned the American worker. Warner and Gillespie respond to their corporate paymasters.
More hold your nose and vote for the lesser evil. This is mot the way to win in the long term. Both parties have abandoned the American worker. Warner and Gillespie respond to their corporate paymasters.
Virginia is a purple state about to turn deep blue. NoVA has become the Detroit or Philadelphia when it comes to statewide races. And what happened last year when the Reps nominated a real conservative to be governor--Ken Cuccinelli? Bill Bolling, Boyd Marcus, and the Rep Mayor of Virginia Beach helped Terry McAwful to a narrow victory. When the GOPe doesn't get the nominee they want, they don't support the GOP candidate or fail to accept the nominated GOP candidate and run as independents like Murkowski. Frankly, I am sick of it. Voting for the lesser of two evils only works one way, i.e., when the GOPe is the nominee.
Right now we need to defeat Eric Cantor on Tuesday. The Dems haven't even nominated a candidate to oppose him. Dave Brat is the real conservative. Polls show him trailing 52-40. This despite being outspent by 15 to 1 by Cantor who refused to debate him.
It may look deep blue to you; however, the GOP now holds the majority in both chambers in the General Assembly.
I am pro-life, but it is not like the issue of immigration that is destroying this country for the past three decades. Unless we significantly reduce legal immigration, the Dems will be the permanent majority party. An amnesty will just hasten the process.
In 1990 15% of the population of Fairfax County was foreign-born; today it is 30%. I have worked as a poll watcher and election officer. We are being overwhelmed by the Dems in NoVA and each year it gets worse. We have 31,000 ESOL students in the FC public school system--about one in 6 students. The costs for the ESOL teachers alone are $104 million a year out of a $2.4 billion budget. One out of 4 of the 181,000 students receives free or subsidized meals. Fairfax County is one of the three richest counties in America. Property taxes continue to increase.
Crony capitalism is alive and well in the DC metro area. 7 out the 10 richest counties in the U.S. are in the DC metro area.
Nope, have voted for every Republican candidate since Ford in ‘76, but no more. Won’t support GOPe Rovian RINOs any longer; they’re no better than ‘RATS. Both two wings of the same political organization: The Big Government Lifetime Appropriators Party.
No, it is because Warner is a RINO,
“Why is it so hard to understand?”
There is nothing hard to understand. The RINOs have been using this senseless argument since forever.
We need to put ALL of our efforts into the primaries. In Texas, we had some majors pluses and some major minuses.
On the Plus side we will have a new Lt. Governor, Dan Patric. Someone who is a limited G’ment guy and Border protection first.
On the Minus side we have our current U.S. Senator John Wayne McCornyn (He is just like one of us). There was no credible opposition in the primary for this position. So Texas will be sending a BIG RINO back to the U.S Senate. Harry Reid will be happy as John Wayne McCornyn will use his cloture vote to give Harry Reid everything that Harry Reid desired. This is what John Wayne McCornyn has done in the past to great affect in keeping BIG G’ment dictatorship running